The Canaries head into the match after an eye-catching and deserved win at fourth-placed Tottenham, while Roberto Mancini's side hopes to maintain its title challenge.
Drury, R Bennett, Ward, Martin
Pilkington, Hoolahan, Howson, E Bennett
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) required surgery while Marc Tierney (groin) aggravated his injury and remains out for Norwich City.
Manchester City has 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 Oct. 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 favor back in December. Having scored five or more goals on three previous occasions this campaign, the north west side has 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 it is 10th heading into the clash. City, on the other hand, was five points clear at the top of the table but now Manchester United sits five points clear of it.
- Despite their starkly different league positions, both sides have taken eight points from their last six matches in the division.
- Five of the Blues' last 40 goals in the top flight have come away from home.