Premier League: Aston Villa vs Norwich Preview

Aston Villa

26 December 2019 live

16:00 UTC

Premier League



Aston Villa come into this game hoping to regain some momentum after going winless in their last five Premier League (PL) fixtures (D1, L4). Notably, they’ve now conceded exactly two goals in four of their last six halves of league action.
Here, the hosts will be looking to build on their great H2H record, which has seen them lose just two of the last 22 top-flight meetings on home soil (W14, D6). If they gain another win it could be with a clean sheet, as Villa have kept one in five of their last six PL victories at Villa Park.
Second-bottom Norwich City travel here after losing 12 of their 18 PL matches (W3, D3, L12). They also conceded 2+ goals in all but four of those fixtures, ultimately contributing to a joint-worst league total of 37 goals conceded (2.05 on average).
The ‘Canaries’ have also lost five of the previous six top-flight H2Hs (W1, L5), conceding 2+ goals in four of those matches. Considering Norwich have conceded the opening goal in ten of their 18 PL matches played so far this term, this could be a difficult 90 minutes for the visitors.

Players to watch: Jack Grealish (ASV) has seen three of his five PL goals arrive within the 15 minutes either side of half-time.
Norwich forward Teemu Pukki is back in good form, having netted six goals across his previous eight matches for both club and country.
Stat attack: Villa are yet to score a home league goal inside the opening 15 minutes of either half.
Over half (53.33%) of the PL away goals Norwich have conceded arrived in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Each of the last five PL H2Hs (at all venues) saw the half-time result mirror its full-time counterpart.


What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.