Norwich Aston Villa : Sack race odds heats up on McLeish as Canaries look to finish Premiership with win
Norwich City will be aiming to finish a fantastic season on a high this weekend when they host Aston Villa a shade over even odds with Bet365, who also report free bets on Sunday afternoon at Carrow Road.
The Canaries have had a fantastic three years under manager Paul Lambert, with back to back promotions followed by a mid-table finish in the Premier League. It really is remarkable how far they have come.
They are competing with some of the top teams in the league too, with a 2-1 victory at Tottenham last month followed up with a credible 3-3 draw at Arsenal last weekend.
Norwich’s counter attacking football was very impressive at the Emirates too and it was a good performance from them after a relatively poor run of form. Now it is all about celebrating the season they have had and claiming three point on Sunday.
In terms of league position, Lambert’s men could climb to 11th if they win and results go their way, so there is plenty of motivation to delay any thoughts of laying on the beach for one more game.
As for Aston Villa, they will be relieved that they don’t need anything from this game. It looked at one stage that they would still be in danger of the drop at this stage, but they can relax on that front.
They are still not mathematically safe, but sitting three points clear of the bottom three, it would take a dramatic goal difference turnaround for them to be dragged into the relegation zone.
Instead of being crucial for Premier League points, this weekend’s clash is Villa’s chance to give their fans something to cheer about. Enjoyable moments have been few and far between this season with just one win in their last 15 games.
It seems very likely that this could be Alex McLeish’s last game in charge of the club too. The Villa fans have already been discussing who they would like to take the team forward.
Overall, there is bound to be an end of season feeling to this one, but this doesn’t take anything away from how much both teams will want to win the game.