Premier League Preview: Norwich City - Manchester City

The Premier League champions have taken 14 points in their last eight games - the same amount as their next opponents - and they face a seven-point deficit to rival Man United.


Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Tettey, Johnson

Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington

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

Norwich has no new injury worries after their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Boxing Day and is likely field an unchanged side for the visit of Manchester City to Carrow Road.

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

Manchester City has 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 assistant David Platt revealed he is still feeling the effects of an illness, but Carlos Tevez (illness) "should" be fit in time according to Platt.

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

  • Norwich City has the eighth-best Premier League home form this season.
  • The Canaries have the same record as Manchester City over the last eight games, with both teams winning four, drawing twice and losing twice.
  • Chris Hughton's side, however, has lost its last two games.
  • Both teams have scored first in 47.3 percent 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 has only failed to score in three of its 19 Premier League games this season -- including the 1-0 Boxing Day loss to Sunderland.