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Norwich City vs Aston Villa preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Mohamed Moallim


Published: 18:26, 3 October 2019

Norwich City welcome Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend hoping to end a miserable run of form.

Daniel Farke’s men have won just one of their last five league outings, that incredible 3-2 victory over champions Manchester City, losing the other four.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, are on a four-match winless streak and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last time they were on the road at Arsenal.

Read on for Norwich City vs Aston Villa predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Norwich City vs Aston Villa and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Carrow Road

Date: Saturday, 5 October 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Norwich City vs Aston Villa

05 May 2019: Aston Villa 1-2 Norwich City (Championship)

23 Oct 2018: Norwich City 2-1 Aston Villa (Championship)

07 Apr 2018: Norwich City 3-1 Aston Villa (Championship)

19 Aug 2017: Aston Villa 4-2 Norwich City (Championship)

01 Apr 2017: Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Norwich City (WWWLL) 9-9 Aston Villa (LLLWW)

Ones to watch

Norwich City: Emiliano Buendia

Despite finding themselves a point above the relegation zone, Norwich have outscored ninth-placed Crystal Palace and managed the same amount of goals as Manchester United.

Of those nine efforts, four have been created by their mercurial Argentine forward, Emiliano Buendia, who only trails Kevin De Bruyne (8) in the race to be this season’s ‘assist king’.

Near ever-present, having missed just seven minutes, Buendia has been especially effective at home, with three of his created goals coming at Carrow Road.

Key stat: Only Kevin De Bruyne (29), Trent Alexander-Arnold (23), Riyad Mahrez (20) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (20) have created more chances than Emiliano Buendía (17) in the Premier League this season.

Aston Villa: John McGinn

No fewer than five Aston Villa players have played every single minute in the Premier League this season.

One of them is shining light John McGinn, who is currently their leading scorer on three goals, but more than occasionally finding the back of the net, he’s displayed tenacity and graft, which has subsequently made assimilation to life in England’s top division much smoother.

He’s often left his best performances for games away from Villa Park, so Norwich have been warned.

Key stat: McGinn has so far scored 67% of Aston Villa’s away goals (2/3) in the Premier League this season.

Team news

Norwich City

Daniel Farke has at least seven players out for this weekend’s visit of Aston Villa.

Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose, Tim Krul, Alexander Tettey, Tom Trybull, Mario Vrancic and Christoph Zimmermann are all ruled out through injury.

Ralf Fahrmann and Jamal Lewis, meanwhile, are doubts.

Predicted XI: McGovern; Aarons, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; Leitner, McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki.

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Aston Villa

James Chester is a doubt for Villa this weekend. The 30-year-old central defender, who is also their captain, hasn’t made a single Premier League appearance this season.

Elsewhere, there are no worries for manager Dean Smith, who should make few changes, if any, from last weekend’s side that drew at home against Burnley.

Predicted XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; Nakamba, Hourihane, McGinn; Grealish, El Ghazi; Wesley.

Squawka prediction

Norwich have so far been good at home in their return to the Premier League. An opening 3-1 win over Newcastle United was followed by a narrow 3-2 defeat against Chelsea before they stunned Manchester City.

This is a sharp contrast to Aston Villa on the road, who have suffered three defeats on the bounce (albeit two of those were at Spurs and Arsenal), but given the similar quality possessed by both sides, we can expect closely fought game that should end with the points shared.

Scoreline prediction: Norwich City 2-2 Aston Villa


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