Aston Villa v Norwich City – Team News & Preview


Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish says he is confident that Jermaine Jenas will be fit to make his debut after recovering from an Achilles injury.

Barry Bannan has had his club suspension lifted, leaving Eric Lichaj as the only player on the sidelines.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert is expected to pick the same side for the seventh game running.

They remain without long-term injury victims Daniel Ayala, James Vaughan, Elliot Ward and Zak Whitbread.


Of the three promoted sides, Norwich have had the most recent experience of a Premier League campaign. It was back in 2004-05 and it proved to be a miserable season in which they barely found themselves out of the bottom three.

Seven years ago it took them until November to record their first win – a damaging start from which they never recovered. Momentum can play a huge part in determining a side’s fate and the Canaries, who are the highest placed of the Championship graduates, have built up an encouraging run of results which has seen them lose just one of their last six games, accumulating 11 points in the process.

Their only defeat in that time came at Old Trafford, on a day of ifs and maybes that left their followers disappointed with the result but heartened by their performance.


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