Norwich City's English head coach Dean Smith looks on during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from their narrow 1-0 defeat at Anfield when they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City on Tuesday.
Under normal circumstances it’s not a game many would be paying too much attention to. But with boyhood Villan and former Villa manager Dean Smith now in the dugout in Norfolk, it’s suddenly looking a little more tasty.
There’s no ill-will on either side. Results have picked up for both Villa and Norwich since their respective change around and so it appears to be, for now at least, a move that has suited the two parties equally.
Smith will no doubt receive a superb reception from the traveling Villans and rightly so but like it was for Steven Gerrard at Anfield, once that first whistle goes - it will be all business with both sides going gung-ho for the three points.
When is the game?
The game takes place on Tuesday December 14 at Norwich City’s home of Carrow Road. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 (GMT).
Is the game on TV?
It is live on BT Sport 3 with coverage beginning from 19:15.
How can I stream it?
BT Sport customers can stream the game via the BT Sport app using any good smart device or platform.
Villa will be without Marvelous Nakamba who was replaced midway through the second-half of the defeat at Anfield. Steven Gerrard states that the midfielder has been sent for an MRI scan and the club are awaiting results of the severity of the injury.
Gerrard also says that Villa will be without two first team players who have contracted coronavirus over the last few days, though wouldn’t reveal who due to medical confidentiality.
Norwich on the other hand will be without captain Grant Hanley who was forced off after just 10 minutes in the defeat to Manchester United.
Smith also added that the Canaries will be without Christos Tzolis who has contracted COVID-19 and is therefore isolating.
Norwich City: WWDDLL
Aston Villa: LWWLWL
Both sides go into this one off the back of weekend defeats but it’s fair to say Villa have edged it in terms of recent results.
Gerrard has only lost two games since his arrival at Villa Park, both by just a single goal to title challengers Manchester City & Liverpool respectively. Smith on the other hand has only won one - his first - a 2-1 victory over Southampton on November 20.
Villa have the much better recent record out of the two, winning nine out of the last 15 meeting between the sides.
The two haven’t drawn a game in nearly a decade - the last one being a 1-1 at Villa Park in October 2012. Christian Benteke scored for the hosts that day before Joe Bennett saw red and Michael Turner leveled things up for Norwich.
Norwich City (4-3-3): Krul; Aarons, Sorensen, Kabak, Giannoulis; Rupp, McLean, Gilmour; Placheta, Pukki, Sargent
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Sanson, Luiz; Ramsey, Watkins, Buendia
Norwich City 1-1 Aston Villa
Under normal circumstances I’d fancy Villa every day of the week but with the whole Dean Smith factor I can just see it playing out as a draw. I mean, the conte
Norwich City: 11/5
Aston Villa: 5/4
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