A last-gasp Loic Remy strike broke Aston Villa’s resistance at Newcastle last weekend and extended their winless streak to four matches, three of which have been defeats. The run leaves the Villans just four points clear of the relegation zone and although they aren’t quite looking over their shoulder just yet, Paul Lambert will be aware that his side need to start picking up results soon if they are to avoid getting dragged into a dogfight.
Nevertheless, they’re as high as 10/1 with Skybet to go down and also reassuring for Villa supporters is the fact that bookies expect them to stop the rot this weekend as Lambert comes face-to-face with former club Norwich at Villa Park.
Bet365 price a crucial home success at 11/10 while the Canaries are BetVictor’s 11/4 outsiders and it’s 12/5 via William Hill to finish all square, a quote that could attract cash given that the pair are both locked on 28 points in the Premier League table.
Betway’s 6/1 about a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from the corresponding fixture last term is also set to be popular, alongside a score draw at 18/5 (BetVictor) and Stan James’s 4/1 for scores to be level at the end of each half.
The ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Villa are 1/2 courtesy of Stan James might interest some but home supporters will glean comfort from the fact that Chris Hughton’s troops have one of the worst away records in the top flight.
Subsequently, many will fancy Ladbrokes’s 14/5 for Lambert’s side to shade it by a one-goal margin or bet365’s 13/2 for them to register a 1-0 success, just as they did when the two teams met at Carrow Road back in September.
Aston Villa to beat Norwich by one – 14/5 (Ladbrokes)