Aston Villa vs Norwich City Expert EPL Picks Against the Spread 10/5/2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Teemu Pukki and Norwich City (2-0-5, 17th in the English Premier League) host Aston Villa (1-2-4, 18th in the English Premier League) at Carrow Road on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The goalkeepers expected to start are Tom Heaton for Aston Villa and Michael McGovern for Norwich City. The line on this contest has Aston Villa coming in at +228 and the Canaries are priced at +118. The total opens at 2.75.
Aston Villa comes into this matchup with a record of 1 win, 2 draws, and 4 defeats which puts them at 18th in the English Premier League. So far this year, they have converted a total of 8 goals which ranks 11th in the EPL. Their goal differential is -3, which puts them at 14th in the EPL. In terms of shots on target, they currently have a total of 33 which ranks 5th in the EPL. As a unit, Aston Villa has earned a total of 83 fouls which has them averaging 11.86 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 5 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 41,619.
Jack Grealish is a top player to watch for the Villains. The midfielder from Ireland has competed in 167 contests over the course of his professional soccer career and has totaled 11,581 mins. Up to now, the 23-year-old has netted 20 goals and has assisted on 21 goals. For his career he is averaging 69.3 mins per appearance. Grealish has been a starter in 125 contests and has totaled 112 fouls over that period. With regard to shots on target, Grealish has earned 68 which has him ranking 138th when compared to active players and 67th among midfielders. Wesley Moraes is another player to watch out for on the team from Aston Villa. The 22-year-old from Brazil has scored 31 goals in his career which is 91st when compared to all players still active in the Premier League. He has totaled 6,568 minutes in his career which is 67th among active forwards and has an average of 63.2 mins per appearance which is 227th in the Premier League. In the time he's played pro soccer, he has totaled 58 shots on target which is 62nd among active forwards.
Protecting the goal for the Villains is Tom Heaton from England. He is 33 years old and has racked up 29,560 mins protecting the net in his career. Heaton has given up an average of 1.22 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 12th out of all active goalies in the Premier League. Over the course of his career, he's given up 401 goals. He holds a career save % of .718 which ranks him 10th among active professional goalies.
Norwich City will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 2 wins, 0 draws, and 5 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 18th in the league with -7. They have earned a total of 9 goals for this year. Norwich City has a save % as a team of .628 which has them sitting 14th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are averaging a crowd of 27,042 which is good for 16th in the league.
One of the top players for the Canaries is Teemu Pukki. The 29 year-old has driven 124 balls into the back of the net in the time he's played professional soccer. He sits at 20th among active forwards in assists with 36 and has connected on 312 shots on target. He has totaled 20,748 mins and holds an average of 65.9 minutes per appearance. Another one of the great players on this team is Marco Stiepermann. The midfielder from Germany has scored 30 goals over the course of his professional soccer career which has him ranking 41st among active midfielders. He also has committed 335 fouls.
In goal for the Canaries is Michael McGovern who has had an marginal career by giving up 1.27 goals per 90 minutes and that ranks him 15th in the Premier League. In the 24,339 minutes he's played as a goaltender in his career, he's allowed 344 goals. He has a career save percentage of .687 which puts him at 19th among all goalies still active in the Premier League.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Aston Villa (+228)
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