Kick-off: 1230, 05/05/2019
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Norwich just need to pick up a point from their trip to Aston Villa to clinch the Championship title and that makes a draw the value bet here.
Villa will be keen to come through this contest unscathed and head into the play-offs on the back of a decent display, so a stalemate really does make sense.
We’re taking 5/2 for the scores to finish level as our opening Aston Villa vs Norwich prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa’s record-breaking 10-match winning run came to an end in bizarre circumstances when facing Leeds at Elland Road.
Dean Smith’s side fell behind in controversial fashion when Mateusz Klich netted in the 72nd minute after United had refused to kick the ball out of play despite Jonathan Kodjia lying prone in midfield.
Marcelo Bielsa then sportingly instructed his players to allow Villa to walk in an equaliser from the restart, with Albert Adomah tapping home.
“Full respect to Marcelo and Leeds for that, because it was the right decision,” commented Smith. “I think common sense prevailed.”
Anwar El Ghazi was sent off as a result of the mass altercation which followed Klich’s goal, but his red card has since been rescinded.
Smith will already be making plans for the play-offs, with Villa set for fifth place, but protecting what is now a 12-game unbeaten sequence must also come into consideration.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Norwich odds, we like 9/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
Four straight draws delayed Norwich’s promotion celebrations, but they finally wrapped up a place in the Premier League by beating Blackburn 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic put the Canaries in control and they held on, despite Lewis Travis pulling one back for Rovers, with all the goals scored inside 23 minutes.
Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean said: “The Premier League is a dream for any player. There are obviously a lot of fixtures which excite everybody.
“The top teams are the ones you want to go up against and you want to go to those stadiums.”
There is always the fear that City may have partied too hard on the back of that triumph to do themselves justice here.
However, McLean added: “The most important thing in this league is always promotion, but to win the league, it would just be the icing on the cake.
“It would be much better for everybody, that would be pretty special.”
We’re not anticipating any late drama, though, with both teams happy to cruise through the closing stages, for different reasons.
That view makes 17/20 for no goals between 75:01 minutes and full-time worth adding to our Aston Villa vs Norwich betting tips.
Leeds 1-1 ASTON VILLA – Albert Adomah
NORWICH 2-1 Blackburn – Marco Stiepermann, Mario Vrancic
Head-to-head: Norwich 2-1 Villa, Norwich 3-1 Villa, Villa 4-2 Norwich, Villa 2-0 Norwich, Norwich 1-0 Villa
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