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  • December 3, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Norwich City

The leaders remain the only side yet to be beaten in the Premier League, and are currently on a run of 16 games undefeated at the Etihad Stadium in top-flight matches.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Yaya Toure, Barry, Silva
Balotelli, Aguero


NORWICH CITY
 
Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Morison

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini welcomes Mario Balotelli back into the the squad after the striker completed his one-match suspension. He should join Sergio Aguero in attack, as Edin Dzeko started the recent League Cup game against Arsenal. The Italian boss has no injury concerns at the moment.

Meanwhile, Paul Lambert has to make do without the services of James Vaughan and Elliott Ward, since the duo are sidelined with knee injuries. Ritchie De Laet (back) is a doubt for this encounter as he is reportedly yet to return to training following his injury.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester City is the only team yet to be beaten in the Premier League. Every other side has lost at least one game.
  • Along with Liverpool and Newcastle United, Roberto Mancini's men also have the best defensive record in the league, having let in only 12 goals in 13 matches.
  • The hosts have have not lost a single game in their last 16 league clashes at home. They are also on a run of 11 consecutive victories.
  • Norwich City last beat Man City back in 2001, with a 2-0 score result at Carrow Road.
  • If all matches ended at half-time the Canaries would be in sixth position in the league, as opposed to their current 10th place.
  • Paul Lambert's men have conceded 11 goals on their top-flight travels this season. In the top-half of the table, only Arsenal has shipped more.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
Players to Watch
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
John Ruddy
John Ruddy
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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