Manchester United is another team that has hit a rough spot lately and needs to post three points before things get any worse. They dropped a 2-1 decision on the road to newly-promoted Bournemouth last weekend and will be up against another newly-promoted side in Norwich City this week. United will be hosting Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday, December 19 as they try to hang onto their top-four position. They head into this match on a three-game winless streak with two draws and a loss and were also recently knocked out of the European Champions League. United is a tough nut to crack at home though as they’re unbeaten their and has allowed just one goal against.
Manchester United vs Norwich City – bet365 SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- bet365 currently lists Man United as the favorite at 4/9 with Norwich 13/2 and a draw at 10/3
Manchester United vs Norwich City – Head to Head
- Man United won 4-0 in their last home match with Norwich in 2014 and were 1-0 victors on the road. They’ve won four in a row against Norwich in all competitions and outscored them 13-0 in that stretch. Norwich’s last win was a 1-0 league result in November of 2012. Norwich has beaten United just twice in their past 14 attempts. Juan Mata has scored four times in his last six league games with Norwich and Wayne Rooney has scored three times in four league contests against them. Overall, the two sides have met 59 times with United winning 35, losing 12 and drawing 12.
Norwich managed a 1-1 home draw against Everton last weekend, but they’ve slipped into the relegation zone and have lost their past four away matches. Man United enters the weekend in fourth place with a record of eight wins, five draws and three losses with 21 goals scored and a league-low 12 against. They’ve won four at home to go along with three draws and have outscored their opponents nine to one. United has posted nine clean sheets this season and have been shut out five times themselves. At 29 points they sit just six behind league-leading Leicester City.
Norwich sits in 18th place in the 20-team league with 14 points from three victories, five draws and eight defeats. They’ve scored 18 times and allowed 28 against. They’ve played eight road games with just one won to go along with two draws and five defeats. They’ve scored nine times o their travels and allowed 18 against. Norwich has posted just one clean sheet this season and has been shutout four times. They have four losses and a pair of draws in their past six road outings.
United has two wins in their last six league matches and the fans aren’t too happy with manager Louis Van Gaal and his boring tactics. Fans are expecting them to beat Norwich, since their opponents have just one win in their past 11 contests and United has lost just once at home in their past 15 games. Norwich also has a lone win in their past 18 road outings with 13 losses and four draws. United has six shutouts in seven home matches with the only goal allowed being scored by Liverpool back in September.
United will be without defenders Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia due to injury while Rooney and Chris Smalling are both expected back. However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is still suspended. Norwich will be without Matthew Jarvis, but defender Andre Wisdom could be back.
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By Ian Palmer