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  • May 19, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 47054
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Silva, Barry, Yaya Toure, Nasri
Aguero, Dzeko

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
 Holt


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.
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
3Steven WhittakerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
25David FoxMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
19Jacob ButterfieldDefender
19Luciano BecchioStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sergio Aguero has 17 goals to his name this season, a fine tally but when compared with the 30 he scored last campaign, he is perhaps symptomatic of the malaise that has engulfed City this season. However, even in lacklustre form, he remains one of the best strikers in the league and judging by his excellent goal at Reading the other night, Norwich should certainly be wary.
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 32-year-old has only scored seven league goals this season compared to 15 last term, and has been criticised by some for his performances. However, with two goals in his last two matches, Holt has looked somewhere near the form that terorrised defences last season and, with the imminent arrival of Ricky van Wolfswinkel at Carrow Road, he will be keen to end the season well and retain his place in Chris Hughton's starting line-up.
Prediction
Manchester City have been imperious at home since their crucial Manchester derby defeat back in December and, with the shackles off, will surely have far too much for Norwich. The hosts certainly showed no signs of a regression following the sacking of Roberto Mancini against Reading and up against a Norwich side that has not won away from home in 2013, it is difficult to see anything other than a comfortable home success to see out the season.
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