Premier League preview - Norwich City v Aston Villa

Team news, the player to watch, battle of the day, referee and betting for the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Arsenal at 3pm on Sunday.

• Norwich City team news:

Defender Zak Whitbread (calf) misses the final Premier League game of the season. Paul Lambert stated on Friday left-back Adam Drury (groin) is doubtful although the 33-year-old is poised to return to training today. Lambert reported no fresh injury concerns from last weekend's 3-3 draw at Arsenal. Striker James Vaughan was left out of the match day squad at the Emirates for tactical reasons. Dani Ayala (knee) and Marc Tierney (groin) are longer term absentees.

Subs (from): Steer, Ward, Barnett, Drury, Crofts, Fox, Pilkington, Vaughan, Morison, Surman, Wilbraham.

• Aston Villa team news:

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Andreas Weimann is out after suffering a medial ligament strain in last weekend's Premier League draw against Tottenham. Full-back Alan Hutton (shin) needs ankle ligament surgery. Striker Darren Bent (ankle) is not expected to be risked. Emile Heskey (ankle) is likely to be fit fit and Gabriel Agbonlahor (ribs) could also return after missing the Tottenham game.

Subs (from): Guzan, Baker, Bannan, Gardner, Carruthers, Delfouneso, Agbonlahor.

• Manager:

Alex McLeish The Glaswegian has endured a torrid first season at Villa Park after a controversial switch across the Second City divide following Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League. Hugely experienced in the management game with spells in club and international football. Guided Rangers to two titles, two Scottish FA Cups and three League Cups and his country to within one win of qualifying for the 2008 European Championship finals. Moved on to Birmingham where he managed to take the Blues back into the Premier League in 2009 and subsequently a highest league finish in 50 years before landing a notable League Cup triumph at Wembley against Arsenal.

• One to watch:

Charles N'Zogbia

The 25-year-old French international has so far failed to justify the price tag following his �9m move from Wigan last season. N'Zogbia had previously shown glimpses of undoubted ability during a five-year spell at Newcastle where he made 118 appearances in the north-east. N'Zogbia was the last player signed by Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside when he was spotted in the L'Harve academy as a teenager. N'Zogbia made his senior French debut for Laurent Blanc's 'Les Bleus' in a friendly against Norway in August 2010.

• Referee:

Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Booked five and sent off Newcastle's Dan Gosling on his previous visit to Carrow Road earlier this season. Shown 143 yellow and 11 red cards in his 39 appointments.

• Betting:

Norwich 5/4, draw 12/5, Aston Villa 2/1. First scorer City: Holt 9/2, Morison 5/1, Vaughan, Jackson 6/1, Wilbraham 7/1, Hoolahan 8/1.

Aston Villa: Agbonlahor 6/1, Delfouneso, Heskey 7/1, Ireland, N'Zogbia 9/1.

No goalscorer: 11/1.

• Battle of the day:

Ryan Bennett v Emile Heskey

Norwich's January window acquistion has faced a steep learning curve at times duelling with the best strikers in the land. Bennett looked far more composed alongside Russell Martin in face of a second half onslaught at the Emirates. Heskey will provide a different challenge to Robin van Persie. The former England man will be desperate to end his Villa career on a positive note ahead of his summer exit.

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