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Norwich City Vs Manchester City Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts, Highlights and More

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Norwich City

Manager Chris Hughton has no new injury concerns. Defender Steven Whittaker will miss out with an ongoing hip injury with Andrew Surman also unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a knee problem. Ryan Bennett is back in contention after returning to the bench against Chelsea on Boxing Day, while John Ruddy (thigh) is the only long-term absentee for the Canaries.

Norwich (from): Bunn, Rudd, Turner, Bassong, Martin, Barnett, R Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Surman, E Bennett, Hoolahan, Holt, Morison, Jackson, Kane.

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt: “Unfortunately all our strikers are suffering a barren spell at the same time.”

Midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring) could return and defender Gael Clichy has also recovered from a knock. Striker Carlos Tevez is available after taking a day off training due to illness and right-back Pablo Zabaleta’s cut head is not a problem, but forward Mario Balotelli (virus) remains a doubt. Full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are still out along with the long-term casualties of defender Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring).

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Rekik, Nasri, Milner, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Razak.

Match officials

Referee: Mike Jones; Assistants: S Ledger, M McDonough; Fourth official: C Pawson.

SOURCE: Official Premier League

LINE-UPS

NORWICH

Bunn
Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Tettey, Johnson
Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington
Holt

MANCHESTER CITY

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

STAT-ATTACK

Head-to-head

Manchester City did the double over Norwich last season, winning 5-1 at home and 6-1 away. Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road while Sergio Aguero scored three over the two games.

City have won three of the four Premier League meetings between the sides (W3, D1).

Norwich

Norwich have won five of their last six home league matches. Only the two Manchester sides and West Brom have won more than five this season.

After defeats to West Brom and Chelsea, the Canaries are in danger of losing three in a row for the second time this season. They lost consecutive matches to Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea in September-October.

Norwich are three points better off than they were at this stage last season, although they are one place lower in the league (11th).

Manchester City

On the last nine occasions that Manchester City have lost a Premier League match, they have bounced straight back with a win. They haven’t lost two in a row in the league since October 2010, when beaten by Arsenal and Wolves.
City have six points fewer than they did after 19 games last season – although they have lost the same number of games (two).

In a league table based on December results, City would be 10th.

SOURCE: BBC Sport


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