Aston Villa built up to this week’s match at Norwich by recording a fourth consecutive home victory against a dogged Wigan Athletic side.
Here on EnergyBet we correctly predicted a Villa clean sheet, but were denied our ‘Kodjia anytime’ bet by a key save from 41-year-old keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Instead, it was left to Jack Grealish to steal the show with a stunning strike just two minutes from time.
On Tuesday night, we take on a Canaries side with just one victory from their last eight matches. Whilst we have been climbing towards the promotion places over the last two months, Norwich have been sliding towards mid-table since holding top spot after 12 matches in mid-October.
Norwich manager Alex Neil is clinging on to the job he started in January 2015, and admitted that he ‘got it wrong’ by selecting a team that ‘got bullied’ in the first half at Barnsley. If he fails to get it right against Villa and Huddersfield this week, the Scotsman may not make it to two years at the club.
Villa should be confident of picking up an away win that would see us leapfrog the Canaries in the Championship table. It is time for Bruce to throw off the shackles against a side low on confidence and stick to the system that has been so successful at Villa Park.
The creative Grealish hasn’t started an away league game since the defeat at Preston on 1 October, which might explain why only Ipswich Town have scored fewer goals away from home. In fact, six out of our last seven away matches have returned under 2.5 goals, which is 1.81 on EnergyBet.
Working in tandem with the in-form Jonathan Kodjia, Grealish is the man to take Neil to the brink and put Villa in position for an assault on the play-off positions over the Christmas period.
EnergyBet Match Odds:
Norwich 2.35 | Draw 3.30 | Villa 2.85