Match to be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Under-pressure manager Chris Hughton possibly couldn’t have picked a worse scenario to play the former Premier League champions under.
Manchester City were left reeling after their late disastrous loss to Chelsea last Saturday and they will be hungry to conflict some pain on their next opponent, in a desperate attempt to rebuild credibility and, more importantly get some points on the board.
Norwich have only beat Southampton at home this season and their recent poor form has put manager Chris Hughton under immense pressure to get results. They have struggled to find the back of the net, only managing 6 goals in 9 games so far this season and with Cities front-line as dangerous as ever it’s likely they will have to score at least one to get something out the game.
Norwich will be encouraged by their clean-sheet against Cardiff and will look to play something similar against Manchester City in an effort to try and limit their attacks.
Dutch International Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is expected to miss out through injury, which allows Gary Hooper to keep his place in the starting 11.
I also expect Nathan Redmond to replace Anthony Pilkington in the starting 11, as Norwich will more than likely set up a plan to hit City on the break and Redmond’s pace will trouble the Manchester side’s defence. Snodgrass is 'in contention' after his injury at Old Trafford revealed no problems, and could yet be passed fit to start.
I’m sure that their defensive 6 will remain the same, apart from Alexander Tettey who will miss the game through injury. I expect they will bring in former Leeds United's tough tackling midfielder Bradley Johnson, as they hopefully try and defer a strong City attack.