Can Norwich stay in The Premier League?
Last updated: March 7, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Norwich City lost their last Premier League game 0-1 to Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium after Sigurdsson’s goal in the 60th minute of the match. This defeat could be crucial in the relegation battle, because The Canaries still have only 24 points, while The Swans have now accrued 33 points, with 9 games left before the end of the season.
The Citizens were unsparing against a weak Aston Villa last weekend. Sergio Aguero showed a brilliant performance, scoring twice in Guzan’s net. Manchester City are lying in 4th place with 40 points and are just 10 behind the leaders Leicester City. In addition, The Citizens had one of their games postponed so they can get even closer to The Foxes. So, Manuel Pellegrini’s players still have a chance of winning the title.
There has been 12 draws in 25 meetings between Norwich and Manchester City at Carrow Road. The Citizens have won 9 matches, while The Canaries have recorded 4 victories. These two teams have already met this season in The FA Cup and Manchester City recorded an easy 3-0 away victory. Aguero, Iheanacho and De Bruyne scored for The Citizens.
Sebastien Bassong is injured for The Canaries. The Cameroonian defender is one of the key Norwich players, having recorded 26 appearances this season.
Wisdom and Tettey are the other injured players for Norwich. Alexander Tettey is suffering from an ankle injury and can’t take part in the game.
Kevin De Bruyne is close to his recovery. The Belgian international is suffering from a LCL knee ligament injury and will be ready to play within a month.
Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri for Manchester City are also missing the game. Delph will resume full training at the end of the month.
Quotes of the week
Alex Neil (Norwich City) : “I said to the players after the game we have to keep believing. We have to believe we can get across the line.”
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “For every team, whether they have experience of a title run-in or not, there is a lot of pressure in the last part of the season.”
|Norwich City (5-4-1):||Ruddy, Klose, Ivo Pinto, Brady, Martin, O’Neil, Redmond, Naismith, Howson, Hoolahan, Jerome.|
|Subs||Rudd, Olsson, Mbokani, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Jarvis, Bamford.|
|Injured:||Wisdom, Bassong, Tettey.|
|Manchester City (4-2-3-1):||Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, Toure, Aguero.|
|Subs||Caballero, Sagna, Navas, Bony, Clichy, Iheanacho, Mangala.|
|Injured:||Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph.|
So far this season
|Norwich City this season||Manchester City this season|
|4 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||10 (5)|
|3-1 vs. Bounemouth and Sunderland||Biggest win||6-1 vs. Newcastle|
|4 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (4)|
|6 (11)||(at home) Losses (away)||4 (4)|
|2-6 to Newcastle||Biggest Defeat||1-4 to Liverpool|
|Redmond (5)||Top scorer||Aguero (16)|
|Hoolahan (8)||Assist Leader||Silva (10)|
|Y50, R3||Discipline||Y47, R0|
|10||Failures to score||6|
|16||Both Teams to Score Games||14|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||19|
|13||Under 2.5 Games||9|
- Norwich City have lost 8 of their last 9 Premier League matches. They last won on the 2nd January 2016 (1-0 vs. Southampton).
- The Canaries have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches in The Premiership. The total number of conceded goals by Norwich is 54.
- There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Norwich City’s last 4 home Premier League matches. The Canaries lost 3 of these games.
- There has been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Manchester City’s last 7 league games. But The Citizens won just 3 of these games.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|09/01/16||The FA Cup||Norwich 0-3 Man City||S. Agüero 16′|
|31/10/15||The Premier League||Man City 2-1 Norwich||N. Otamendi 67′|
|08/02/14||The Premier League||Norwich 0-0 Man City||—|
|02/11/13||The Premier League||Man City 7-0 Norwich||B. Johnson (OG) 16′|
|19/05/13||The Premier League||Man City 2-3 Norwich||A. Pilkington 26′|