Premier League live: Aston Villa v Norwich City

1:30 p.m. April 30, 2022

Norwich City’s fate in the Premier League could be assured today with a loss to Aston Villa.

The Canaries will be officially relegated if they are beaten by Steven Gerrard’s men and Burnley continue their mission of survival with victory against 19th-placed Watford.

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Dean Smith returns to his old club expecting a hero’s welcome, but he hopes to silence his old hunting ground and ensure the fight for the most unlikely of great escapes continues next weekend.

The City boss has achieved a lot in his three years at Villa Park, including promotion from the Championship and steering them to Premier League safety. He was sacked as head coach of his boyhood club in November after five straight league defeats.

Smith is looking to become the first former Aston Villa manager to win against his former side in the Premier League. Smith fell short with one attempt, former City boss Martin O’Neill did it twice and Ron Atkinson five times.

Norwich’s top-flight record at Villa Park isn’t great. The Canaries have failed to do so in their last eight Premier League games. That said, Gerrard’s side haven’t won any of their last five matches.

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