Venue: Carrow Road
Date: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Referee: Tim Robinson
Norwich City: L L L W L
Aston Villa: W D W L W
Last time the two teams met: 6th February 2016 – Aston Villa 2 – 0 Norwich City
A goal from Gabby Agbonlahor and an own goal from Tim Klose saw the Villans secure one of their three victories of the season.
Carrow Road has been a fruitful hunting ground for Aston Villa Football Club in recent years. The Villans have won on their last four trips to Norwich and will be looking to build on the confidence boost they will have taken from Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Wigan Athletic. That would make Villa the favourites with most bookies but they arent great on the road, or on Sky, so I would probably make the most of these Betfair promo codes.
The weekend’s game showed the Villans’ ability to win ugly when it looked like a draw was the best they could hope for and winning in that way is a good sign for the rest of their season. It may look unrealistic that they can make it into the automatic promotion hunt but they are creeping up on the play-off contenders.
Norwich City, on the other hand, is in freefall. The hosts will head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Barnsley. Alex Neil’s side has lost four of the last five games and the pressure is starting to build on the Scot, whose job is on the line. There have been calls from some fans for Neil to be relieved of his duties after the horrendous run of results that has seen them fall away from the automatic promotion places.
With the hosts low on confidence, Bruce’s side will be looking to start the game at a fast pace to put Norwich City on the back foot and make the home fans anxious and create an unpleasant atmosphere around the ground. They will be looking for the pace and power of the influential duo of Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia to really frighten the home side and hopefully snatch three points that could put them just a single point off the play-off positions.
Ross McCormack returned to action as a substitute on Saturday. After Jordan Ayew’s woeful performance, he will be hoping to see his name in the starting XI.
There are no new injury worries, with Nathan Baker still not fully fit and Micah Richards and Ritchie De Laet the other absentees.
The hosts have to wait on a late fitness tests on former Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome and midfielder Alex Tettey. The duo are struggling with back and groin injuries respectively.
Steven Naismith and Michael McGovern are back in contention for the Canaries. Naismith missed the defeat to Barnsley on Saturday with a hamstring injury and McGovern has also returned to training after injury.
One to watch:
Brady (pictured) is a dangerous winger come left-back, who has a rocket of a left foot. Playing mostly on the left, Alan Hutton will know that he has been in a game come quarter to ten tonight.
After impressing for the Republic of Ireland in the European Championships, scoring a memorable winner in the 1-0 victory over Italy, Brady was rumoured to be wanted by a host of Premier League clubs but Norwich City somehow managed to keep hold of a prized asset.
Yesterday, Alan Nixon suggested that Steve Bruce, a man Brady has played under previously, will tempt the Republic of Ireland star to make a move to Villa Park next month.
The Villa defence will not need to be told how dangerous Brady can be, especially if he is given a shooting opportunity, so they will need to be careful not to give away silly free-kicks in dangerous areas if they are to get anything from the game at Carrow Road.