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Aston Villa v Norwich City preview: Paul Lambert takes on his former employers in a potential livewire

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Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager confronts his old club Norwich City

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager confronts his old club Norwich City

There is a potential stormy reunion in store at Villa Park on Saturday when Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert takes on his former club Norwich City in the Premier League.

The 43-year-old departed Carrow Road under a cloud in the summer, stepping down from his managerial post at the end of May to take over the Villans just days later in June.

Norwich and Lambert are now involved in a bitter legal battle over compensation and there could be some sparks from both sides on Saturday.

Both Villa and Norwich have been disappointing in the Premier League so far this season, hovering just over the relegation zone.

Heading into the eighth round of matches in the English top flight this weekend, Villa find themselves just one point above the bottom three with five points, while Norwich are a point above them in 15th.

However, the Canaries will be boosted by their 1-0 home win against Arsenal last weekend, while this is Villa's worst start to a season in 25 years, but Lambert refuses to panic.

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Richard Dunne is out for Villa with a groin injury, while Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark will undergo further tests on Friday to ascertain their fitness for Saturday's encounter.

Matt Lowton is on standby to switch into the centre with Eric Lichaj in contention to earn a recall as his replacement at right-back.

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Hughton has no fresh injury worries for Norwich, with goalkeeper Mark Bunn and defender Steven Whittaker expected to return next week.

The Canaries boss could also deploy Wesley Hoolahan in a five-man midfield against Villa.

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  • Aston Villa have won only two of their last 16 Premier League matches at Villa Park.
  • Norwich have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 37 away games in the Premier League.
  • Norwich and Villa are the Premier League's joint-lowest scorers with just six goals apiece this season.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Bacuna 7 Bacuna
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Baker 2 Baker
  • Bertrand 23 Bertrand
  • El Ahmadi 8 El Ahmadi

  • Westwood 15 Westwood
  • Delph 16 Delph
  • Albrighton 12 Albrighton
  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor
  • Weimann 10 Weimann

Team taken from Aston Villa vs Southampton (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 19th April 2014

  • Ruddy 1 Ruddy
  • Whittaker 3 Whittaker
  • Martin R 2 Martin R
  • Turner 6 Turner
  • Martin Olsson 23 Martin Olsson
  • Johnson B 4 Johnson B
  • Fer 10 Fer

  • Howson 8 Howson
  • Snodgrass 7 Snodgrass
  • Hooper 11 Hooper

  • Redmond 22 Redmond

Team taken from Norwich City vs Liverpool (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 20th April 2014

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