The Canaries head into the match after an eye-catching and deserved win at fourth-placed Tottenham, while Roberto Mancini's side hope to maintain their title challenge
Martin, R Bennett, Ward, Drury
E Bennett, Hoolahan, Howson, Pilkington
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, De Jong
Silva, Aguero, Nasri
The Canaries remain without long-term absentee James Vaughan (knee) and defender Daniel Ayala (hamstring). Declan Rudd (ankle) requires surgery while Marc Tierney (groin) aggravated his injury and remains out for Norwich City.
Manchester City have a relatively clean bill of health. Mario Balotelli will serve the second of his three-match suspension, while Yaya Toure (knee) is the only injury concern for the Blues after hobbling off against Arsenal last weekend.
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- Since Manchester City's 6-1 thumping of Manchester United on October 23, Roberto’s Mancini’s men have only won three times away from home in the Premier League.
- The only Englishman to score more goals than Norwich City captain Grant Holt this season is Wayne Rooney, who has 22 strikes to Holt's 13, and the Manchester United striker will be absent for the first two games of Euro 2012 through suspension.
- Both sides head into this tie on the back of mood-lifting triumphs. Roberto Mancini's side beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 after failing to win in their three prior matches, while the Canaries beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane after picking up just five points in their previous seven league games.
- The reverse fixture was a 5-1 win in City’s favour back in December. Having scored five or more goals on three previous occasions this campaign, the north-west side have not scored as many in a single match since.
- Norwich sat in 10th position after their defeat to the the title contenders - over four months on and they are again 10th heading into the clash. City, on the other hand, were five points clear at the top of the table but now Manchester United sit five points clear of them.
- Despite their starkly different league positions, both sides have taken eight points from their last six matches in the division.
- Five of City's last 40 goals in the top flight have come away from home. They are 11/1 to beat Norwich 3-0 with Paddy Power.