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Third round history implies Norwich win at Fulham in FA Cup

| 14.01.2014

Norwich may not have won any of their last 14 encounters with Fulham, since doing the double over them in 1986, but the record of away teams in all-Premier League FA Cup third round encounters in the last two seasons gives them great hope of ending this run.

Across this season and last, there have so far been 12 third round games to pit two Premier League clubs against each other, with away victories being the most common result.

Meanwhile, in the five fixtures to fit this criteria this season, Arsenal were the only home winners over Tottenham, while three victories were secured on the road, which were upsets for Swansea at Manchester United, Crystal Palace at West Brom and Cardiff at Newcastle.

Norwich are 12/5 in the FA Cup betting to triumph at Fulham, but they will have to secure the victory without new signing Jonas Gutierrez, who is unavailable after not being part of their squad for the initial meeting.

The Canaries have won their last two away games in the FA Cup too, although they are without a win in seven.

Only a single point separates this pair in the Premier League, with Fulham losing seven of their 11 at home and Norwich having an identical record on their travels.

Knowing this does increase the feeling that extra time and even penalties may be required to find a winner between these evenly-matched sides and 12/5 is the price that the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Fulham’s odds are 11/10 to capitalise on their home advantage to win inside 90 minutes and set up a fourth-round tie with League One Sheffield United.

One consistency about Fulham is that they haven’t failed to score in a single home game in all competitions since losing 1-0 to Arsenal back in April.

It is 1/8 that Fulham score at least once against Norwich, although a much tastier price is the 10/11 that Rene Meulensteen’s team net at least twice.