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Premier League

  • December 3, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 47201

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Norwich

The leaders remain the only side yet to be beaten in the EPL, and are currently on a run of 16 games without loss at the Etihad Stadium



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

Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington

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 further 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 their respective knee injuries. Ritchie De Laet (back) is a doubt for this encounter as he is reportedly yet to return to training following his injury.


  • Manchester City are the only team yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season.
  • Along with Liverpool and Newcastle United, Roberto Mancini's men also have the best defensive record in the league; they have let in only 12 goals in 13 matches.
  • The hosts 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 these opponents back in 2001, with a 2-0 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 have shipped more.
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Players to watch

M. Balotelli

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Italian is returning from a suspension and may be given a start, and he will be looking to make amends for the red card he received against Liverpool.

J. Ruddy

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The goalkeeper will have to be on his toes since City have scored more goals than any other team in the Premier League. The shot-stopper's performance, coupled with that of the back line, will be paramount if the underdogs are to stand any chance of snatching a point off the league leaders.

Editor's Prediction

City's home form is exemplary, and while Norwich have made a confident return to the top flight, firepower from the likes of Aguero and Balotelli is likely to be too much for them to handle, ensuring another Etihad win for Roberto Mancini's men.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Norwich City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
4 - 0
Norwich City FC NOR
Manchester City FC MCI
3 - 0
Norwich City FC NOR
Manchester City FC MCI
3 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR