Southampton claimed an EFL Cup semi-final first-leg victory against Liverpool last week and the Premier League side will be hoping to knock Championship outfit Norwich City out of the FA Cup when the two teams meet in a third round replay on Wednesday.
Scotland international Steven Naismith scored a last-gasp equaliser to keep the Canaries in the competition when these teams locked horns at Carrow Road earlier in the month, but Claude Puel’s side will be hoping to make home advantage count when the rivalry is renewed in Hampshire.
The Saints have a strong record at St Mary’s, having been beaten in just three of their 16 games on home soil so far this season, and the team from the top flight are chalked up as Paddy Power’s 8/13 (1.62) favourites to win this one inside 90 minutes.
Alex Neil’s side suffered a dismal defeat at the hands of Rotherham United in the Championship at the weekend and the Canaries, who are without a win in their last nine games away from home, will be desperate to put their troubles on their travels behind them in this tie. Norwich are chalked up at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) with Betway to claim victory though, while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match remains deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes.
Norwich have won just one of their last eight FA Cup ties, but the Canaries can take confidence from a thrilling 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park in the EFL Cup earlier in the season and Neill’s charges would dearly love to replicate that result. Southampton have scored in all but one of their last 21 FA Cup ties, but the Saints have won just one of their last six matches in the competition and they will be surely see this tie as a golden opportunity to improve upon that poor record.
The hosts will be determined to keep their dreams of a domestic Cup double alive and Puel’s men are certainly capable of claiming a comfortable victory against the Championship side at St Mary’s. The Saints have kept a clean sheet in all but one of their last seven domestic victories on home turf and Paddy Power’s 13/10 (2.30) quote for the Canaries to draw a blank in this match offers excellent value.
It is, therefore, the 13/10 (2.30) quote on offer from Betway for Southampton to keep another home clean sheet that is the recommended play for punters.
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