Saturday's Live Match Previews
It is extremely early in the season to consider any match a ‘six pointer', however the Claret & Blues and the Canaries will be making furtive glances at the teams above them.
The two teams have managed to collect a total of eleven points between them from the opening eight rounds of games and with the knowledge that losing touch with the higher teams is a looming possibility; you can expect that goal mouth attack and last ditch tackles will be on the menu at 12:45 on Saturday afternoon.
From a statistical point of view, Norwich's record at Villa Park is unconvincing, though this is tempered by Aston Villa's lack of home success over the last year.
While the teams have been hitting the back of the net with British Rail reliability in recent matches, Norwich did play excellently throughout to secure a well deserved 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
The scorer, unsurprisingly, was Grant Holt. Holt has been banging on England's door and if there is a match winner on the pitch, the Norwich talisman could well be the one.
Worth a punt:
Grant Holt to score any time and Norwich to win @ 6/1
Final Score Aston Villa 0 - Norwich 1 @ 10/1
• Norwich have won just one of the last eight Premier League meetings with Villa (W1 D4 L3), but it came in the last game at Carrow Road (2-0).
• Aston Villa have won just two of their last 16 Premier League matches at Villa Park (W2 D6 L8).
• Norwich have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 37 Premier League away games.
• Grant Holt has netted in each of his last three Premier League matches.
• Aston Villa haven't conceded a first half goal in any of their last six Premier League matches.
• Norwich are the only team not to score any goals from set pieces in the Premier League this season.
• Norwich and Villa are the Premier League's joint-lowest scorers with just six goals apiece (as well as Sunderland).
• Five points from eight games is Aston Villa's worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.
• The Canaries have converted the lowest percentage of shots into goals in the Premier League this season (7%).
• Aston Villa have won just two of their last 24 Premier League matches (W2 D10 L12).
While Mancini has been hitting the headlines with his opinions after the Light Blues failed to deliver on Wednesday, Swansea's Danish hero Michael Laudrap hasn't exactly been receiving the plaudits from his own players.
Despite these tremors, both teams have gained success to match the disappointments and after Swansea briefly topped the Premier League table, they now sit comfortably in 10th place, a position that supporters would have accepted pre-season.
2011/12 champions Manchester City are unbeaten after eight league matches and have a record of 30 win and 3 draws from their last 33 matches at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Swansea have been playing stylish and flowing football under the new manager and this clash has goals written all over it.
Worth a punt:
Over 4.5 goals @ 5/2
Final Score Man City 4 - Swansea 1 @ 14/1
• Manchester City have lost none of their last 33 Premier League home games (W30 D3 L0).
• No team has prevented City from scoring in the Citizens' last 35 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium.
• Swansea have won just one and lost five of their last seven Premier League away games.
• Manchester City have scored a league high 41% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.
• Man City have conceded a league high 56% of goals from set pieces this season.
• Michu has scored six goals from just eight shots on target this season.
• Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.
• David Silva has created a scoring chance every 21.6 minutes this season, a more frequent rate than any other player.
• Manchester City have fired in 56 shots on target this season, more than any other team.
• The champions have won 12 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games since defeat to Swansea in March.