Norwich City v Manchester City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.

Odds: Norwich City 9/1, Draw 9/2, Manchester City 6/17

Last season: 3-4

Preview & injury news

Both sides are going into this game on the back of significant defeats but the home side are really going to be up against it as Manchester City look to bounce back from their defeat to title rivals Chelsea, and keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Norwich currently sit two points above the relegation zone and have a habit of drawing games lately, something which they need to turn into wins as the Canaries have only won one in their last nine in the league. Manchester City were on the end of a typical Mourinho performance in a big game as Chelsea ended their 100% home record, but City's form prior to that was excellent having won each of their last eight league games, and they will be confident of bouncing back having only been shut out for the third time this season. They could potentially return to the top of the Premier League as they trail Arsenal by two points - who have a difficult assignment this weekend as they take on Liverpool at Anfield.

On the injury front, Ryan Bennett is a doubt for Norwich, but isn't ruled out completely as he struggles with a thigh injury, though Michael Turner and Jonny Howson are due back later this month as they recover from hamstring and back injuries respectively. No timescale has been put on the return of Elliott Bennett's return from a knee problem.

For Manchester City, Fernandinho could still be sidelined with a muscle injury after missing the defeat to Chelsea, though he could return for the cup tie against them. Javi Garcia could return for the visitors but they will still be without Samir Nasri until later on this month as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Sergio Aguero is set to return to the side next month as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

Key stats

Here are the two sides top scorers in the Premier League so far this season

Gary Hooper Norwich FW 5 19 1,405
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 3 23 1,969
Jonny Howson Norwich MF 2 16 1,297
Bradley Johnson Norwich MF 2 19 1,449
Robert Snodgrass Norwich MF 2 17 1,447
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 15 17 1,199
Yaya Touré Man City MF 12 23 2,002
Álvaro Negredo Man City FW 9 22 1,382

Here are their average possession statistics:

NamePossession PercentageGames
Norwich City 45.83 24
NamePossession PercentageGames
Manchester City 56.88 24

And the amount of clean sheets both sides have kept

NameClean SheetGames
Norwich City 8 24
NameClean SheetGames
Manchester City 8 24

5 players to watch

Robert Snodgrass - If Norwich paid attention to Chelsea's set-up last Monday, they will have seen there is scope for their wide players to punish Man City given that they play their full-backs quite high up the field, so if Snodgrass is on song, he could cause the visitors some trouble.

Alvaro Negredo - Negredo has just come back from a shoulder problem, and didn't look particularly sharp against Chelsea. However, he has been in terrific form this season and will hope to pick up that form that has haunted several defences so far this season.

Wes Hoolahan - Hoolahan has been a little unsettled at Carrow Road of late as he sought to leave Norwich to link up with former manager Paul Lambert at Aston Villa. However, he is a creative player and can come up with a moment of magic to help the home side's cause. If he does play it will be interesting to see how he performs.

James Milner - The Martin Demichelis experiment didn't work against Chelsea so James Milner must be thinking he has an opportunity to impress if he's played in the middle of the park. Will he get his chance? If not, you'd think he may be a little frustrated.

Sebastian Bassong - At the heart of the Norwich defence, Bassong will need to show leadership and organisational skills in order for Canaries to avoid another hammering at least, never mind trying to get something out of the game. Can Bassong step up?

Earlier on in the season

Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City, November 2013

An embarrassing day for the Canaries as Manchester City could not stop scoring - on a day when goalkeeper Joe Hart was dropped from the home side's starting line-up by Manuel Pellegrini. It didn't matter as Bradley Johnson put through his own net when Sergio Aguero's shot deflected off the Norwich defender before David Silva doubled the lead. Matija Nastasic's header deflected off Russell Martin before Alvaro Negredo tapped in Aguero's cross before half-time. The goals kept on coming after the break with Yaya Toure to score a trademark free-kick for City's fifth. Sergio Aguero capitalised on Sebastian Bassong's poor clearance to make it six, whilst Edin Dzeko rounded off the scoring with an excellent finish.

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