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May 13, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 26803‎
8′ Grant Holt
22′ K. Jackson

Norwich - Aston Villa Preview: McLeish hopes to give supporters something to cheer after securing safety

The Canaries will look to end on a high after a dream season under Paul Lambert, whilst his opposite number seeks to soothe the hostile fan response at Villa Park

By Arthur Virgo

Alex McLeish, Aston Villa
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Naughton, Bennett, Martin, Lappin

Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Hoolahan
Jackson, Holt

Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Lichaj

Clark, Herd
N'Zogbia, Ireland, Warnock


Norwich manager Paul Lambert has rotated his squad throughout the season but could continue with a similar back four in this game to that which secured a draw against Arsenal.

David Fox is an alternative to Jonny Howson or Bradley Johnson in the middle of the park, while winger Anthony Pilkington could start in place of either winger Elliott Bennett or playmaker Wes Hoolahan.

Simeon Jackson partnered top scorer Grant Holt last week up front, but Steve Morison, James Vaughan and Aaron Wilbraham are other candidates.

McLeish lost Alan Hutton to a knee injury last week against Tottenham, which allowed centre back James Collins back into the side with Carlos Cuellar moving to right back.

Forward Andreas Weimann's season has been ended prematurely with a knee injury, however Gabriel Agbonlahor looks set to start having recoved from bruised ribs. Emile Heskey could also feature having recovered from a knock to his ankle.

  • Norwich secured their Premier League survival early and are currently 13th in the table with 44 points.

  • The Canaries had lost three consecutive matches before last week's spectacular 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates.

  • Top scorer Grant Holt has found himself winning calls for inclusion in the England squad after hitting 14 goals in his first Premier League season.

  • Paul Lambert’s men were beaten 3-2 away at Aston Villa when the sides met in November, despite taking the lead through Anthony Pilkington.

  • Villa only secured their Premier League status last week with a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham.

  • Only Manchester United have lost fewer away games this season than Villa (5).

  • Alex McLeish’s side have suffered injuries to several key players this season, with captain Stiliyan Petrov being diagnosed with leukemia and top scorer Darren Bent out since March having suffered ankle ligament damage.

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