Aston Villa v Norwich preview
Last Updated: 18/08/17 3:17pm
Scott Hogan has joined Aston Villa's injured ranks for the Championship clash with Norwich on Saturday.
The forward lasted only 29 minutes of Tuesday's defeat by Reading after suffering an ankle injury and could be set for another spell out. Hogan joins Jonathan Kodjia (broken ankle) and Jack Grealish (kidney) on the sidelines while midfielder Mile Jedinak (groin) is also likely to have to wait another week.
Ahmed Elmohamady, who needed 30 stitches in a mouth wound, will be assessed and youngsters Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Keinan Davis could come into contention.
Canaries head coach Daniel Farke is expecting changes for a third game in six days, with striker Nelson Oliveira hoping to retain his place after scoring in the 2-0 home win over QPR on Tuesday night. Full-back Ivo Pinto came off with cramp but should travel, while German midfielder Marco Stiepermann and fellow summer recruit Marley Watkins may also be in contention should Farke look to freshen up his side.
Swiss defender Timm Klose is closing in on a return from a pre-season leg muscle problem, while midfielder Alex Pritchard is recovering from ankle surgery and teenage defender Jamal Lewis is facing around four months out following a minor knee operation. Midfielder Louis Thompson is set to miss the majority of this season following Achilles surgery.
Aston Villa are unbeaten in eight home league games against the Canaries and have won five of the last six clashes at Villa Park.
Norwich's last league win at Villa Park came back in November 1992 in the inaugural Premier League season, winning 3-2 courtesy of goals from David Phillips, Darren Beckford and Daryl Sutch.
Aston Villa have won just once in their last nine league games, with Steve Bruce's side losing five and drawing three.
The Villans have failed to win any of their opening three league games to a season for the first time since 2012-13. If they fail to beat Norwich it will be their worst start to a league campaign since 1997-98.
The Canaries have won just two of their last 18 away league games, losing 10 (D6).
All four of Norwich's goals in the Championship this season have come in the second half of games.
Is Steve Bruce in trouble already? It's a bit early in the season for that but he could really use a win on Saturday.
He's already asking for patience from the fans and a lot of money has been spent at the club over the last year or so. They may have got a bit carried away with the John Terry signing and they've missed the impact of Jonathan Kodjia at the other end of the pitch.
But this feels like a Norwich win to me. If they can get an early goal then the crowd at Villa Park will turn and it could become a difficult afternoon for them.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)