Manchester City vs Norwich City preview

By Ric Turner, Sat 31 October 2015 09:42


Manchester City vs Norwich City previewPablo Zabaleta misses out with knee injury

Manchester City vs Norwich City

Date: 15.00pm, Saturday 31st October 2015

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Robert Madley Assistants: M McDonough, M Wilkes Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: City 2/7, Draw 5/1, Norwich City 10/1. Click here for details of a special offer to get 5/1 for City to beat Norwich!

Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Maffeo, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, De Bruyne, Garcia, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Sterling, Toure, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Clichy, Delph, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Zabaleta

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWLLW

Norwich City

Manager: Alex Neil

Squad (from): Kean, Rudd, Ruddy, Bassong, Bennett, Martin, Olsson, Toffolo, Whittaker, Wisdom, Brady, Dorrans, Hoolahan, Howson, Jarvis, Mulumbu, O'Neil, Redmond, Tettey, Grabban, Hooper, Jerome, Lafferty

Injured: Wisdom,

Doubtful: Mbokani

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLDDW

Pablo Zabaleta is the latest name to be added to City's injury list, after suffering medial ligament damage to his knee during the Capital One Cup victory against Crystal Palace in midweek. Bacary Sagna will once again deputise.

According to manager Manuel Pellegrini: “Pablo has the same injury in his medial ligament – it’s not so bad as the first one he had.

“We soon have the international break so he should be fit after that - in 25 days he will be ready.

“David [Silva] is not in the squad list for the weekend as he still has some pain in his ankle. He’s not available. We’ll see if he’s available for midweek. We have three more days and we’ll decide then.

“Sergio is continuing his treatment – it’s different to David as it’s a muscle injury so he needs the amount of days he needs to be fit.

“Gael and Fabian should hopefully be OK next week - I hope after the international break we will have everyone fit.”

Prediction: City 3 Norwich 1

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