Manchester City travel to face Norwich on Saturday in Premier League action before a fraught period of the season begins.
Pep Guardiola’s men lie second in the standings, with just a single blemish to their name through the opening four matches – a 2-2 home draw against Tottenham in which they dominated.
Norwich, meanwhile, may only have three points to their credit but they have impressed critics with their adventure, although a lengthy injury list makes this Carrow Road clash a highly intimidating one for the newly promoted hosts.
|Game||Norwich vs Manchester City|
|Date||Saturday, September 14|
|Time||5:30pm BST / 12:30pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC / UNIVERSO||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go Extra|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Krul, Fahrmann, McGovern|
|Defenders||Byram, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis, Heise|
|Midfielders||Hernandez, Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, McLean, Amadou, Tettey|
|Forwards||Drmic, Pukki, Srbeny, Idah|
Norwich face the champions with several members of their squad missing out. They are without Max Aarons, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann in defence, while Grant Hanley is only fit enough for the bench. Ben Godfrey did pass a late fitness test, as did Tim Krul in goal.
Tom Trybull, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner are missing from the midfield and attacker Onel Hernandez is out.
Patrick Roberts cannot play against his parent club.
Norwich starting XI: Krul; Byram, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; McLean, Tettey; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki
|Position||Manchester City squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ederson, Bravo, Carson, Grimshaw|
|Defenders||Laporte, Stones, Otamendi, Walker, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Mendy, Angelino|
|Midfielders||De Bruyne, D. Silva, Gundogan, Rodri, Fernandinho, Foden|
|Forwards||Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, B. Silva|
Manchester City have been handed a setback with the news that Aymeric Laporte will not play again until early 2020, with Leroy Sane already a long-term absentee.
Kevin De Bruyne starts on the bench after playing 90 minutes for Belgium against Scotland on Monday.
Benjamin Mendy is back in training though he misses out on the squad, while Ilkay Gundogan starts after recovering from an illness.
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, D. Silva, B. Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Betting & Match Odds
Norwich are massive 22/1 outsiders to win this match with bet365. Manchester City, meanwhile, are 1/10 favourites and even a draw is a 10/1 outshot.
Manchester City travel to Carrow Road on Saturday in the latest leg of their Premier League title defence against Norwich.
Pep Guardiola’s side might only have 10 points from a possible 12, but they have been in exceptional form since the beginning of the campaign and will expect that to continue against an opponent that is crippled by injuries.
Nevertheless, matches immediately following international breaks are notoriously tricky affairs, particularly as the Champions League begins for the Citizens in midweek.
As such, Guardiola is wary not to take anything for granted as an important juncture of the season approaches.
“We have played four games, which is nothing. Now we start the real competition, we play Saturday, we travel to Ukraine Monday and play Wednesday, we land Thursday afternoon and Saturday we have the Premier League and then go to Preston,” he said.
“Of the next five games [in all competitions], four are away. Many things can happen, we have had two terrible injuries with Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte, so we will see.”
Norwich boss Daniel Farke does not need anyone to lecture him about how damaging injuries can be; his side could be without up to 11 players for this fixture.
“There were more lads today on the physio beds than out on the training pitch!” he lamented.
“It is definitely a tricky situation for us - we are playing one of the best teams in the world.
“Every lad in this dressing room is needed. There will be a few debuts... I will back my lads whatever happens.
“Manchester City are so special in their style, if you just try to park the bus, then you have no chance. Even if I wanted to park the bus, I have no more defensive players!”
If Norwich were to take anything from this fixture, it would be a remarkable achievement in the circumstances.