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Match Previews

Match Preview: Norwich City v Aston Villa

3 October 2019

Norwich City host Aston Villa this weekend for the return of Premier League football at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm KO).

The Canaries haven't played in NR1 since that historic 3-2 win over Manchester City three weeks ago, and will be looking to get back to winning ways following 2-0 defeats on the road at Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Our Match Preview includes a look at the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and a look at who will be the man in the middle at Carrow Road.

There are also details for Villa fans travelling to Norfolk, including security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.

Opposition guide

Despite what the Premier League table might suggest, Aston Villa haven’t had a terrible start to the season. The least favourable statistic is that Dean Smith’s side have dropped more points than anyone else from winning positions (nine) since they were promoted back to the top-flight ahead of this season.

However, they’ve had to get into those winning positions in the first place, and in doing so they boast the second deadliest attack in the bottom seven with eight goals, second only to Norwich who have scored nine.

One man who’s been pivotal to that is the player who’s had Fantasy Premier League managers across the country licking their lips – John McGinn. The Scotsman has three goals and one assist from his first seven games in the league, and has had 21 shots on target, second only to Raheem Sterling.

The highlight of Villa’s opening seven games has to be their sole victory – a 2-0 win at home to Everton towards the end of August. McGinn didn’t score in that one, but Wesley Moraes – who has filled in well in the absence of Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham – did, alongside Anwar El Ghazi.

Last time out, Villa twice gave away a lead to draw 2-2 at home to Burnley. El Ghazi’s first half strike was cancelled out by Jay Rodriguez, before McGinn’s goal was immediately countered with Chris Wood’s.

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Head-to-head

History doesn’t favour Norwich City in this fixture. It’s one Aston Villa have won on 32 of the 70 occasions, while there have been 16 draws and 22 wins for City since 1936.

Last time they met, Norwich lifted the Championship trophy, coming away from Villa Park 2-1 victors on the final day of last season thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic. In fact, City have won each of the past three meetings between the two sides, including a memorable Carrow Road victory and Josh Murphy wondergoal in April 2018.

Ref watch

Andy Madley will be the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon’s fixture. Madley has overseen one Premier League game and three Championship games so far this season, handing out 13 yellow cards and one red card across those matches.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game in April 2019 for a Championship game at home to Blackburn Rovers. City won 2-1 thanks to early goals from Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic, and Madley showed four yellow cards in the match.

For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Scott Ledger and Derek Eaton, with Darren Bond the fourth official. Stuart Attwell and Constantine Hatzidakis will be overseeing VAR.

Info for supporters

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans now have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 1pm.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone returns this weekend. For more details, click here. Junior Canaries will have the opportunity to meet Norwich City legends Darren Huckerby, Adam Drury and Jeremy Goss at the members-only area at the Family FanZone. Click here for more details.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

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How to follow

The match will not be broadcast live in the UK but fans can watch highlights on the Norwich City YouTube channel 48 hours after the final whistle.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Match Reports

City comfortably beaten in 5-1 Villa defeat

5 October 2019

Norwich City were convincingly beaten at home as fellow promoted side Aston Villa put five past Daniel Farke's side at Carrow Road on Saturday.

In a third consecutive Premier League defeat, City might have been level had a Tyrone Mings handball been awarded for a penalty by VAR, but it wasn't to be.

A Michael McGovern penalty save wasn't enough to rally the troops, as Wesley, Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane, and Douglas Luiz all buried chances to take three points back to Birmingham, Josip Drmic's late goal only a consolation.

An action-packed first half began with the away side on top, Villa going close through Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn early on.

City responded with their first chance in the 8th minute as a good counter-attack, started by Todd Cantwell winning the ball from a stray Grealish pass, amounted to naught as Marco Stiepermann's charge at the defence was finalised with a shot straight at Tom Heaton.

Stiepermann blasted another effort well over the bar shortly thereafter, before Villa broke the deadlock on the 14th minute. El Ghazi delivered a cross from the right wing and Wesley read the offside trap well, getting on the wrong side of Ben Godfrey to collect and place in the bottom left corner for 1-0.

That goal got Norwich going again with a string of half-chance and corners, including a Cantwell volley sailing over the bar.

McGovern made an admirable save from Grealish in the 25th minute, diving to his left to push the ball around the post after the Villa midfielder found himself in plenty of time and space to let fly from distance. 

McGovern's next save was less straightforward, as a Hourihane corner was headed onto his chest by Wesley before El Ghazi knocked the rebound onto the bar from close range.

It should have been 2-0 to Villa, but it arguably should have been 1-1 moments later when a goalmouth scramble in Villa's penalty area led to Mings handling the ball while lying on the ground. The referee didn't award a penalty, and bizarrely VAR didn't either.

Needless to say, City fans weren't best pleased when the visitors went up the other end and doubled their lead moments later. Hourihane's cross from the left wing was was dispatched by Wesley for 2-0.

With eight minutes to go until half-time, it looked as though the game could be out of sight when Andrew Madley pointed to the spot for a Villa penalty. Kenny McLean put in a late challenge on Hourihane and there was little he could protest about as Wesley stepped up for a chance to bag his hat-trick.

On a side note, the spot kick did give Ibrahim Amadou a chance to put his boot back on, after he'd been playing without it for a good minute or so.

With Norwich fans fearing the worst and a mountain to climb in the second half, McGovern produced a fine double save to deny Wesley his hat-trick, diving to his right to stop the initial penalty and then making himself big to deflect the rebound over the bar.

The save rejuvenated a frustrated Carrow Road crowd and got City going again, just what they needed. Leitner shot from distance on the brink of half-time, but it failed to trouble Heaton, much like the majority of City's first-half efforts, as they went into the break 2-0 down, but with the satisfaction that it wasn't 3-0.

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The second half didn't get underway with any real sign that Norwich would work a way back into the game, rather, Grealish made the task even less achievable when he put Dean Smith's side 3-0 up in 49 minutes following a one-two with Al Ghazi.

Emiliano Buendia and Cantwell both had chance shortly after, the latter's being driven straight at a squinting Heaton from a narrow angle. 

But the afternoon became an exercise of damage limitation for City after Hourihane made it four on the 61st minute. Matt Targett won the ball from Buendia in a dangerous area and Hourihane curled a shot into the left side of the goal to put the result beyond doubt.

At 4-0, Villa were more than comfortable enough to see out the remaining half-hour with little to worry about. Godfrey volleyed a chance over the bar for City, but the Canaries couldn't find a way beyond Villa's back-line to forge a clear-cut chance.

Douglas Luiz rubbed salt into the wounds with seven minutes remaining, curling an impressive shot into the top right corner for 5-0.

Drmic nabbed a consolation goal with just minutes to spare, beating Heaton to a loose ball and placing it into an empty net to give the City fans at least something to cheer about, but it was an afternoon to forget at Carrow Road.

Norwich City: McGovern, Aarons, Amadou, Godfrey (C), Lewis, McLean, Leitner, Buendia, Stiepermann (Roberts 75'), Cantwell (Srbeny 80'), Pukki (Drmic 83')
Subs not used: Mair, Byram, Idah, Famewo
Goals: Drmic (88')
Bookings: Pukki (32')

Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels (Konsa 75'), Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane (Luiz 77'), McGinn, Grealish (C), El Ghazi (Trezeguet 64'), Wesley
Subs not used: Steer, Taylor, Jota, Davis
Goals: Wesley (14', 30'), Grealish (49'), Hourihane (61')
Bookings: McGinn (42'), Hourihane (62'), Guilbert (70'), Douglas Luiz (83')

Referee: Andy Madley
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 
HT: 0-2

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 13:59
2nd Goal: 29:32
3rd Goal: 48:35
4th Goal: 60:29
5th Goal: 82:03
6th Goal: 87:05

Lucky Number 1916

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