Norwich City visit Aston Villa on Sunday and would nurture hopes of scoring an upset win against an inconsistent home side. Aston Villa are currently safe from relegation but that situation could change easily. Their home record in recent weeks has been abysmal with just the one win in eight in all competitions, registered against West Brom, with a scoreline of 4-3. Aston Villa lost 0-2 when the latest visitors West Ham came to Villa Park.
Paul Lambert’s wards have displayed resilient ability and the capacity to fight back from adversity. However, they are by no means among the strongest of sides. In fact, they have been unimpressive in defense, have given away ball possession to their rivals easily, and their forwards have betrayed a tendency for being offside. Interestingly, Lambert was in charge of Norwich until he left Carrow Road in June 2012, and that could add a bit of excitement to the game.
Norwich are buoyant after a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham in their last league match on the back of a goal by Snodgrass. But the Canaries have not been the best travelers this season and have not recorded a win in six successive previous games on the road, losing four and drawing the other two. Alarmingly, they have failed to score a goal in four of those matches. Chris Hughton's wards have been particularly poor in defense though that frailty was not visible in their 1-0 win at home to Tottenham. While Villa are 13th in the points table, Norwich are just one place behind them, though both teams are equal on points. Norwich, like Villa, are not free of the risk of relegation, merely four points ahead of Sunderland who are in 18th place.
Recent games between the sides have mostly gone in Villa's favor, with two wins and a draw, including a 1-0 victory in September and a League Cup win. But with neither side betraying a capacity to dominate games, the most likely result of their encounter on Saturday appears to be a draw.