28-year-old to get hostile reception: Three things to expect from Aston Villa v Norwich
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa will welcome managerless Norwich for a Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park.
Here, Football Insider looks at the three things to expect from the home team during the weekend clash.
Villa to score again at home
Steve Bruce’s side have suffered only two defeats on home soil this term added with the fact that they have scored in every game at Villa Park, bar the defeat against Ipswich. Therefore, against a Norwich side that has conceded nine goals in their last five matches, expect goals from the Midlands outfit. Three consecutive home wins will also help the confidence of Villa going into this Championship showdown.
Struggle to kill off the game
If Villa do pick up three points then there is the likelihood that they won’t make it easy for themselves. There have been many occasions where they have struggled to kill off games which perhaps indicates why they have picked up so many draws (12) over the course of the season. Despite the away side being without a manager, Norwich still pose an attacking threat and they will be looking to target Villa’s weakness.
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Neil Taylor hostile reception
After being involved in a horror tackle during the international break, it won’t be a surprise if 28-year-old left-back Neil Taylor is booed by the away support and possibly his own fans. Taylor’s reckless challenge during Wales’ World Cup Qualifier against the Republic of Ireland last Friday resulted in Seamus Coleman breaking his leg. That tackle made headlines and there is no doubt that there will be a big spotlight on Taylor. It remains to be seen what frame of mind the Welshman will be in and whether or not Bruce opts to start him at the weekend.
In other Aston Villa news, this teenager should start against Norwich.