Manchester City v Norwich City, Match Preview, Stats & Team news

Etihad Stadium

To be played at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 2nd November at 15:00

Odds: Man City 2/9, Draw 13/2, Norwich 18/1

Last season 2-3

Match Preview & Injury news

It took Manchester City 120 minutes to get past Newcastle in the Capital One Cup and book their place in the quarter-finals whilst Norwich were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United. City are looking to bounce back from their league disappointment at Stamford Bridge last weekend with the goalkeeper’s position under the spotlight.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini may drop Joe Hart in favour of Costel Pantilimon who impressed in midweek. Chris Hughton will be hoping for a good result here as his Norwich side currently sit in the relegation zone with eight points after nine games but they will have a tough task to end Manchester City’s 100% home record.

Vincent Kompany looks set to miss out against for Man City as he continues his recovery from injury whilst striker Stefan Jovetic hobbled off in midweek and looks likely to miss out. Robert Snodgrass, Nathan Redmond, Elliot Bennett are likely to miss out but Ricky Van Wolfswinkel may return after an ankle injury.

Statistics

Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s top scorer in the league this season with seven goals.

Jonathan Howson is Norwich City’s top scorer in the league this season with two goals.

Manchester City’s home form: Played 4, Won 4, Drawn 0, Lost 0, Goals For 13, Goals Against 2

Norwich City’s away form: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 3, Goals For 2, Goals Against 7.

Manchester City had 54% possession in their last league match, a 2-1 away defeat to Chelsea

Norwich City had 61% possession in their last league match, a 0-0 draw at home to Cardiff City.

Five players to watch

Joe Hart

A lot of the focus is going to be on whether Hart plays or not. If he plays every aspect of his performance will be scrutinised, if not then there will be lots of column inches over his expression and body language from sitting on the bench.

Sergio Aguero

Man City’s leading scorer this season is going to be a very short price to be in amongst them again. He’s just one behind the leading scorer in the league, and as well as wanting to pick up three points, he will be keen to aid his cause to win the golden boot.

Leroy Fer

He caused an almighty commotion last weekend when he kicked the ball towards goal after Cardiff put the ball out of play.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

He may be able to return to the side after injury. If he does, can he provide a bit of magic that could kick start the Canaries season?

Martin Demichelis

With Kompany missing out, Demichelis is likely again to deputise. He was thrown in at the deep end last week against Chelsea, but with him a bit more familiar with his surroundings expect him to have a more assured display.

Last time they met

Manchester City 2-3 Norwich City – Premier League May 2013

This was the first home game without Roberto Mancini in the hotseat as Manchester City finished a trophyless season with defeat, but it was a very good game to watch for the neutral. Anthony Pilkington capitalised on some poor City defending to Norwich into the lead before Jack Rodwell equalised moments later. Grant Holt restored Norwich’s lead ten minutes after the break only for Rodwell to reply five minutes later before Jonny Howson’s solo effort, which included a run that beat four men and won the game for the Canaries.

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