Manchester City - Norwich Preview: Managerless Blues unbeaten at home since December
Last season's champions are still reeling from their shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan, followed by Roberto Mancini's sacking on Monday, but should secure an easy win
By Adam Mazrani
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Silva, Barry, Yaya Toure, Nasri
Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington
Manchester City have few injuries, with only Kolo Toure (knee) and Scott Sinclair (shoulder) looking likely absentees.
Indeed, the main pre-match questions are regarding caretaker manager Brian Kidd's selection plans, with the likes of Maicon, James Milner, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell and Edin Dzeko all vying for a starting berth.
Norwich have a similarly near-fully fit squad and thus could elect to select the same starting XI that dismantled West Brom last week. Michael Turner (groin) and Andrew Surman (knee) are expected to miss out again.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester City have won eight and draw one of their nine league matches played at the Etihad Stadium since their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on December 9.
- David Silva (pictured right) only has four goals and nine assists in the league so far this season, compared to six and 17 last year. He is 7/1 with bet365 to score first as City win.
- The Blues have scored 15 goals against Norwich in their three matches since the Canaries returned to the top flight last term.
- Norwich have only won one of their 18 matches on the road so far this season, coming against Swansea in December.
- But recorded their biggest winning margin in the division since 1993 with a 4-0 win over West Brom.
- The previous fixture between these two sides, which saw City triumph 4-3 on Carrow Road on December 29, saw Canaries' defender Russell Martin score two of his three goals of the season to date.
Top 3 Predictions
Manchester City 8-0 Norwich City
- 14.63 %
Manchester City 3-0 Norwich City
- 12.39 %
Manchester City 3-1 Norwich City
- 10.67 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||08-Feb-2014||Norwich City 0 - Manchester City 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||02-Nov-2013||Manchester City 7 - Norwich City 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||19-May-2013||Manchester City 2 - Norwich City 3|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||29-Dec-2012||Norwich City 3 - Manchester City 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||14-Apr-2012||Norwich City 1 - Manchester City 6|
|09-Mar-2014||Manchester City 1 - Wigan Athletic 2||FA|
|02-Mar-2014||Manchester City 3 - Sunderland 1||CCUP|
|22-Feb-2014||Manchester City 1 - Stoke 0||EPL|
|19-Feb-2014||Manchester City 0 - Barcelona 2||UCL|
|15-Feb-2014||Manchester City 2 - Chelsea FC 0||FA|
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