3 Key Battles That Could Decide Saturday's Clash Between Norwich City and Aston Villa

Norwich City registered their first win of the season by beating QPR 2-0 at home on Wednesday but travel to Villa Park to face Steve Bruce's side - who have only a draw to show for this season.


Both sides will want a win to ensure their playoff hopes don't start drifting away, and here's three battles that could go a long way to deciding how the game pans out... 

3. André Green vs Ivo Pinto

19-year-old André Green is a product of the Villa academy and his pace and flair allows him to beat many defenders down the wing.


With Villa starting so poorly and still looking for a win, Green will be one of the players Steve Bruce will be expecting to create chances and cause problems for the Norwich defence.


Ivo Pinto enjoyed a successful first season with Norwich last season and won't be too bothered by the prospect of coming up against Green. However, with Bruce's side continuing to have striking problems, the Villa boss cannot afford his youth player to have a quiet game

2. Harrison Reed vs Glenn Whelan

Sitting at the base of the Canaries' midfield Harrison Reed has been vital to the Norwich side so far this season.


The Southampton loanee opened up his Yellows' account with a long-range strike against QPR and his accurate passing and ability to dictate play has drawn similarities to a young Paul Scholes.


The former England U20 playmaker will face a midfielder 11 years senior and with a vast amount of Premier League appearances in Glenn Whelan. Whelan will be expected to tighten up the Villa midfield and ensure that Reed won't have enough much time on the ball to carve open chances.  

1. Nélson Oliveira vs John Terry

Norwich's Portuguese hitman may have started this season on the bench but an opening weekend goal followed up by a strike against QPR has seen him hit fine form.


Oliveira holds up the ball well and has suprisingly good feet for a target man - Norwich will look for him as much as possible when attacking.


Up against the former Benfica will be a 36-year-old John Terry who suffered a difficult last season in the Premier League. The Villains have already conceded 6 times in the league this season and if Terry cannot keep Oliveira quiet then their back four will have a long 90 minutes to play.

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