City won’t be troubled by The Canaries

Last updated: October 28, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWWW
Away form: LLLLD
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City’s players proved they are in top form, scoring 11 goals in The Citizens last two home Premiership games. In addition, Man City won 2-1 against Sevilla in The Champions League and drew 0-0 at Old Trafford against Manchester United. With such stats, City’s fans can expect to see a myriad of goals in Norwich’s net.

Furthermore, Norwich City lost three consecutive Premiership games. The Canaries conceded 9 goals in these three matches. Alex Neil’s players haven’t achieved a Premier League victory since 12th Sept. 2015 when they won 3-1 against Bournemouth. What to say about The Canaries 2-6 defeat at the hands of Newcastle at St. James’ Park two weeks ago? Well, that was maybe the worst defensive performance display this season.

The Manchester City fans hope The Citizens can repeat last season’s performance against Norwich when City won 7-0 against The Canaries. That was a record in the Head to Head stats between these two teams.

Team News

Great news for Alex Neil – no injured players in the Norwich squad. The manager can play his best against The Citizens.

Samir Nasri is suffering from a hamstring problem. The French midfielder is expected to return to full training within a couple of weeks.

Manchester City’s top goal-scorer, Sergio Aguero, has recently received an injury while playing for Argentina and won’t be available for the match.

Wilfried Bony is expected to start again for The Citizens. The striker has scored two goals from 8 games this season.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “We’ll have the mentality of a big team. We’ll always go for the win.”

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “We’ve been doing a lot of work and made a few tweaks to the shape, and it worked. I thought we did really well.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Fernando, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Bony.
Subs Mangala, Toure, Zabaleta, Caballero, Iheanacho, Delph, Clichy.
Injured: Nasri, Aguero.
Not available:
Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Whittaker, Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Johnson, Jerome, Rudd, Bennett, Mulumbu, Lafferty, Tettey
Not available:

Key Battle

fernandinho Fernandinho this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 879 2 2,7 1 1 5 0
mbokani Mbokani this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
2 (3) 245 2 1,8 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Norwich this season
1 League Position 16
4 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland
0 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (2)
1-4 to Tottenham Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Newcastle
Aguero (6) Top scorer Redmond (4)
Silva (6) Assist Leader Hoolahan (5)
Y21, R0 Discipline Y13, R1
1 Failures to score 2
6 Clean Sheets 0
4 Both Teams to Score Games 8
6 Over 2.5 Games 7
4 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • Norwich City have won against Manchester City on only 6 occasions from 49 games. The last time they did it was two years ago when The Canaries won 3-2 at The Etihad Stadium.
  • In 3 of the last 6 games between these two teams, City have won against their opponent by more than 3 goals. The last match at Etihad ended with a 7-0 victory for The Citizens.
  • The guests have won only one away game from the beginning of the season (3-1 vs. Sunderland on 15th August 2015).
  • The Citizens have won 7 from 10 games in The Premier League so far. They have scored 2,4 goals per game on average, which means they have the best attack record in the league.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/02/14 The Premier League Norwich 0-0 Manchester City
02/11/13 The Premier League Manchester City 7-0 Norwich B. Johnson (OG) 16′
19/05/13 The Premier League Manchester City 2-3 Norwich Pilkington 26′
29/12/12 The Premier League Norwich 3-4 Manchester City Džeko 2′
14/04/12 The Premier League Norwich 1-6 Manchester City Tevez 18′