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  • November 5, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 35290
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Norwich City

The visitors will want to keep their first clean sheet of the season whilst Alex McLeish's men will hope to change their reputation as draw specialists having tied six matches .


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock
Herd, Petrov
N'Zogbia, Heskey, Agbonlahor
Bent

NORWICH CITY

 
Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Morison
Jermaine Jenas may finally make his way into the Villa squad for the first time this season, but his inclusion would almost certainly be on the bench with several midfielders with much more first-team action under their belts waiting on the sidelines for a place in the starting XI.

Norwich could put club captain Grant Holt back in to the side after his heroics coming on from the bench in their recent matches, but it is unlikely Paul Lambert will make any other changes to his side.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich has won just one of its five away matches this season – a 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers
  • The Canaries have to go back to May 2005 for their last Premier League clean sheet – a 1-0 win over Birmingham City in their penultimate game of the season
  • The last meeting between these two sides was in 2005 at Villa Park, with Aston Villa triumphing 3-0 thanks to goals from Liam Ridgewell, Lee Hendrie and Nolberto Solano
  • Both teams have played 24 league matches at each other’s grounds: Norwich has 12 wins to Villa’s four at home and the Villans have 15 wins to the Canaries have three at Villa Park
  • Norwich’s last away win at Villa came in November 1992 and cemented their position at the top of the Premier League, a place where it had stayed until January the year after. The club finished third that season, two points behind second-placed Villa despite having a goal difference of -4
  • Norwich has conceded five penalties, which is most in the league with Grant Holt’s goal last week the only one it has received
  • Before its comeback against Blackburn Rovers, Norwich’s latest goal in the league this season had come in the 63rd minute. It has conceded five goals in the last 10 minutes of matches. Last season it scored 12 goals in the 90th minute or later
  • Villa has had the fewest shots on goal (97) and the second fewest on target (44) which is just one less than Stoke City
  • Norwich has received just 11 yellow cards, the fewest in the league, but has had two players sent off

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Norwich City

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
55%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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