Machester City will go head-to-head with Norwich on Saturday, 21 August, 2021 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Here are the predictions, preview, team news, betting tips and odds of the match.
Manchester City are looking to get off the mark this season as the Premier League champions host Norwich City this weekend. Man City need to put in a good performance in front of their own fans after losing their opening game of the season at Tottenham. Norwich lost 3-0 in their own backyard against Liverpool and will surely be dreading a trip to the reigning Premier League champions. The match is a part of Premier League 2021/22.
Manchester City vs Norwich: Date and Time
Manchester City vs Norwich City is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, August 21, 2021.
The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City vs Norwich: Match preview
Manchester City had a poor game against Tottenham, losing 1-0 to a super Heung-min Son goal. Man City were outplayed by the Spurs counterattacking tactics, looked rusty and far off the image of the championship winning team. They take on a newly promoted Norwich, a side who were thumped 3-0 by Liverpool, as Pep Guardiola and his team look to shrug off the loss against Tottenham and get back on track, to finally achieve the Quadruple dream, with the potential of the squad showing promises this time yet again.
Manchester City vs Norwich: Team news
Phil Foden remains out of action with the ankle injury which kept him out of the Euros final.
Ilkay Gundogan is a doubt after injuring his shoulder against Spurs, while Liam Delap is sidelined.
As for Norwich, Sam Byram and Przemyslaw Placheta are out. Onel Hernandez and Jordan Hugill could return after contracting Covid-19, providing they return negative tests of course, while Andrew Omobamidele may be back after tonsillitis.
Manchester City predicted line-up: Ederson - Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy - Gundogan, de Bruyne, D. Silva - Foden, Sterling, Jesus
Norwich City predicted line-up: Krul - Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis - Tettey, McLean - Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez - Pukki
Manchester City vs Norwich: Predictions
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Manchester City vs Norwich: 3-0
Man City targeting 100 goals
Having relinquished both the Premier League title and FA Cup this season, Manchester City’s domestic campaign has been fraught with disappointment in 2019/20, however, the Citizens still have one sizeable incentive to win on the campaign’s final day on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring City need to hit the net a minimum of three times to push through the 100-goal ceiling for the season, and the Citizens’ chances of becoming Premier League centurions for the third time look promising ahead of their clash with bottom club Norwich in Manchester.
Canaries looking towards next season
Already relegated Norwich City will be hoping to avoid the embarrassment of making a Premier League exit on the back of a drubbing on Sunday, though the Canaries chances of keeping the score down look slim.
With nine defeats on the spin and a total of just one goal scored during that miserable period, many Norwich supporters will be welcoming a return to the Championship where their team will be expected to compete closer to the top of the division.
Norwich face being gutted this summer before their 2020/21 campaign begins however, with Emiliano Buendia, Todd Cantwell, Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons all expected to fly the nest during the upcoming transfer window.
City to rack up the goals
The Citizens averaged a huge 3.8 goals per 90 minutes over their last five home fixtures, with big wins over Burnley (5-0), Liverpool (4-0) and Newcastle (5-0) helping to bump that average up.
City also hit five and four goals in away games at Brighton and Watford respectively, and with their star-studded forward line firmly in the groove, another glut of goals is anticipated on Sunday.
Norwich famously beat Man City 3-2 in the reverse league fixture between the clubs in September last year, and we expect Guardiola’s charges to exact a measure of revenge for that unexpected reverse on Sunday.
Manchester City vs Norwich: Betting tips
Man City Win-to-Nil
Man City have won three of their last five encounters with Norwich and have kept clean sheets in four of the duo's last six head-to-heads. When these two sides last locked Horns, Man City ran out 5-0 winners, and we're backing the hosts to win and keep a clean sheet once again on Saturday. Norwich lost 3-0 in their opening game of the season and will surely struggle to score against a strong Man City defence.
Man City to Win Both Halves and Over 2.5 Goals
Man City won both halves of their last game against Norwich. That game ended in a 5-0 win for Guardiola's men with goals from Jesus and De Bruyne putting the hosts 2-0 up at the break and second-half strikes from Sterling, Mahrez and De Bruyne wrapped up a comfortable victory. City will be looking to make up for their opening game defeat, and we're backing the hosts to win both halves and for over 2.5 goals to be scored during the 90-minutes.
Man City to Win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0
As for a final scoreline, we're expecting a big win for Man City, so we have gone with a multi correct score bet. Man City won 5-0 the last time the pair locked horns, and we believe a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 win could be on the cards this weekend. Norwich have conceded three goals in their last two games and Man City have scored four goals in two of their last four fixtures.
Man City vs Norwich City odds
Manchester City are 1/11 to win on Saturday, with Norwich 22/1 and the draw priced at 9/1.
(HIGHLIGHT) Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling
With six goals in his last four Premier League starts, Raheem Sterling is closing out his domestic campaign in style, and the England international looks a prime candidate to get among the goals again on Sunday.
Sterling needs just one more goal to bring his haul for the Premier League season up to 20, and the red-hot 25-year-old will back himself to breach to a Norwich outfit that holds the worst defensive record in the division.
It’s interesting to note that away day specialist Sterling bagged 14 of his 19 Premier League goals away from the Etihad this season, though we expect the flying winger to add some balance to that ratio on Sunday.
Where to live stream Manchester City vs Norwich
TV channel and live stream: The match will not be televised in the UK or shown online.
Fans can watch highlights on BBC Match of the Day at 10:30pm on Saturday evening on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer.
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