Aston Villa faces Norwich City
Aston Villa faces Norwich City at the Villa Park in a game between two teams currently in the relegation zone of the Premier League. Let’s take a look in our English Premier League predictions.
After suffering four consecutive losses in their last four games Aston Villa are now back to the relegation zone, being 18th with just 15 points won so far. So far the club is still having faith in the manager Dean Smith, but it’s not clear what his faith would be if Villa don’t improve their results. The club’s record in the league right now is far from impressive – 4 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses. Right now Aston Villa are 3 points behind the 17th Southampton and the safe zone.
Few days ago Aston Villa hosted their direct rival for survival Southampton at the Villa Park, but the worst thing happened and they suffered a 1-3 defeat. Jack Grealish scored Villa’s only goal in the game, but when this happened the Saints already had three goals lead.
On Thursday Aston Villa will be without the influental Scottish midfielder John McGinn and the goalkeeper Jed Steer, who are still injured.
Norwich City are in a similar situation as their next opponent. The Canaries are 19th in the league with 12 points won so far. Being 6 points away from the safe zone, Norwich City can’t allow themselves to let this gap increase. In certain moment survival is going to become just impossible for them.
In their last five games in the league Norwich City won just two points. On Saturday they hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Carrow Road, but got beaten with 1-2. They started well and Todd Cantwell opened the score, but Wolves scored twice in the second half and went home with all of the points.
In our English Premier League predictions we expect Aston Villa and Norwich City to fight for their lives at Boxing Day. This is a crucial game for both teams, because their situation is very difficult at the moment. It’s going to be really competitive game.