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Norwich v Villa stats: Westwood the key creative man
Ashley Westwood the man in focus.
20th Sep 2013
Norwich v Villa stats: Westwood the key creative man


Villa are back on the road again this weekend, making another trip south to Norwich as they look to get back to winning ways. The number-crunchers over at WhoScored.com, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, assess their chances of doing just that.

Villa have won four of their last seven matches against Norwich and lost just once against the Canaries in that time, with Paul Lambert twice leaving his old stomping ground victorious last season.

The former Norwich boss will be confident that his forwards can come up trumps again with Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann all scoring twice against the East Anglian outfit in the previous campaign.

The two sides go into the game having averaged an equal amount of possession thus far this season (42%) but when considering the calibre of opposition that Villa have faced that figure is set to grow.

Lambert's men have mustered more shots than their opponents this weekend (44-40) and boast an impressive conversion rate of 11.4% having netted five goals thus far to Norwich's three.

The visitors have completed more dribbles (39 to 36) and accurate crosses (16 to 15) than their hosts to date and go into the match with a superior WhoScored.com team rating in turn (6.82 to 6.77).

As the graphic below shows, Villa have had a good balance to their attacking play thus far, focusing much of their offensive impetus down the flanks.

Norwich

They'll need to be wary of a Norwich side that have a had a huge 45% of their attacking touches down Nathan Redmond's right side and Lambert will need to shackle the former Blues winger's threat.

Nevertheless, the Villans have scored 10 goals on the last five occasions that the two sides have met so they'll be hoping to continue that trend in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Their last meeting saw Lambert's men make the trip to the east coast in May and earn a result that effectively secured their Premier League status with a 2-1 away win.

While Agbonlahor was on hand to score both of Villa's goals there was a crucial role to be played by Ashley Westwood, who picked the assist for both strikes.

The two balls to play in Agbonlahor helped Westwood end as the side's top creator for the season, registering six league assists in total - and he'll hope to play an equally important role this Saturday, having picked up his first of this campaign last time out, with his corner converted by Benteke.

According to WhoScored.com's unique statistical ratings, the 23-year old's display at Carrow Road was his second best of the season, picking up a score of 8.03.

It was a figure he only bettered a week later at home to Chelsea (8.61), ranking his performance at Norwich as Westwood's best on the road in 2012-13.

An equally influential display this Saturday would go a long way to ensuring Lambert leaves Carrow Road with three points once again.

Find yet more statistics on Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.

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