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Norwich v Aston Villa: Canaries to fly over woefully out-of-form Villa

| 11.05.2012

Being comfortably clear of the relegation zone represents a good season for Norwich, who aim to round off their season by beating Aston Villa at 5/4 on Sunday.

This has been an infrequently occurring fixture in recent times, though it may be worth noting that four of the last six meetings between the sides have ended level, so the draw could see some support at 12/5.

Meanwhile, Villa have won the last two encounters, including a 3-2 success earlier this season, which may encourage some to get behind them at 2/1 this weekend.

Alex McLeish’s travellers have been on a dismal run of form lately however, winning only once in their last 16 games in all competitions.

A lack of cutting edge in front of goal has seen Villa average less than a goal per game on the road, so Norwich may prove value at 5/2 to keep a clean sheet.

Norwich themselves haven’t been particularly free scoring in front of their own fans, so a narrow victory may be the best they can hope for at the weekend.

They are 5/2 to win a match featuring three or more goals, which looks worthy of investment considering Norwich have triumphed by a 2-1 scoreline seven times this term.

Punters can alternatively simply back a 2-1 Canaries success at a bigger 8/1, whilst Paul Lambert’s men are 11/8 to score two or three goals in Sunday’s match.

It should be noted that the home side have led in a third of their Carrow Road matches by half-time this season, whilst Villa have gone in behind at the break in the same amount of games.

It is 13/5 that Norwich lead at half-time and full-time this weekend, and a big 4/1 that they win both halves.

Sunday’s match represents Grant Holt’s last chance to make an impression before England’s provisional Euro 2012 squad is named meanwhile, and the physical forward is an appealing 9/2 prospect to notch first.



John Klee