Predicted Manchester City XI to play Norwich City - Three changes from Chelsea defeat

Manchester City Etihad 2

Match to be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Manchester City will be looking for an instant response this weekend after they were edged out at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.

City currently find themselves seventh in the table just two points ahead of local rivals Manchester United.

Manuel Pellegrini saw his side win in mid-week against Newcastle United but he’s likely to make several changes to that side, as he hunts down another three points this Saturday.

Here is the side he may go with against Norwich.

GK – Joe Hart

Hart was rested for the trip to Newcastle, which would have given him some time to reflect and think about the mistakes he has made this season. He remains one of the best goalkeepers around and it would be surprising if he doesn’t return to the team for this fixture.

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RB – Pablo Zabaleta

The right-back is one of the most experienced players that City have available. He’s not been at his best this season but he’s a leader and someone the rest of the side looks to when things aren’t going well.

CB – Javi Garcia

Martin Demichelis was given his debut against Chelsea but he didn’t do an awful lot to convince Pellegrini he should stay in the side. Joleon Lescott played well during mid-week but City’s Chilean boss is likely to nudge Garcia into the back four considering the opposition.

CB – Matija Nastasic

Nastasic is a very exciting defensive talent and someone who looks like he could form the spine of City’s defence for many years to come. He reads the game well, he’s quick and he’s got good strength, which makes him difficult for all forwards to play against.

LB – Aleksandar Kolarov

There is great debate over who is the best left-back at City; Aleksandar Kolarov or Gael Clichy. Kolarov should get the nod for this game as he played well against Newcastle. He offers a good outlet for the midfield when he goes forward and he’s solid defensively.

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RM – Jesus Navas

This game against Norwich represents a real opportunity for City to cut loose, attack and go after a big win at home. Navas on the right hand side creates natural width and his pace will make him a constant threat throughout the game.

CM – Yaya Toure

Toure is one of the first names down on the team sheet for Premier League games. He offers power and intelligence going forward as well as aggression and awareness when he’s being pressed back towards his own goal. Toure has also been a big threat from set pieces this season.

CM – Fernandinho

He still doesn’t seem to be quite at his best but Fernandinho is likely to slot in next to Toure. He’s good in possession and is a very intelligent player able to link the defence with midfield and the midfield with attack.

LM – David Silva

Silva on the left provides an element of control in possession. He often cuts inside to get involved with the play centrally and it’s important that Kolarov gets beyond him from left-back, which will give City some width down that side of the pitch.

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ST – Sergio Aguero

Aguero is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and someone who is an effective front man against all defences. The Argentinean should be very determined to get stuck in, cause chaos and increase his goal tally by one or two goals in this game.

ST – Alvaro Negredo

Negredo is starting to look like a very decent number nine for City. He came off the bench against Newcastle to get a goal and should play at the top of the attack, looking to occupy both centre backs which will create more space for his teammates to take advantage of.

What do you think? Should Garcia move into defence? Do you want to see Nasri in the team?

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