Norwich City vs Manchester City – Match Preview
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 11, 2016
It’s a rare lunchtime kick off for Manchester City as a trip to Carrow Road is on the agenda for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. After already playing at the home of the Canaries once this season, it’s familiar territory for some of the Manchester City players.
Following last weekend’s demolition of Aston Villa, everyone is expecting a much sterner test by the side managed by one of the most promising young managers in the league – Alex Neil. The situation for both sides will be exactly the same from Manchester City’s last outing – Norwich, fighting for their Premier League status, and Manchester City, hunting down the current league leaders Leicester.
Prior to Neil’s press conference, the home side were already making pre-match preparations without Alex Tettey who is ruled out through injury. Gary O’Neil and Jonny Howson are the main players who are expected to start for the Canaries in either a 4-2-3-1 formation or a very defensively minded 5-4-1. However, the number of individuals carrying knocks for this game is a big issue. Andre Wisdom, Robbie Brady, Sébastien Bassong and Steven Naismith will be assessed closer to kick off but are unlikely to feature for the whole 90 minutes. Patrick Bamford is set to be given the nod to lead the line for the home side.
As for Manuel Pellegrini’s team, there are no fresh injuries to worry the Chilean but Delph, Nasri and Kevin De Bruyne all remain injured with Yaya Touré set to miss the next three games including the Manchester Derby. An unchanged side from the one that took apart Aston Villa is a possibility. That however would see Raheem Sterling remain on the bench with Wilfried Bony partnering Sergio Agüero; despite his disappointing performance last time out.
Norwich have lost 8 out of their last 9 Premier League matches.
Manchester City have won 8 out of their last 10 matches against the Canaries in all competitions.
Norwich have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 home Premier League matches.
Manchester City have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
Which way will this game go?
One could be quick to suggest that Manchester City will come away from Carrow Road with all three points. And to be fair, I would have to go the same way. The fire power in the City squad will be too much for a side that simply leak far too many goals. This is evident when you look at the fact that they have conceded AT LEAST two goals in their last four Premier League home games. Despite Wilfried Bony not hitting top form at the moment, the fire power that City have will be too much with the likes of Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling looking deadly against Aston Villa. Some would say that was due to the poor quality of the opposition, but the fitness and concentration was tested that day, as Villa parked 10 men behind the ball and the movement off the ball from the City players had to be constant.
In conclusion, I can see City only just edging it on this occasion but Norwich will score last a City defence that isn’t exactly unbeatable on the road. I’m going for a 1-2 away win for the Sky Blues with Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho on the score sheet.
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