Manchester City vs Norwich City preview: De Bruyne an injury doubt ahead of first home game

By Ric Turner, Fri 20 August 2021 15:19

Manchester City vs Norwich City preview: De Bruyne an injury doubt ahead of first home gameBelgian midfielder missed training today and faces a late fitness test

Manchester City vs Norwich City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00 pm, Saturday 21st August 2021

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: H Lennard, S Long Fourth Official: P Bankes VAR: J Moss

Odds: City 1/10, Draw 10/1, Norwich 25/1

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Grealish, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Foden

Doubtful: Gundogan, De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: LL

Norwich City

Manager: Daniel Farke

Squad (from): Krul, Gunn, McGovern, Aarons, Byram, Gibson, Hanley, Mumba, Giannoulis, Omobamidele, Rupp, Gilmour, Dowell, Cantwell, Rashica, Sorensen, Lees-Melou, McLean, Hernandez, Tzolis, Pukki, Sargent, Idah

Injured: Byram, Placheta

Doubtful: Zimmermann, Hugill

Suspended: None

Form guide: L

Kevin De Bruyne is an injury doubt for the Blues ahead of the visit of Norwich City tomorrow. The Belgian midfielder was unable to train today and will face a late fitness test, according to manager Pep Guardiola. Ilkay Gundogan is available, however, after suffering an injury late on in the defeat at White Hart Lane, whilst Phil Foden is likely to be sidelined until after the international break.

Guardiola was full of praise for the visitors ahead of City's first home game of the season:

“Daniel is an exceptional manager. I always enjoy watching his teams play,” the boss declared in his pre-match press conference.

“I didn't see much last year but the year they were in the Premier League they didn’t get results but they played really well.

“They are a team that are going to try to play, with the movements of (Teemu) Pukki and the others.

“We are going to prepare to play a really good team. We are incredibly delighted to finally play at the Etihad with our people.

“I have a lot of respect for them, especially Daniel. Hopefully they will be at a good level.”

City won their last home league game against Norwich 5-0, with Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne (2), Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 37 of the 70 games played against Norwich, with 23 draws and 10 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Grealish, Gundogan, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Norwich 1