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CITY V VILLA PREVIEW

10 December 2012

A look ahead to Tuesday night's clash

NORWICH City take on Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final on Tuesday night with a coveted spot in the final four up for grabs at Carrow Road.

The match will be City’s 14th appearance in the last-16 - their first since 1996, and if they advance will be their sixth-ever semi-final in the competition.

Chris Hughton’s side could hardly be coming into the match in better form, having beaten Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to an incredible ten games in all competitions.

Former City manager Paul Lambert will be occupying the away dugout on Tuesday night – the first time he has returned to Carrow Road since he left for Aston Villa in the summer. 

His team are themselves four games without defeat, coming into the match on the back of a creditable 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City at Villa Park.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm, and you can listen live to the action through Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and through our official Twitter (@NorwichCityFC) and Facebook pages

TEAM NEWS:
CITY: Goalkeeper John Ruddy is out with a thigh injury for a few months, but Michael Turner returns from a shoulder injury. Steven Whittaker (hip), Wes Hoolahan, Ryan Bennett, and Alex Tettey (thigh) are doubts. It is hoped that on-loan Spurs striker Harry Kane (foot) will begin training again in the next few weeks.

ASTON VILLA: The visitors are set to be without Edna Steven (ankle), and Gary Gardner (knee) for the trip to Carrow Road, as well as defender Richard Dunne. Charles N’Zogbia (knee), Joe Bennett (knee), and Ron Vlaar (calf) are all doubts. 

CAPITAL ONE CUP: 
CITY: 
Second round - Norwich City 2, Scunthorpe United 1 
Third Round - Norwich City 1, Doncaster Rovers 0 
Fourth Round - Norwich City 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1 

ASTON VILLA: 
Second round - Aston Villa 3, Tranmere Rovers 0 
Third Round - Manchester City 2, Aston Villa 4 AET 
Fourth Round - Swindon Town 2, Aston Villa 3

LAST LINE UPS:
Swansea v CITY
Mark BUNN,
Steven WHITTAKER,
Sebastien BASSONG,
Javier GARRIDO,
Russell MARTIN,
Bradley JOHNSON,
Anthony PILKINGTON,
Wes HOOLAHAN,
Robert SNODGRASS,
Jonny HOWSON,
Grant HOLT (c)

ASTON VILLA v Stoke City
Brad GUZAN,
Ciaran CLARK,
Eric LICHAJ,
Nathan BAKER,
Matthew LOWTON,
Brett HOLMAN,
Ashley WESTWOOD,
Barry BANNAN,
Chris HERD,
Gabriel AGBONLAHOR (c),
Christian BENTEKE.

 PAUL LAMBERTMANAGER:
Former Scottish international Paul Lambert joined the midlands club in the summer following a successful three year spell in charge of Norwich City, in which he guided the Club to back-to-back promotions and a 12th placed Premier League. The 43-year-old Scot has also had spells in charge of Colchester United, Wycombe Wanderers, and Livingston. He also won numerous trophies in Scotland with Celtic, as well as a Champions League winner’s medial with Borussia Dortmund in 1997.

 DARREN BENTONE-TO-WATCH:
England striker Darren Bent was signed to Villa by Gerard Houllier in a reported £24M deal in January 2011. Since then the former Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, and Sunderland striker has scored 20 Premier League goals for the Villa Park side. The striker’s pace and finishing make him a dangerous opponent, and he has netted three times in 12 appearances so far this season. City will know all about the 28-year-old after he scored twice in a 3-2 win over Norwich at Villa Park last November. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD 
Norwich City v Aston Villa
Norwich City winsDrawsAston Villa wins
League161520
FA Cup111
League Cup004
Total171625
Whilst the home side have the better head-to-head record overall, it is the Canaries who won the last encounter – a one-sided 2-0 victory at Carrow Road on the final day of last season. Prior to that the last time the Canaries triumphed over Villa at Carrow Road was a 1-0 win in the 1992-93 season courtesy of a John Polston.

TOP LEAGUE SCORER
CITY: Grant Holt – Four league goals 

ASTON VILLA: Christian Benteke – Three league goals

MOST LEAGUE STARTS
CITY: Bradley Johnson – 16 league starts

ASTON VILLA: Matthew Lowton – 16 league starts

 MICHAEL OLIVERREFEREE:
Northumberland-based referee Oliver is the man in charge for Tuesday night’s game, having taken charge of both teams just once this season. He was the man-in-the-middle for City’s opening day defeat to Fulham, as well as Aston Villa’s 3-1 home loss to Everton, sending off Ciaran Clark. The 27-year-old sent off Grant Holt in November 2010 during City’s 3-3 draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

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