Aston Villa - Norwich City Betting Preview: Back the home side to edge a tight encounter

With just 12 goals between these two sides in 16 Premier League matches so far, a tight encounter looks to be on the cards. Willie Duncan is backing a narrow victory for the hosts
Norwich City grabbed a vital victory last weekend when they defeated Arsenal at Carrow Road and Chris Hughton will be hoping that his side can build on that result when they visit fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Lambert left the Canaries for Villa Park in the summer and the Scot will be anticipating his new side picking up only their second win of the campaign so far - Villa are chalked up at 17/20 (1.85) with Sportingbet to take all three points from this weekend’s clash.

Norwich will have been buoyed by the victory over Arsenal but they have just one point and two goals from their four previous away games this term.

It is no surprise to see Hughton’s side available at a chunky 11/4 (3.75) with Sportingbet to secure back-to-back Premier League victories by seeing off the hosts. The same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in deadlock.

A chronic lack of goals has dogged both sides throughout the campaign so far and, indeed, with just six goals apiece, these sides are the joint lowest scorers in the Premier League along with Sunderland.

It makes sense, then, to expect a low-scoring clash when these two meet and Sportingbet’s generous even money (2.0) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored certainly carries considerable appeal while the 21/10 (3.10) with Sportingbet for no goals to be scored in the first half is also sure to attract support.

The home side will hope that England striker Darren Bent can find his scoring touch ahead of the clash at Villa Park. The striker, who has managed just two goals in eight appearances this season is rated as a 4/1 (5.0) chance with Sportingbet to score first.

Belgium international Christian Benteke, who scored for his country against Serbia and Scotland respectively during the recent international break, is available at 5/1 (6.0) with Sportingbet.

Grant Holt was Norwich’s hero against Arsenal last weekend and the striker is available at a chunky 13/2 (7.50) with Sportingbet to open the scoring for the Canaries again here while Wes Hoolahan is available at 9/1 (10.0) to score first with the same firm.

Villa, though, should edge a tight encounter and Sportingbet’s good 7/1 (8.0) quote for the home side to win 1-0 is the value play here.

Under 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) with Sportingbet
Aston Villa to win 1-0 at 7/1 (8.0) with Sportingbet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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