Both teams desperately need the three points
Last updated: February 2, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Norwich are on a run of 3 consecutive Premier League defeats and now The Canaries are going to visit the bottom team of the standings – Aston Villa. Alex Neil’s lads easily beat The Lions 2-0 in the first meeting between these two teams this season. Howson and Mbokani scored for Norwich. But now, the game won’t be that easy for The Canaries.
The Villains haven’t lost in their last 3 Premiership matches. They won at home against Crystal Palace 1-0 and drew against West Brom (0-0) then the leaders Leicester City (1-1). Aston Villa have collected 13 points so far and are 10 below the safe 17th position. So, if they win against Norwich they will significantly improve their chances of staying in The Premier League.
In addition, Norwich struggle when playing at Villa Park, having won only 2 of 21 matches. They have conceded 41 and have scored only 24 goals on their visits to Birmingham. The Canaries’ manager Alex Neil hopes he can change the stats and win the game, but he knows that the task won’t be easy.
Norwich made some great selections during the transfer window. The Canaries bought Naismith of Everton, T. Klose of Wolfsburg, Ivo Pinto of Dinamo Zagreb and loaned Patrick Bamford from Chelsea.
Gary O’Neil was sent off against Stoke City, but his suspension has now expired. He can be included again in Norwich’s group for the match.
Carlos Sanchez, Amavi and Adama Traore are injured for The Villains. Sanchez has a hamstring problem, while Traore is suffering from an ankle injury.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has now recovered from his hip injury and he can be included in Villa’s group, but he’s likely to start from the bench.
Quotes of the week
Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “I don’t want to blame any of my players. They tried to play, tried to do their best.”
Alex Neil (Norwich) : “Bamford is a young forward determined to make his way in the game, and adds competition for us at the top end of the pitch.”
|Aston Villa (4-2-3-1):||Bunn, Bacuna, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Veretout, Charles Gil, Westwood, Ayew, Kozak.|
|Subs||Grealish, Agbonlahor, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Guzan, Richards.|
|Injured:||Amavi, Sanchez, Traore.|
|Norwich (5-4-1):||Ruddy, Klose, Ivo Pinto, Brady, Martin, Tettey, Redmond, Naismith, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.|
|Subs||Dorrans, Olsson, Rudd, Jerome, O’Neil, Jarvis, Mulumbu.|
So far this season
|Aston Villa this season||Norwich this season|
|1 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|1-0 vs. Crystal Palace and Bournemouth||Biggest win||3-1 vs. Sunderland and Bournemouth|
|4 (3)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (2)|
|6 (8)||(at home) Losses (away)||4 (8)|
|0-4 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||2-6 to Newcastle|
|Ayew (5)||Top scorer||Mbokani, Redmond (4)|
|Veretout (3)||Assist Leader||Hoolahan (7)|
|Y49, R0||Discipline||Y34, R3|
|9||Failures to score||6|
|12||Both Teams to Score Games||14|
|9||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|14||Under 2.5 Games||10|
- Aston Villa have won only 1 home game in The Premier League this season (1-0 vs. Crystal Palace). They have lost 6 matches and have finished with a draw on 4 occasions.
- Norwich have lost 3 consecutive away Premier League matches. They conceded 9 goals and scored just once. Their last victory away from Carrow Road was more than a month ago against Man United.
- Norwich last won at Villa Park in 1992. The Canaries recorded a 3-2 victory. Since then, they have lost 3 matches and have finished with a draw 3 times.
- Aston Villa won 4-1 against Norwich a season ago. The Canaries took the lead in the 3rd minute, but Benteke (2), Bacuna and Bassong (own goal) turned things around for Aston Villa.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|28/12/15||The Premier League||Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa||J. Howson 24′|
|02/03/14||The Premier League||Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich||Hoolahan 3′|
|21/09/13||The Premier League||Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa||L. Kozák 30′|
|04/05/13||The Premier League||Norwich 1-2 Aston Villa||G. Agbonlahor 55′|
|11/12/12||The Capital One Cup||Norwich 1-4 Aston Villa||S. Morison 19′|