Norwich v Wigan predictions: Cagey Canaries unlikely to come away | Sports News

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Dean Smith’s Norwich side face tricky test against Wigan

Mark Scates – SNS Group

Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Norwich City v Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday.

where to watch

Sky Sports main event and football, 12:30 p.m. Saturday

Best bet

Under 2.5 goals
1pt 5-6 BoyleSports

Match preview

Norwich started the season as outpost favorites to win the Championship but returned to the division with a bump last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff.

The Canaries have managed just one shot on target in this game and another low-scoring affair looks likely when they host Wigan.

Dean Smith’s side were drawn into what became a tasty affair in Wales which saw one player from each side sent off.

It was clear that the effects of finishing the Premier League campaign with the worst goalscorers (23) and with the worst defensive record (84 conceded) were not easily undermined by the drop in level.

The Yellows fans were hopeful for the new campaign given that they have won the Championship in their last two spells in the division. But the matchday one loss demonstrated that they may struggle to master fluidity going forward and make the most of their attacking talents.

League One winners Wigan also returned to the second tier last weekend, playing out a 0-0 draw against Preston North End in their opener.

The Latics’ outstanding performance in this match came from goalkeeper Ben Amos, who made a double save just before halftime to keep the scores level.

Despite their resolute defensive display, manager Leam Richardson might have liked to have seen his side create more authentic chances – most of their effort came from set pieces or set pieces.

Neither side has shown enough of a future to convince that an end-to-end thriller is on the cards and a suspicious affair may follow, particularly if the home support gets frustrated early on.

Key stat

Norwich had the worst goals-per-game record in the top four divisions last season


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