Darren Bent has three goals in nine league appearances for Aston Villa this season and this form will disappoint the former Sunderland and Charlton hitman, who has set such high standards over recent seasons.
He is likely to be even more motivated to hit the back of the net this weekend as a good performance will keep him at the forefront of England manager Fabio Capello’s thinking.
With Wayne Rooney overlooked for the two friendlies due to be played by the national side over the next two weeks, Bent will be looking stake a claim for a regular starting position.
Scoring against Norwich today will give Capello a timely reminder of his finishing ability, making odds of 4/1 appealing on him to grab the first goal of the game.
Bent has history against the Canaries too, having scored against them eight years ago playing for bitter rivals Ipswich Town.
Elsewhere, Villans top scorer Gabby Agbonlahor is priced at 11/2 to score first at Villa Park. Local lad Gabby is enjoying a fine start under new boss Alex McLeish with four league goals this season.
On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is also available after recovering from thigh and calf problems and he is set for a place on the Villa bench. Back him to score last on Saturday at 12/1.
But Norwich arrive at Villa Park in good spirits, unbeaten in three games and sitting pretty in eighth position, and are unlikely to go down without a fight.
This is Paul Lambert’s 100th league game in charge of Norwich and if the Canaries leave with a result, key man Wes Hoolahan is sure to play a part.
New customers who join bwin.com can get a price of 13/4 for the Irishman to score anytime on Saturday.
However, the best bet could be on Grant Holt scoring the final goal of the game at odds of 8/1.
The striker has come off the best to score last in each of Norwich’s last two matches and, as he is likely to start as a sub again today, a repeat is likely.
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