Norwich City v Aston Villa Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Norwich City v Aston Villa

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Saturday, October 5, 2019


Carrow Road

Punter's Pick

Aston Villa have come close to a first away win of the season at Spurs and Arsenal, and may feel against an injury hit opponent they can finally get over the line – back them at 9/5 with Bet365 to shock the home side. Alternatively hedge your bets and back a draw or Villa win at 8/15, again with Bet365.

The battle of the Premier League new boys sees Norwich City take on Aston Villa, with both promoted clubs already feeling the pace after seven games apiece back in the top flight.

Norwich win or bust approach a recipe for relegation?

With two wins and five defeats in their opening seven games, Norwich have clearly set out their stall to go down fighting if they do succumb to relegation back to the Championship. Only bottom placed Watford have lost the same amount of games as the Canaries, although a standout 3-2 victory over champions Manchester City suggests that there is enough quality in the Norwich side to possibly stave off relegation this season.

Manager Daniel Farke to his credit has maintained a cheerful disposition despite those five defeats and a host of injury problems to deal with to key personnel. The question will be whether at some stage he will have to forego Norwich’s all out attacking policy and add a touch of pragmatism to their approach and grind out some ugly results to give themselves a chance of staying up. However would the manager and fans alike settle for a steady but dull 2-0 win on Saturday or an all out, energetic and thrilling 4-3 victory?

Villa showing signs of grasping of top flight requirements

Saturday’s opponents on the other hand, have already showed signs of reining in their attacking intent and trying to find the right balance in order to adjust to the demands of the Premier League. Curiously despite not be recognised as a fearless attacking side this season, Villa have scored only one less goal than Norwich so far, and have conceded five goals less than the Canaries – a sign that they are taking a more pragmatic approach to survival.

The situation could have been even better for Villa had they not let winning positions slip away from them against Tottenham and Arsenal, where a lack of top flight experience more than anything proved to be their undoing. If they maintain those levels of performances both home and away they will believe they have every chance of staying up this season.

Team News

Norwich’s injury problems means they will be forced to hand a first Premier League start to third-choice goalkeeper Michael McGovern, with Ralf Fahrmann and now Tim Krul are ruled out.

Grant Hanley has also picked an injury, meaning up to nine players could be missing through injury. In slightly better news Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey have both been passed fit to take their respective places in the squad.

 

For Aston Villa’s Matt Targett is available despite coming off against Burnley in last weekend’s 2-2 home draw. Tyrone Mings is set to play despite picking up a knock in the same fixture, while Henri Lansbury is back in contention for a place in the starting XI. However, the game comes too soon for Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester, who are more likely to be able to make a return from injury after this fixture and the proceeding international break.

More organised Villa to steal all three points?

Despite being one point and one position below their hosts, Villa have actually shown more signs of finding an approach that could work in the Premier League, compared to Norwich’s current win or lose run of form. If they can keep the Canaries from building up any momentum in the game, and keep close tabs on key forward Teemu Pukki, they have already shown the capacity to score goals on their travels and may fancy nicking all three points against an injury hit and vulnerable home side.

Punter's Pick

Aston Villa have come close to a first away win of the season at Spurs and Arsenal, and may feel against an injury hit opponent they can finally get over the line – back them at 9/5 with Bet365 to shock the home side. Alternatively hedge your bets and back a draw or Villa win at 8/15, again with Bet365.

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