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  • 29 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Jones
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Norwich - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men looking for fifth consecutive win over Canaries

Norwich - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men looking for fifth consecutive win over Canaries

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The Premier League champions' four strikers have scored just three goals in the last eight games and have taken 14 points in that time - the same amount as their next opponents

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH

Bunn
Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Tettey, Johnson

Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington
Holt
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Kolo Toure, Kompany, Nastasic, Zabaleta
Barry, Yaya Toure
Milner, Tevez, Silva
Aguero

Norwich have no new injury worries after their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Boxing Day and are likely to be unchanged for the visit of Manchester City.

John Ruddy (thigh) remains a long-term absentee, while Andrew Surman (knee) and Steven Whittaker (hip) could both miss out again.

Manchester City have no real new concerns, though Pablo Zabaleta did pick up a cut to the head and played on in the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland. Aleksandar Kolarov (knee) may make a return but it is a big doubt while Maicon (knee) is also out.

Mario Balotelli is likely to miss the match, as David Platt revealed he is still feeling the effects of an illness, but Carlos Tevez (illness) "should" be fit in time according to the assistant manager.

Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy could both return, but both Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) will be out until the New Year.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich have the eighth-best Premier League home form this season.
  • The Canaries have the same record as their opponents over the last eight games, with both teams winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.
  • However, Chris Hughton's side have lost their last two games in a row.
  • Both teams have scored first in 47.3 per cent of their Premier League games this season.
  • Manchester City strikers Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli have scored just three goals between them in the past eight games.
  • In last season's corresponding fixture, the Premier League champions won 6-1, with Tevez scoring a hat-trick.
  • Sergio Aguero [pictured right] scored twice in both games against the Canaries last season.
  • Roberto Mancini's side have only failed to score in three of their 19 Premier League games this season.

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Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
37Harry KaneStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
Players to Watch
Alexander Tettey
Alexander Tettey
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The defensive midfielder has been earning rave reviews since his summer switch to Carrow Road and faces a big task in trying to stop City's creative forces in this game.
Joe Hart
Joe Hart
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The goalkeeper has come under fire in recent weeks for some high-profile mistakes, most notably against Sunderland in his side's 1-0 defeat. He is unlikely to be under a prolonged period of pressure against the Canaries, but will be tested at some point, and it will be interesting to see how he responds.
Prediction
This game will be a tough test for Roberto Mancini's injury-hit side, as the Canaries proved in their slim defeat against Chelsea last time out. However, with Carlos Tevez looking set to return to the scene where he scored a hat-trick in a pivotal game in the title race last season, his partnership with Sergio Aguero could prove the key.
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