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League Cup

  • 11 December 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26142

Norwich City - Aston Villa Preview: Paul Lambert makes first return to Carrow Road in Capital One Cup

Norwich City - Aston Villa Preview: Paul Lambert makes first return to Carrow Road in Capital One Cup

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The Scot left the Canaries in the summer after helping them secure Premier League safety following back-to-back promotions but is unlikely to get a warm welcome



Whittaker, Bassong, Bennett, Garrido
Tettey, Johnson,
Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington


Lowton, Baker, Clark, Lichaj
Bannan, Westwood, Herd
Agbonlahor, Benteke, Holman

Michael Turner could be in contention for the hosts after missing the last few matches with a shoulder injury sustained in the win over Manchester United, otherwise Ryan Bennett will fight it out with Russell Martin to partner Sebastien Bassong at the heart of the defence.

Mark Bunn will continue to deputise for John Ruddy in the Norwich goal, with the England international ruled out until January due to a thigh injury.

Both sides are expected to field strong line-ups, meaning Paul Lambert may choose to stick with the side that drew 0-0 against Stoke on Saturday - with Darren Bent again restricted to a place on the bench.

This game will probably come too soon for Villa's Charles N'Zogbia (knee), Ron Vlaar (calf) and Joe Bennett (knee), who could all be in contention for Saturday's league game at Liverpool.

  • This game marks Paul Lambert's first return to Carrow Road since leaving Norwich for Aston Villa in acrimonious circumstances last summer, with the Scot still in legal dispute with his former employers.
  • Chris Hughton (pictured right) can also expect an interesting welcome from opposition fans, having formerly been in charge of Villa's bitter rivals Birmingham City.
  • Norwich have been drawn at home in all three of their games in the Capital One Cup so far, while Villa have picked up difficult away wins at Swindon and Manchester City in their previous two ties.
  • The Canaries are now unbeaten in 10 games, while only the two Manchester clubs have defeated Villa in their last nine.
  • The away team has failed to win any of the last eight encounters between these two sides.
  • Aston Villa have won the Capital One Cup on five occasions, including in 1975 when they beat Norwich 1-0 in the final.
  • Norwich have taken home the trophy twice - their only major silverware to date.

Players to watch

R. Snodgrass

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Paul Lambert enjoyed great success in recruiting from the lower leagues during his time at Carrow Road, and the Scottish boss must be casting approving glances at the man his successor picked up from Leeds United in the summer. Snodgrass has added an extra dimension to the Canaries' attack this season, with his guile and wicked left foot more than a match for most Premier League defences.

C. Clark

Position: Defender

Games: 2

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
One of Irish fans' main gripes with national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni is his apparent reluctance to give young players a chance, and the frequent omission of Clark is perhaps their biggest complaint. The 23-year-old has been almost an ever-present at centre-back for Villa this season, thanks to injuries to Richard Dunne and Ron Vlaar, and the lack of such senior players has seen Clark step up and adopt a key position of responsibility.

Editor's Prediction

The Canaries are in great form under Chris Hughton, and have won their last five matches in a row at their intimidating Carrow Road home. The atmosphere should be particularly electric thanks to the return of Paul Lambert, and this will not help a young away side who have only won two of their last 18 on the road.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Norwich City

Aston Villa


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
Aston Villa FC AST
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Top 3 Predictions

Norwich City FC NOR
2 - 1
Aston Villa FC AST
Norwich City FC NOR
1 - 2
Aston Villa FC AST
Norwich City FC NOR
2 - 0
Aston Villa FC AST