CONFIRMED: Aston Villa & Norwich City line-ups

Here is how Aston Villa and Norwich City will line-up for this afternoon’s match at Villa Park.

Aston Villa Starting XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Bennett, Robinson.

Norwich City Starting XI: Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong (c), Olsson; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond; Hooper.

Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Howson, Pilkington, Elmander, Becchio, R Bennett.

Aston Villa and Norwich City are both in search of a win that will see them pull further away from the dreaded relegation zone.

Villa boss Paul Lambert takes on his former club once again today, and will be hoping for a better result than last weekend as Loic Remy's late goal condemned Villa to a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United last week.

Lambert will be hoping his dangerous forward trio of Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, and has named an unchanged team from the one that came back from St. James' Park empty handed last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Norwich earned a shocking yet vital win over Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road last weekend, but will have to go without striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who misses out through injury. Top scorer Gary Hooper returns to the starting line-up for the Canaries, whilst Leroy Fer also missed out, with former Aston Villa target Wes Hoolahan returning to the XI.

The two sides are almost identical in their records this season, both winning seven games, drawing seven and losing 13. Villa's superior goal difference is what keeps them above Chris Hughton's side, but a defeat for Lambert's side today could drag them further into the relegation mire.

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