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THE INSIDE TRACK: ASTON VILLA

30 March 2017

Our guide to The Villans

NORWICH City travel to Aston Villa on Saturday, April 1 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City will come up against at Villa Park.

IN THE PRESS
Sam Johnstone is savouring every moment with Aston Villa as he looks to forge his own individual pathway within the game.

The goalkeeper, currently on loan at Villa Park from Manchester United, has assumed control of the gloves in recent weeks after initially deputising for Pierluigi Gollini.

"The club is massive, it's a Premier League club," the 24-year-old told avfc.co.uk.


"They need to be back up there and hopefully I can help them do that. Walking out at Villa Park on a Saturday in front of 35,000 people, it's crazy.

"I've had loan spells at other clubs but the size of this club tops it off by a mile. That's what you want as a player to push yourself because it can only serve you well.

"Things have turned around for us in recent weeks and I'm really enjoying it."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Nelson Oliveira was the matchwinner when Norwich City hosted Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship earlier this season.

Following a low-key first half in mid-December, the Canaries took control in the second period as they began to stamp their authority on the game.


Robbie Brady went close as City upped the tempo, before Oliveria struck just after the hour-mark to put his side in front.

That goal would prove enough to give the hosts all three points, despite Villa threatening in the closing stages when they went close following a goal-mouth scramble.
 
VILLA TRIVIA
Aston Villa were founded in 1874 and became founder members of the Football League 14 years later, also being founder members of the Premier League over a century further on in 1992.

Villa secured their first FA Cup triumph in 1887, emerging as one of the most successful clubs of the Victoria era by collecting a number of other titles before the end of Queen Victoria's reign.

In 1936 they were relegated to the Second Division but rebuilt after the Second World War to clinch a then-record seventh FA Cup in 1957 when they beat Manchester United's 'Busby Babes'.


On the continent, they are one of only five English clubs to be crowned as champions of Europe, having won the 1981-82 European Cup by defeating German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 in Rotterdam.

Their most recent major honour came in 1996 when they lifted the League Cup with a 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Wembley Stadium.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Jed Steer, Mark Bunn, Sam Johnstone.

Defenders: Nathan Baker, Neil Taylor, Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, James Chester, James Bree, Alan Hutton, Jordan Amavi, Ritchie De Laet.

Midfielders: Henri Lansbury, Leandro Bacuna, Conor Hourihane, Andre Green, Birkir Bjarnason, Gary Gardner, Mile Jedinak, Albert Adomah, Jordan Lyden, Jack Grealish.

Forwards: Scott Hogan, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Libor Kozak, Jonathan Kodjia.



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