Norwich City-Aston Villa Betting preview: Expect goals at both ends on Lambert's return to Carrow Road

The visitors have not kept a clean sheet in 26 Premier League games but Al Hain-Cole expects the presence of Christian Benteke to help ensure both team find the net
Norwich City will be looking to maintain their strong home form when they welcome Aston Villa to Carrow Road on Saturday in the Premier League’s early kick-off.

The Canaries have only lost three of their last 18 league fixtures in front of their own fans and are 7/5 (2.40) favourites with William Hill to come out on top in this one.

However, Paul Lambert twice led the visitors to victory in his former club’s back yard last season and is available at 9/5 (2.80) to make himself even more unpopular in Norfolk by collecting maximum points once again.

Six of the last 11 Premier League games on this ground have ended all square, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the sides cancelling each other out on Saturday.

After starting the season with a fantastic 3-1 win away to Arsenal, three consecutive league defeats have brought the Villains back down to earth fairly abruptly, and more scrutiny is being placed on their leaky backline.

Lambert’s men have now gone an amazing 26 league games since keeping a clean sheet and are unlikely to bring this unwelcome record to an end against a side who have scored 18 goals in their last seven matches on home turf.

However, having hit the back of the net in 10 of their last 11 league fixtures on the road, the visitors will be confident of getting on the score sheet themselves at Carrow Park, and odds of 7/10 (1.70) therefore provide undoubted value on both sides to score.

Much of Villa’s attacking threat comes courtesy of Christian Benteke, who has scored a breath-taking 19 goals in his last 21 appearances for the club, including four of his side’s five goals this season.

With a track record like that, odds of 5/4 (2.25) seem decidedly generous on the big Belgian finding the net against Norwich, as he has in two of the three previous encounters.
Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 7/10 (1.70) with William Hill
Christian Benteke to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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