Date and Time: 15th December 2021 @1:15 AM IST
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich City vs Aston Villa Where to watch?
India– Star Sports channel and Disney+Hotstar
Norwich City vs Aston Villa Team News:
After being suspended for Norwich’s game against Manchester United, Brandon Williams will return. However, Christos Tzolis tested positive for COVID-19 before the loss to the Red Devils.
Christoph Zimmermann, Andrew Omobamidele and Milot Rashica will all be out until midweek, despite Smith’s optimism about Mathias Normann and Ben Gibson returning.
Grant Hanley, who left the game after 21 minutes on Saturday with a shoulder injury, is also doubtful to play, so Jonathan Tomkinson, a 19-year-old substitute, might step in if Gibson is unable to make it.
Only Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore have thigh injuries that concern Villa manager Gerrard and neither player is anticipated back until at least 2022.
One unknown Lions player is alleged to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus ahead of Tuesday’s encounter, but the match should go on as scheduled because of this.
While Marvelous Nakamba is one booking away from a suspension, Emiliano Buendia and Danny Ings might give some much-needed energy in the final third for Aston Villa.
Norwich City vs Aston Villa Probable Playing XI:
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Gibson, Kabak, Williams; McLean, Gilmour, Lees Melou; Sargent, Pukki, Cantwell
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Sanson, Luiz; Buendia, Ings, Watkins
Norwich City vs Aston Villa Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: Norwich City win (3.75)
Aston Villa win (2.05)
The One-Liner Explainer:
It doesn’t matter how adamant Smith is to seek revenge on his former club that Norwich will always have difficulty breaking through the Villa defence, even with a completely healthy team.
We can only expect a return to winning ways for the Lions as the visitors have plenty of alternatives for fresh legs in the final third and are genuinely profiting from Gerrard’s winning mindset.