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Jonathan Jurejko

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    Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew curls one towards the right corner - but Declan Rudd takes care of it. And that's the last touch of the game! All over at Carrow Road.

    Head here for all the post-match reaction. Thanks for tuning in!

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    Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    Last throw of the dice for Villa. A free-kick about 20 yards out...


    Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    Tempers flare. Both skippers go into the book after a melee. Time running out.

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    Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    Five minutes of stoppage time. Five minutes for Villa to produce a miracle.


    Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    And that is Dieumerci Mbokani's final contribution. The Norwich striker is given a standing ovation as he leaves the Carrow Road pitch moments after scoring. Cameron Jerome is given a run-out.

  6. GOAL - Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

    Dieumerci Mbokani

    Game. Set. Match. Dieumerci Mbokani doubles Norwich's lead with a firm header from Wes Hoolahan's delightful clip to the far post. But, again, one must wonder where the Villa defence was?!

    Dieumerci Mbokani
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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Alan Hutton has put in a shift up and down that Villa right flank. But unfortunately for him and his team there haven't been any moments of quality to influence this game. He shins out for a goal-kick...


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Time to shore things up for the hosts. Gary O'Neil comes on for Graham Dorrans in the heart of the Canaries midfield.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Less than 10 minutes for Norwich to hang on for a potentially priceless win. Less than 10 minutes for Villa to salvage something.

    Alex Nelil

    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Final throw of the tactical dice for Aston Villa. On comes Jack Grealish, off goes Jordan Veretout.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa substitute Adama Traore smartly tricks his way inside the challenge of Canaries left-back Robbie Brady when he cuts in from the right touchline, flashing a shot past the near post with the aid of a deflection.

    Micah Richards can't head the resulting set-piece at goal. And that's despite using a Norwich defender as a climbing frame.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    A second Norwich goal would ease the lingering tension at Carrow Road. Nathan Redmond hopes he can be that man as he stands over a 25-yard free-kick. But his effort lacks either the pace or the accuracy to trouble Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    The ball is knocked up towards the Norwich six-yard box by Jordan Veretout. But the Canaries defence see that one coming from a mile. They head clear and, after a bit of pinball, eventually hack clear.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Right, here's a chance. Possibly. Villa free-kick about 40 yards out towards the right touchline. The big lads from the back join Rudy Gestede in the mixer to provide some aerial threat....

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    By my reckoning, we've not had a shot on target for about 20 minutes. That must change if Villa are to save their skins this afternoon - and possibly this season. No sign of a leveller though...


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Time for Aston Villa to go direct. On trots lanky striker Rudy Gestede in place of Leandro Bacuna. Expect a lot of high crosses into the Norwich box in the last 20 or so minutes...

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Adama Traore has breathed fresh life into the Villa side. The winger twice dances into space in the right channel of the Norwich box, only to fail to find a claret and blue shirt with his dinks from the byline.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Ciaran Clark has been pretty steady this afternoon - then the Villa centre-back makes an almighty mess, losing the ball close to the halfway line.

    Norwich have two on two as they pour forward, but Dieumerci Mbokani is dispossessed on the edge of the area by a desperate Clark. Perfectly timed tackle - and it had to be.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Pass. Pass. Pass. Possession lost.

    That pretty much sums up Aston Villa today. Neat and tidy around midfield, but no attacking punch.

    Scott Sinclair and Robbie Brady

    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Ryan Bennett was one of the aforementioned yellow and green shirts that tried to wipe out Jordan Ayew. (Think a failed Benjamin Massing-esque attempt on Claudio Caniggia at World Cup Italia 90.) The Norwich man sees a yellow card wafted in his face.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew is the fella likeliest to haul Villa back into this game. The Ghana international surges forward from deep, a host of yellow and green shirts trying to take him out. They fail, allowing Ayew to go left to Jordan Veretout. His cross is deep and wins an away corner.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Dieumerci Mbokani versus Ciaran Clark is shaping up as the individual battle of the day at Carrow Road. 

    Norwich's number nine is being tightly marshaled by the Villa centre-half. The home side lead but have still only mustered one shot on target...

    Right on cue, Clark does enough to flick clear another dangerous Norwich ball into the box.


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Time for a change. Remi Garde has seen enough, sticking up Scott Sinclair's number. The winger is hooked, with Adama Traore replacing him.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Close! Jonny Howson almost grabs Norwich's - and his - second goal of the afternoon. Brad Guzan weakly slaps out Nathan Redmond's 20-yard shot, only to be let off the hook as Howson guides the ball wide of his left-hand post.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Dear, oh dear. Beat. The. Front. Man. Terrible set-piece from Villa and the Canaries fly forward....

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa go down the right flank again, Scott Sinclair playing in the overlapping Alan Hutton. This time Robbie Brady is penalised by barging the Scotland full-back. Free-kick for Villa in-between the corner flag and the Canaries' penalty area....

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    No change given by the Norwich defence. Ashley Westwood plants a ball towards the corner, allowing Scott Sinclair to stick on the afterburners. The Villa man is quick....but not as quick as Norwich left-back Robbie Brady. The Irishman wins the footrace as Sinclair clumsily knees the ball out for a goal-kick.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Pretty similar to the pattern of the opening stages of the first half. Villa enjoying more possession, but struggling to penetrate the home defence. Tight.

    Scott Sinclair
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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Oooh, Villa striker Jordan Ayew goes down in the Norwich box. Few penalty appeals from the Villa players - and rightly so. Ayew is simply outmuscled by Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong, who recovers to stop the Villa man going through one-on-one.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa don't hold on to possession for very long, Norwich pinging a long ball forward. Villa keeper Brad Guzan takes a dodgy touch, allowing Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani to race down his eyeline. The American swipes clear to his relief.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    A huge roar greets the arrival of the home players, who are followed out of the tunnel by a glum-looking Remi Garde. Can't imagine the Villa gaffer is a teacup-throwing sort of manager, but I reckon - judging by his angry head-shaking - that he used a few choice words at the break.

    No changes to either team - Villa get this show back on the road.

  32. A sticky situation


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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Norwich only mustered one shot on target during the opening 45 minutes. One?! Correct, the one from Jonny Howson's right boot. Villa forced Canaries keeper Declan Rudd into a couple of saves as they lead the 'shots-on-target' scoreline. But there's only one statistic that matters....


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Harsh scoreline on Villa. Probably. They have shaded possession, and territory, but find themselves trailing to Jonny Howson's crisp finish. 


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    The additional 60 seconds of added time passes rather peacefully. That suits Norwich down to the ground. Not so Villa. They need another rousing half-time rally from Remi Garde...

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa defender Ciaran Clark tries to knock the ball back into the mixer from a deep corner to the far post. Another corner. Can Villa make this pressure count? Not this time. One minute of added time to restore parity...

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa free-kick, 35 yards out, central position. They go short to Leandro Bacuna, who is quickly closed out by two home defenders. Corner to Villa....


    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Ooooh, Jordan Veretout is a lucky boy. The Villa midfielder lunges into a wild tackle on Alex Tettey after being crowded out by a pair of hustling Canaries players. Both feet are off the ground and it is uncontrolled. But, fortunately for the Frenchman, Tettey jumps out of the way. If he hadn't then ref Graham Scott might have gone to his back pocket for a red card...

    Jordan Veretout is booked
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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Five minutes for Villa to claw their way back into the game before the break.

    Scott Sinclair
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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Norwich are warming up nicely now, getting into their groove like a teenager on the dancefloor. Graham Dorrans is seeing plenty of the ball now, trying to orchestrate another home attack. However, Villa stand firm and win back possession in their own half.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Straight from the training ground. Quick-thinking from a home corner sees Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans race on to the short ball, firing just wide of the post. But honestly...where was the Villa marking? Their defence was snoozing.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Former Villa player John Deehan on BBC WM: “Very disappointing that for Villa after starting the game so well.  There was an opportunity for to dispossess Wes Hoolahan, and the amount of times he has constructed goals by small passes around the 18-yard box and we got caught then with a ball to the far post. To be fair it was a fantastic finish from Jonny Howson.”

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Can you remember when Micah Richards was a rampaging full-back? The Villa skipper returns to his youth, charging down the right flank, trying to lift his struggling side. However, his low cross into the home penalty area cannot find a claret and blue shirt.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Kieran Richardson has been in the thick of Villa's sharpest attacking play (note: sharpest not sharp). Again, the former England man fancies his chances from distance. Again, he can't force Declan Rudd into decisive action.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Confidence has visibly lifted among the home players following that opening goal. Graham Dorrans marches forward from central midfield, tries to play a neat one-two with Nathan Redmond, but a Villa foot nicks the ball back.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa are huffing and puffing but can't blow a hole in the Norwich defence. Kieran Richardson cuts in from the left flank, dancing across the edge of the Villa box. But he can't find an inch of space to get a shot away.

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    It really was a lovely finish from Jonny Howson, but that little yellow blip in the graphic below is where Leandro Bacuna fails to clear. 

    Norwich profit. Can Villa reply?

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    Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Howson's third goal of the season - with Norwich's first shot on target today - is a tad harsh on Villa, I would suggest. But then that's Villa's season in a nutshell...

    Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew
  50. GOAL - Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jonny Howson

    Boom! As crisp a strike as you'll see this afternoon puts Norwich ahead.

    Nathan Redmond clips up a delightful ball from the left, Villa defender Leandro Bacuna flicking on, straight to Jonny Howson who volleys under Brad Guzan from 10 yards.

    Jonny Howson
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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Norwich haven't managed a shot on target yet - is that about to change? Nope. Jonny Howson's cross from the right byline is headed clear, only as far as Nathan Redmond. A gasp of expectancy goes up around Carrow Road as the ball drops towards him, only for the home winger to shank his attempted 20-yard volley.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Fair to say Norwich are going with one big man up top in Dieumerci Mbokani...

    The most advanced player for Villa so far has been their number 18, Kieran Richardson, but they've been all about the right flank so far at Carrow Road.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Villa on the attack again. Jordan Veretout gallops down the left flank with the speed of a hungry greyhound, only to see Russell Martin cut out his square pass towards Jordan Ayew. Encouraging signs for the visitors....

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Villa are taking great heart from that chance, enjoying plenty of possession in the Norwich half. Can they make it count?

    Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani
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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Villa fans breathe a huge sigh of relief as Jordan Ayew returns to his feet. And within seconds he almost opens the scoring! The Villa striker is given far too much space at a set-piece, but can't direct his header past Canaries keeper Declan Rudd. Either side and it would have been unstoppable...

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Slight concern for Aston Villa as Jordan Ayew - the only man who looks like scoring for the rock-bottom side - goes down close to the centre circle. The Ghana international is wiped out after running into Norwich centre-back Ryan Bennett. Someone bring on the smelling salts....

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Virtually nothing has happened in the past 60 seconds. Well, apart from Norwich's Jonny Howson slipping over on the touchline. Seriously.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Cagey. Scrappy.Two adjectives you won't be surprised to hear used to describe this opening 10 minutes at Carrow Road. Pretty even in terms of possession and territory as our graphic below shows.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Villa win a free-kick on the right flank, about 35 yards out. The big men go up from the back, but Kieran Richardson's inswinging delivery is poor and Norwich thump clear.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Slight problem for Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who is limping around in midfield. A wet of the magic sponge should see him right.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Kieran Richardson - now there's a name that your average Premier League fan won't have heard for a while. The one-time England man is playing on the left flank for Villa today, pouncing on a cushioned header down from team-mate Jordan Ayew. The ball bounces invitingly for Richardson to crack at the Norwich goal from 25 yards - but it is always rising.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    What a waste. Norwich's Robbie Brady - usually so reliable with that left peg - slams the free-kick straight into the Villa wall and the away side escape upfield.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Woah! Filthy defending from Villa as Dieumerci Mbokani is bundled over by two away players. Free-kick for Norwich right on the cusp of the away penalty area. Robbie Brady stands menacingly over the ball...

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    First shot of the afternoon goes to Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna lets fly from 25 yards out, home keeper Declan Rudd pushing out. Rather unconvincingly I must say. Micah Richards can't prod in from the resulting corner.

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Scrappy start as Norwich try to make a few in-roads. Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark crunches into a sliding challenge to win back possession for the visitors. 

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    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Lively start from the Villans, who surge into the home half. A bouncing ball from a throw-in just evades Scott Sinclair and the home defence clear.

  67. KICK-OFF

    Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa

    Referee Graham Scott puts his whistle to his lips, gives it a short, sharp, shrill blast - and that means we are under way. Norwich, decked out in their traditional yellow and green, kick off.

  68. LINE-UPS

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Tettey, Redmond, Hoolahan, Mbokani. Subs: Ruddy, Whittaker, Jerome, Lafferty, Olsson, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe. 

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Clark, Richards, Bacuna, Westwood, Gana, Sinclair, Veretout, Richardson, Ayew. Subs: Lescott, Traore, Gil, Bunn, Lyden, Gestede, Grealish. 

    Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

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    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Huge cacophony of noise inside a floodlit Carrow Road as the players emerge from the tunnel. Time for the mandatory handshakes, before skippers Russell Martin and Micah Richards meet again - with referee Graham Scott also in attendance - for the coin toss.

    Quick reminder of the two teams? You betcha...

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    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Some 'inspiring' classical music is blasting out of the Carrow Road PA system as the two sets of players stroll out of the dressing rooms. You know the sort of tune I'm talking about, the kind that is the backing tune to a sob story on a reality TV talent show.

    Anyway...Norwich skipper Russell Martin is standing side by side with Villa counterpart Micah Richards in the tunnel. Almost show-time...

  71. View from the commentary box

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    John Roder

    Match of the Day commentator at Carrow Road

    "Aston Villa have a good recent record in matches against Norwich City, which might be a small crumb of comfort for Villa fans ahead of this crucial fixture.

    "At the moment, Remi Garde can only dream of having the same sort of impact that Alex Neil has had in Norfolk. It has been a memorable 2015 for the Canaries following Neil's appointment in January.

    "Villa travel to Norfolk having not won in the Premier League since the opening day of the season. With both sides desperate to end the year on a high it is certain to be a tense afternoon."

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    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Oh hang on! We've found a happy home fan. This wig-wearing fella is flashing a toothy grin in the home stands. Perhaps he has just heard former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has been named the Canaries chairman. Or perhaps not....

    Norwich City fan ahead of the Aston Villa match
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    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Not many happy faces at Carrow Road, it has to be said. And why would there be when both sides are scrapping about in perilous positions?

    One of the Norwich mascots - Captain Canary, I believe - is bringing some cheery relief though. The yellow, fluffy bird is earning his corn by helping the home groundstaff, sticking a fork into the turf before kick-off.

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    There is no need to scream your prediction at your computer any more - you can have your say using our Predictor.

    There is a league table for how fans of each club are doing prediction-wise this season and you can also see whether your predictions are better than Mark Lawrenson's.

    What are you waiting for? Get involved.

  75. 'Villa have no goals in them'

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Liverpool defender

    After beating Manchester United Norwich may have put up more resistance at Tottenham but they were swatted away after a bright start. Now at home, this could be their biggest game of the season because they can get further away from Aston Villa and get up amongst the pack.

    Villa can't get three points, they don't create enough chances and lack a goalscorer. Villa are already nine points adrift and we will know by the personnel they sign in January whether they honestly believe they can get out of it or not. 

    They will keep going, they will not throw the towel in but they have such a lack of quality it's obvious what will happen to them. We have seen teams turn it around dramatically, look at Leicester last year, but Villa just do not look like scoring at all. They have no goals in them.

    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

  76. 'We have to win'

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich v Aston Villa
  77. Get involved

    Any hope of a brighter New Year then Villa fans? Or are you resigned to life in the Champo next season?

    Villa are nine points adrift of safety (sorry for reminding you), with today's hosts Norwich currently occupying that final safety spot.

    What about Norwich, Canaries fans? Have you got enough quality to survive?

    And - both teams - where would you like to see your side strengthen in the January transfer window (and be realistic)?

    Tweet me your thoughts...

  78. Villa team news

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa also make four changes from Boxing Day, when they drew 1-1 at home to West Ham.

    The headline news is the return of skipper Micah Richards, who has missed four matches with a knee injury.

    Ciaran Clark also comes in to start alongside Richards at centre-half, with Scott Sinclair and Kieran Richardson also getting the nod from boss Remi Garde.

    Aston VIlla v Norwich
  79. Norwich team news

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan starts after being left on the bench on Boxing Day, one of four changes from the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham.

    Striker Dieumerci Mbokani also steps up from the bench, along with midfield duo Jonny Howson and Graham Dorrans.

    Norwich v Aston Villa
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    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Both sets of players are out on the lush Carrow Road turf, going through their warm-up drills. Not sure what the temperature is in the east of England, but there is a high percentage of glove-wearers in the home squad.

    Want to know who's in and who's not? Excellent. Here's today's all-important team news...

  81. Little Christmas cheer

    Norwich v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Hello! There has been little festive cheer for either Norwich or Aston Villa fans this Christmas. Well, admittedly, it has been much bleaker for Villa than their hosts today.

    The Villans have not won in any of Remi Garde's seven matches at the helm. In fact, they haven't won in any of their past 17 matches.

    Norwich have mustered one win in their past six games (although that was a stonking 2-1 success at Manchester United).

    Something has got to give today. Hasn't it?

  82. Three points for Christmas?

    Remi Garde is a touch too old to be writing to Santa. But desperate times call for desperate measures. So if the Aston Villa manager did send a letter up to Lapland then it might have looked a little like this...

    Norwich v Aston Villa
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    Welcome to our live page for Norwich v Aston Villa. We’ll have live text commentary here from 14:30 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games here.