Aston Villa vs Norwich
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).
Aston Villa should emerge victorious this Thursday considering their home advantage, and most importantly the massive win they recorded in the reverse fixture just two months back. Count in Norwich’s struggling form on the road, and fans at the Villa Park do have enough reasons to expect the three points for their team.
Aston Villa vs Norwich Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Norwich experienced a heavy 1-5 loss at their home.
- The last five games in a row had goals from both teams, and had over 2.5 goals as well.
- Eight of the previous ten clashes saw the teams at home registering the win.
- Since 2005, disregarding just two encounters, Aston Villa hold a 100% winning record at home.
- Also, Norwich had conceded two or more goals in all of their visits to this venue in the past 14 years, barring just two times.
Aston Villa vs Norwich Match Preview
This is the battle between two newly-promoted teams. Expectedly both have suffered since gaining admission to the top flight, and they are finding it difficult to at least marginally replicate the success they had the last season.
Suffice it to say, points are in dire need for both, and for sure we can expect a tough battle this Thursday.
Moreover, it deserves mentioning that Norwich was the team that shined the most the prior season, as they cruised to the Championship title with a lead of 18 points over Villa. However, it’s the playoff winner Aston Villa, that hold the upper hand here.
Aston Villa vs Norwich Prediction
Villa were soundly beaten at home the last match-day by Southampton. The former were enjoying some newly-found surge of confidence after they had defeated Liverpool in the EFL Cup, with a 5-0 scoreline.
But the fact that the Reds had fielded practically kids, due to their duty in the Club World Cup, was brought to the forefront by Southampton, as they dealt a 1-3 loss to Aston at their own home.
Meanwhile, Norwich had taken an early lead at home over Wolves, with a 17th minute strike. But Wolverhampton managed to script a comeback win with a 1-2 scoreline.
As things stand, Aston are tipped to record the win this Thursday. The most important reason would be how they inflicted a heavy 1-5 loss over this opponent just two months back, and that too on the road. Keep note that the scoreline could have been worse, if not for the missed penalty by Villa.
Going on, the upcoming match-day, Aston have the home advantage as well. They are also in desperate need of a win, and it’s seldom that they get the chance to play the favorites. As such, it could be surely said that the hosts will put forth a worthwhile performance.
In addition, at this venue, Aston have dominated this rival to a great extent. In fact, they have lost just once here since 2005 in such encounters, and disregarding another draw, Villa hold a 100% winning record in those games.
Villa have also scored two or more goals in all of these face-to-face battles at this venue, disregarding just two matches. Meanwhile, Norwich had failed to find the back of the net in two of their last four visits.
Furthermore, Norwich are one of the worst teams on the road in the PL in 2019-20. They have so far scored just five goals away from home, and have won just once away from home this whole league season.
They were also winless in 12 of their previous 13 overall games, and in nine of their last ten away fixtures. The team even had begun their campaign with five road losses on the trot.
Considering all these observations, count on Aston Villa to record a convincing win this Thursday. And due to them being desperate for points, as well as this being a rare chance for Villa to play the favorites, count on them to find the back of the net in the first half itself.
Aston Villa vs Norwich Betting Tips
To Win: Aston Villa @ 2.00 (1/1)
Aston Villa to Score in First Half @ 1.75 (3/4).