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Match preview: Villa v Norwich

Training pictures: Players get ready for big weekend Norwich clash Garde: My players still believe
Match preview: Villa v Norwich


Villa v Norwich City
Barclays Premier League
Villa Park
Saturday February 6 - KO 3pm
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Twitter game hashtag: #AVLNOR


Head down to Villa Park to cheer on the lads in the clash with the Canaries.

Norwich are our visitors on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.

We've enjoyed some impressive top-flight results against the men from East Anglia over the past few years, with our last defeat in B6 coming in November 1992.

Ray Houghton and Garry Parker scored for Villa but goals from David Phillips, Darren Beckford and Daryl Sutch earned the win.

Since then we have managed three wins and three draws in six encounters on home soil in the Premier League.

The latest of those saw a 4-1 victory - Christian Benteke bagging two, Leandro Bacuna scoring and Sebastien Bassong netting an own-goal.

Be here for the newest installment as we look to avenge the 2-0 defeat at Carrow Road earlier in the campaign.

Prices are £23 to £37 [adults], £23 to £37 [concessions], £15 to £25 [U18s], £12 to £25 [U8s] and £35 to £40 for adult/junior (U18) combo ticket.

JV-Life members can pick up £1 tickets for the Norwich game - just visit the Ticket Office or call 0333 323 1874 to buy.

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Libor Kozak will be out for up to a month with a fractured bone in his ankle.

And his fellow striker Rudy Gestede is also ruled out for the Norwich game.

But Rémi Garde is banking on having Gestede back sooner rather than later as he recovers from his hamstring problem.

Jordan Ayew is suspended after his red card at West Ham.

In good news ahead of the weekend encounter, Ashley Westwood could be fit for the Canaries clash.

Westwood missed the Hammers game with a calf problem.

Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey must serve a two-match suspension for accumulating 10 bookings this season.

Gary O'Neil is available after a ban and Robbie Brady has overcome illness, but Graham Dorrans is a sickness doubt.

Patrick Bamford will be in the squad for the first time since signing on loan from Chelsea.



Rémi Garde

Norwich is a tremendously important game. It's a big match.

I hope we will remember the game we had there.

It was a tough match there. It will be the time for us to win. We have no choice now.

We would have liked something at West Ham before the Norwich game.

But unfortunately, that's football.

Alex Neil

They're all massive games for us.

The quicker the players realise that - after our defeat to Tottenham, if they don't realise that now they won't realise it.

We've got some work to do.

We need to pull our fingers out and start winning games.



Micah Richards

We have the fighting spirit.

We have 14 games now and we will give 100% until the end.

Until it's mathematically impossible, I will not rule us out.

We know it will be hard. I am a realist too.

I think we need three wins on the bounce and then things start to change.

Norwich is next up - a tough game - and if we get three points there it will be a nice start.

We are working hard and we will continue to do that day in and day out.

I don't think the lads are lacking any confidence. We just want to get out there again now.We want the next game.

Timm Klose

There's a lot of quality in our team and I'm confident we can produce a good performance.

We have to be prepared because it's an important game against Villa.

There's going to be pressure, that's for sure, but as football players it's our job to go there and fight.

If we want to stay in the league we have to win games like this - or at least not lose them.


We have won four of our last five in all competitions against Norwich, the exception being December 2015's clash at Carrow Road.

We have scored 72% of our league goals this season in the second half (13/18).

Norwich have conceded more second half goals than any other side (29).

Gabby Agbonlahor has scored three goals and assisted another three in six league games against Norwich.

Kieran Richardson's first Premier League goal was against Norwich, for West Brom in May 2005.

We are unbeaten in their last six competitive home games against Norwich (W3 D3) and defeated them 4-1 at Villa Park in their last meeting there.

Norwich City have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D2 L8).

Norwich have allowed more shots on target against them in 2016 than any other team (29).

Norwich City will be looking to win both home and away in a single Premier League season against us for the first time since 1992/93.

The Canaries are the only Premier League side yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season.

Robbie Brady has created more chances than any other Norwich player this season (33) but has only assisted one goal.


Rémi Garde press conference - WATCH HERE


Villa to win - 13/10
Draw - 21/10
Draw HT - Villa FT -9/2
Villa win 2-0- 10/1
Gestede first goal, Villa wins 1-0 scorecast - 25/1



Sir Mervyn King's interest rate always rises when talk turns to his beloved Aston Villa.

And, following his appointment to the board of directors, you can read all about the former Governor of the Bank of England's 55-year Villa love affair in an exclusive interview.

Read his thoughts in this weekend's edition of the Villa News & Record for the clash against Norwich.

Secure your copy ahead of the Canaries clash through our eBay account - BUY NOW.

Idrissa Gana is the subject of our big interview in the latest matchday programme.

There is plenty more player content, with goalkeeper Mark Bunn discussing his reunion with the Canaries, while Jordan Lyden takes part in our Quickfire Q&A.

John Deehan is a man who is well-known to both Villa and Norwich supporters and he selects his dream team based on players he starred alongside for the two clubs.

There are plenty more facts and figures in Villa Trivia and the award-winning Villa Vault continues to look at past European Adventures.

And let's not forget the regular columns from manager Rémi Garde, captain Micah Richards and club legend Ian Taylor.

At £3.50 the Villa News & Record is great value.

Secure your copy now through our eBay account - BUY NOW.

For even better value, why not take advantage of one of our five-for-£5 programme bags, available around the ground on matchdays.

As well as the latest issue, you will also receive four classic Villa programmes.

Or why not guarantee your copy of every programme this season by taking out a subscription?


The price of your subscription is £72 [for 24 issues], including free UK delivery.

This means you save 50p per issue, which is £12 over the subscription - the equivalent of three free issues (RRP £3.50 each).



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By @AVFCOfficial 5th February 2016
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