Norwich City
0-0-0
+700
-290
Liverpool
0-0-0
Sat, Aug 14 - 12:30p ET   |   NBC   |   Carrow Road
By Landon Smith

Norwich City vs Liverpool EPL 8/14/21 Soccer Preview, Picks, Predictions

Norwich return to life in the Premier League on Saturday when they host Liverpool at Carrow Road.

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Key For Your Bets
1- There have been 40 goals scored in the last eight meetings between these clubs, with six of them going over 3.5.
2- Liverpool have won their last five Premier League matches, scoring 13 goals in the process.
3- Each of Norwich’s last three games last season featured at least four goals.

 

Norwich City
+700
Draw
+165
Liverpool
-290

It's safe to say that Norwich didn't have the best moment the last time they opened a Premier League campaign against Liverpool. They lost 4-1 at Anfield following their promotion to 2018/19 and an equally strong defeat is expected at Carrow Road on Saturday.

This loss at Anfield in 2019 was one of 26 Premier League defeats the Canaries have suffered this season and while they have recovered from an impressive league win, there are serious doubts about their ability to survive in the elite. That makes them one of our top picks for relegation, and it's no wonder I think they'll struggle on Saturday.

Norwich's 97-point streak last season was certainly impressive, but there is a real sense that this team is simply not cut out for the elite and the loss of Emi Buendia cannot be overstated.

Liverpool had a hard time last season, with a defensive injury crisis that ended their title defense early and a terrible streak in the winter that left them almost out of the race for the top four.

However, a nine-game unbeaten streak, of which the last five were victories, saw them rise to third place, and with Virgil van Dijk back in action, Jurgen Klopp expects a much better effort over the next year.

The Reds are the discounted favorites on Saturday, but value can be found in the goal market. 40 goals have been scored in the last eight meetings between these two teams and all but two have surpassed the 3.5 goal mark.

Norwich finished last season with over 3.5 goals in their last three games and the away team has scored 14 goals in their last four outings. I am backing over 3.5 goals here and with Liverpool and both teams scoring in five of the last eight meetings between these two teams, a correct score prediction of 3-1 is also appealing.

Mohamed Salah is a ridiculously short price to find the net, but fellow Liverpool forward Sadio Mane offers some hope. The Senegalese international did not do himself justice last season but he ended the season with a double against Crystal Palace before scoring in two international friendlies. He scored the winning goal in the last meeting of these two teams and I support him to make a difference again.

 

WINNER: Liverpool @ -290

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By Landon Smith, on 12:30p ET