The palpable optimism emanating from the yellow side of East Anglia over the summer has been sustained during the early part of the season by Norwich’s solid home form, with four points from two games at Carrow Road and they can make it seven in three with a win against Aston Villa at odds of 27/20.
Former Canaries gaffer Paul Lambert’s Villans are 19/10 to take maximum points back to Birmingham with the draw priced up at 23/10, but after conceding twice at home to striker-light Newcastle last time out Villa may not know what hits them when they face Norwich’s goal-hungry attackers.
When the 6-3 Capital One Cup throttling of Bury is taken into account, four of Chris Hughton’s five midfield and forward signings have got off the mark so far this season with the other – Gary Hooper – yet to make an appearance having been out with injury.
Nathan Redmond has arguably been the most impressive of a quartet that includes Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer and Johan Elmander and the England Under-21 international’s goal was enough to see off Southampton in Norwich’s last home game.
The £2m signing from Birmingham – who is still only 19-years-old – has averaged over two shots in each of his four Premier League games so far and such apparent eagerness can be rewarded with an opening goal in this tie at the tasty price of 11/1.
If you back a losing first or last goalscorer, a player to score two or more or a player to score three or more goals bwin will refund your stake if Christian Benteke finds the back of the net, which he has on four occasions in the league so far this season.
Norwich drew a blank last time out against Tottenham, but Hughton showed his old club a lot of respect by going defensive at White Hart Lane and was only caught out by a pair of clinical finishes by Spurs’ Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The former Newcastle and Birmingham chief will have his team pressing much higher up the pitch against Villa, who come into this tie on the back of three straight league defeats.
New summer signing at centre-back Jores Okore only lasted half an hour against the Magpies and is expected to miss the rest of the season, leaving Lambert with only Nathan Baker to cover centre-half pairing Ciaran Clark and Ron Vlaar.