Norwich to edge past Villa in vital clash

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    03 Oct 2019 | Premier League | Preview
    Norwich to edge past Villa in vital clash

    Norwich City face Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Saturday as both teams look to move up the Premier League table.

    The Canaries are down in 17th place with 6 points from their opening 7 matches, while Villa sit a place bellow Norwich on 5 points.

    These two clubs were both promoted from the Championship last season and have struggled to find consistency in the top-flight this term.

    Norwich picked up a famous 3-2 victory against reigning champions Manchester City last month, but have since lost to Burnley and Crystal Palace (suffering a 2-0 defeat on both occasions).

    The Canaries have lost 5 of their 7 league games this season and have failed to keep a clean sheet so far. Only Watford have conceded more goals in the Premier League.

    On the other hand, Villa have lost 4, drawn 2 and won 1 in the league this season. They haven’t been too bad defensively, but have struggled to find goals at the other end of the pitch.

    Villa come into this match having drawn two and lost two of their previous 4 matches and will be desperate to avoid going five league games without a win on Saturday.

    Their last match ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Burnley, so manager Dean Smith can take a lot of positives from that game.

    John McGinn got on the scoresheet again for Villa last time out, making him the club’s joint-top scorer with 3 goals this season.

    As for Norwich, Teemu Pukki leads the way with an impressive 6 goals from 7 league games. However, after a phenomenal start, the Finnish striker has not found the back of the net in his last two league outings.

    Norwich still have a lengthy injury list which includes some key first-team players, while Aston Villa will be without Jonathan Kodjia as he recovers from injury.

    Norwich have won the last three matches between the two teams, but both sides have scored on each of those occasions.

    Still, the head-to-head record between Norwich and Aston Villa has been very tight in recent times, with both teams claiming 5 wins each in the previous 10 meetings.

    This trend looks set to continue on Saturday, as both sides are expected to score. However, the home team is likely to come out on top this time around.

    Forebet predicts a hard-fought Norwich City victory.

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