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Manchester City vs Norwich City: Preview, Team News and Analysis

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Matchday 2 of the Premier League will feature defending champions Manchester City take on the newly promoted Norwich City. This will be Manchester City’s first home game of the season.

When and Where To Watch

Manchester City vs Norwich City will be available to watch on Star Sports Select and Disney Hotstar. The fixture will kick off at 07:30 PM IST on Saturday.

Analysis

Manchester City has greatly struggled in the final third making their relentless pursuit for a striker more and more justified. The Citizens have failed to score in all of their last three competitive games.

Placing Ferran Torres to lead the line did not pay any dividends as the Spanish youngster looked out of sorts. Defensive lapses have also been a form of concern for Pep Guardiola with their recent goals all being potentially avoidable.

This match might be the perfect avenue for Manchester City to unleash and get into a rhythm. The probing concern that lies for the home side is the prospect of breaking down the packed deep defence line of the Canaries.

Norwich are expected to sit deep and mostly rely on counter-attacks at the Etihad. They will have to ward off constant threats, especially from the flanks if they hope to walk away even with a point.

Team News and Update

Manchester City

Manchester City vs Norwich City: Preview, Team News and Analysis

Manchester City won’t have Phil Foden for the fixture. The youngster is still recovering from an injury he suffered in Euros. However, Pep Guardiola should have Ilkay Gundogan at his disposal after the German International’s shoulder injury was not deemed to be serious.

A major shuffle in the back is expected as England Internationals Kyle Walker and John Stones are ready. Moreover, arguably Manchester City’s most promising prospect at left-back, Oleksandr Zinchenko might also feature.

Ferran Torres’ bleak outing against Spurs last weekend might force him to give way to a more natural striker, in the form of Gabriel Jesus. Kevin de Bruyne’s recovery means a possible return to the playing eleven.

Norwich City

Manchester City vs Norwich City: Preview, Team News and Analysis

Despite a promising start, Norwich City was left on the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline against Liverpool. A full-strength squad playing at home conceded once in the first half, and twice in the second half.

Onel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill, and Przemyslaw Placheta are all doubts about the fixture due to coronavirus restrictions. Key players Todd Cantwell, Teemu Pukki, and Billy Gilmour are all expected to feature for Daniel Farke’s side. Max Aarons, currently linked with Arsenal over a potential move, will start at right-back.

Expected lineup for Manchester City vs Norwich City

Manchester City probable starting lineup:

Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Grealish; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Norwich City probable starting lineup:

Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; Lees-Melou, Gilmour, Rupp; Cantwell, Pukki, Rashica

Key Players

Manchester City: Jack Grealish

The wily attacking midfielder will be key as he makes his home debut. His ability to create something off tight spaces will be an attribute of the utmost need. Moreover, his nature to draw fouls also bode well for the team, who are looking bleak in set-pieces as of late.

Norwich City: Grant Hanley

The Norwich skipper has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulder. Concentration would be key in order to keep the relentless City charge at bay. The centre-back will have to keep the line in shape and also be aware of the runs. Clearances and interceptions will be the norm during the afternoon fixture.

Head to Head Record Stats: Manchester City vs Norwich City:

Out of the 18 matches that these two teams have played in total, Manchester City has the upper hand having won 9 of those matches. 3 matches have ended in victory for Norwich City while the remaining 6 matches have been drawn.

The last time these two sides met in a Premier League season, they both traded a win apiece. Norwich City landed a historic 3-2 win at Carrow Road on the back of defensive blunders by Nicolas Otamendi and stellar performances by Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki. Manchester City returned the favour with a 5-0 thrashing on the final day of the Premier league as Norwich returned back to the Championship.

The12thMan Prediction: Manchester City vs Norwich City

Facing Liverpool in their first match of the season, Norwich City has been handed a cruel proposition. In addition, the Canaries will have to face the defending champions now.

Despite Manchester City’s woes in attack, they should wrap this fixture comfortably by a 2-0 margin. The hosts are bound to trouble the defence and create chances, it is up to the finishing of the side that will eventually determine the scoreline.

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