Goal frenzy or upset: why Man City v Norwich will be first on MOTD

Tradition dictates that the match between Manchester City and the Canaries will be must-see TV.

BBC1's popular highlights package Match of the Day often opens their show with either one of two scenarios: either a title-challenging side has completely annihilated their opponents, or an upset has been struck and a table-topping team has come unstuck against a club they should have bettered.

On Saturday, November 2, the Manchester City and Norwich City game covers both possible outcomes and is therefore one of the weekends picks for must-see TV.

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Reasons why it will be a multi-goal thriller

  • Since Norwich re-entered the Premier League via Championship promotion in 2011-12, the four games competed between these two sides has produced an extraordinary high of 25 goals… that's a 6.25 goal per game average!
  • Sergio Aguero: the diminutive and supremely-skilled Argentine is one of the most effective forwards in the division. In 589 minutes of Premier League football, Aguero has completed 83% of his 191 passes, has hit the target with 16 of his 20 total shots (80% of his shots are on target), created 11 chances, assisted twice and scored seven times. That's a return of a goal or assist once every 65 minutes and is evidence, surely, that if City run riot, he will play a key role, especially considering his track record against Norwich (four goals in his last three starts against them).
  • Consistently on the score board: Regardless of where the goals come from… attack, midfield, defence, set-pieces (City have scored the most from set play this season - 7 - than any other team), they always seem to get them as Manuel Pellegrini's men have scored in every single one of the last 54 Premier League games.

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Reasons why it will be an upset

  • While City's home form is seemingly impeccable, the last team to visit Eastlands and leave with all three points was… Norwich City, who trumped the Citizens 3-2 at the end of the 2012-13 season.
  • Norwich are producing chance after chance. Against Cardiff, they attempted an astonishing 31 shots on goal, however, they failed to burst the net on any of those occasions. If there is a combination on Saturday of, evidence of greater target practice and a little bit of luck, then City could be in for a shock…

Are City likely to give Norwich a November stuffing or will the visitors leave having nullified the millionaires? Let us know in the comment section below…

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