We have the starting team from Norwich v Aston Villa, kick off 12:45pm
Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Bassong (c), Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Redmond; Elmander; van Wolfswinkel.
Adtone Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Vlaar, Luna, Delph, El Ahmadi, Tonev, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Steer, Baker, Albrighton, Sylla, Kozak, Helenius, Bennett
“It’s normal when a previous manager comes back to a football club, there’s generally that little bit more interest,” said Chis Hughton.
“What this club remember Paul for very fondly is the great job he did here. Certainly he won’t be forgotten for that.
“But a game against Aston Villa has nothing to do with a game against Paul Lambert, it’s 11 players against 11 players that will try to compete against each other to get three points on Saturday.
“It just so happens that their manager is a previous club manager here.”
When Paul Lambert was asked if he would go into the boardroom, Lambert said: ‘No. It’s gone.
‘Time will never heal that. That’s all I want to say.
‘Of course there was regret the way it ended. It should never have ended like that. But I know what happened.
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- Aston Villa won on both visits to Carrow Road last season: 4-1 in a League Cup quarter-final last December, and then 2-1 in the Premier League in May when Gabby Agbonlahor scored his second goal of the game in the last minute.
- That was only Norwich’s second home defeat in their last 14 league meetings with Villa (W7, D5, L2).
- The 2-1 loss against Villa in May is Norwich’s only defeat at Carrow Road in 11 league matches in 2013 (W4, D6, L1).
- However, the Canaries are aiming to earn successive home wins for the first time since December.
- Their solid home form has offset a poor away record of one victory and five points from the last 12 games.
- Norwich, like Villa, have yet to lead at half-time this season.
- Villa have gone 26 league games without a clean sheet, the longest current run in the top flight. They conceded a Premier League club record 69 goals last season.
- The Villans are the only team to have conceded the opening goal in all four of their Premier League fixtures to date this season.
- They were the only top-flight club to earn more points away (21) than at home (20) last season.
- Christian Benteke has scored 18 Premier League goals in 2013, more than any other player in the division.
- Paul Lambert won 70 of his 142 matches in charge of Norwich between August 2009 and May 2012, drawing 35 and losing 37.