Hostile Reception Awaits Villa Boss

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert could face a hostile reception at Carrow Road. Image courtesy of avfc.co.uk
You would be hard pressed to find a League Cup quarter-final with as much spice as Aston Villa’s visit to Carrow Road to take on in-form Norwich City . After leading the Canaries from League One to the Premier League, manager Paul Lambert jumped ship to Villa in acrimonious circumstances, and the battle is still going on off the pitch, with a tribunal to hear allegations of breach of contract in the near future.

Despite taking over in difficult circumstances, Chris Hughton has done a remarkable job with Norwich. The Canaries are unbeaten in their last nine EPL starts, and they’ve won the past two, including a stunning 4-3 win over Swansea City at the weekend. That run featured a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, but Wednesday morning’s (AEDT) cup clash will be the first time Lambert has returned to Carrow Road since his departure. To reach the final eight, Norwich beat League One sides Scunthorpe United 2-1 and Doncaster 1-0 before a 2-1 victory over Tottenham in an all-Premier League encounter at the end of October.

Despite making the League Cup quarter-finals, Lambert has plenty of problems with his side. They’ve scored just twice in their past five starts, although the West Midlands side is unbeaten in its last four EPL games, although three of those results were draws . They haven’t had any problems scoring in the League Cup, though. Villa caused a shock by beating Manchester City 4-2 in the third round before securing their passage through to the last eight with a 3-2 victory over League One team Swindon Town. Socceroo Brett Holman has made an encouraging start to his first season in the Premier League, picking up Villa’s Player of the Month award for September.


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