Norwich City takes on Aston Villa in Round 8 of the English Premier League on October 5, 2019, at Carrow Road.
Norwich City was founded in 1902 and the club won the 2018/19 EFL title. Norwich City won the League Cup twice and was first promoted to the top flight in 1972. However, they have never won the Premier League and their best finish in the EPL was when they placed third in 1993.
Last season, Norwich City bucked a slow start to win the Championship and finish five points ahead of their closest rivals. That win earned them a promotion that booked their return to the Premier League this season. Daniel Farke was named as the squad’s first foreign head coach in 2017 and just like what he did at Dortmund, he employed a fast-paced possession style of football in Norwich City.
Norwich City ranks 19th in the EPL with a Goal Difference of -7 goals. The Canaries have scored a league nine goals this season which is 9th best in the EPL this year and they have conceded a total of 16 goals which puts them at 19th in the overall rankings. Norwich City is also tied for 4th in assists with a total of 8 for the season.
Last season’s top goal scorer Teemu Pukki is off to a hot start with six goals scored already in their first six matches. Midfielder Tom Cantwell has two goals and two assists this season while Kenny McLean also has one goal for the Canaries. Emiliano Buendia leads Norwich City with four assists while goalkeeper Tim Krul has conceded 14 goals with 27 saves in six appearances.
Odds from Betonline.ag as of 10/01/19
Aston Villa F.C. was founded in 1874 and the club was one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888 and of the EPL in 1992. Aston Villa is only one of five football clubs in England to win the European Cup, doing so in 1981/82. They have also won the Football League First Division a total of seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times and the UEFA Super Cup once.
Former Brentford manager Dean Smith took over Aston Villa after Steve Bruce was fired and the club finished 5th in the final EFL table while making the playoffs. Villa won the 2019 English Football League final playoff with a 2-1 victory over Derby City and that win earned them promotion back to the Premier League. This season, Aston Villa is making its first appearance in the top flight in three years.
Aston Villa is tied for 8th in the EPL with a Goal Difference of -3. They are also tied for 11th with eight goals scored on the season. Aston Villa has allowed a total of 11 goals in six games, putting them in a tie for 13th place in Goals Conceded. They are also ranked 4th in Assists with a total of eight this campaign.
John McGinn has scored two goals this season for Aston Villa. Midfielders Wesley and Douglas Luiz have also contributed one goal each for the team. Jack Grealish leads the club with two assists while McGinn and Tyler Mings have one assist each for Aston Villa while goalkeeper Tom Heaton has allowed 11 goals and has a total of 15 saves on the season.
Norwich City is the soccer betting favorite in this match. They are 17th in the league with a record of 2-0-5 SU on the season. Norwich City has lost four of its last five matches, going scoreless in all four losses. They have not scored a goal in their last two matches against Burnley and Crystal Palace, losing both games by an aggregate score of 0-4.
Aston Villa is 18th in the EPL with a record of 1-2-4. They lost four out of their first five matches but have emerged with a win against Arsenal and a draw against Burnley in their last two assignments. Burnley came from behind twice to force a 2-2 tie against Aston Villa.
Head to head, Aston Villa has lost just twice in their last 10 matches against Norwich City, going 6-2-2 SU over that period. Aston Villa won the last meeting between these teams 2-0, although that match happened way back in 2016.
Both these teams are struggling for wins right now but between these two teams, Norwich City has the inferior defense. Neither are excellent goal-scoring teams but given Norwich City’s problems, I think Aston Villa can pull off the victory. However, I will pick Norwich City here because they are playing at home and Aston Villa has lost its three road games so far this season. Prediction: Norwich City