Norwich City vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 11 March 2016 14:35


Norwich City vs Manchester City previewYaya Toure misses out with heel injury, and is a doubt for midweek Champions League game

Norwich City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.45pm, Saturday 12th March 2016

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: A Halliday, S Burt Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: Norwich 5/1, Draw 3/1, City 4/7 at William Hill

Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk

TV: Sky Sports

Norwich City

Manager: Alex Neil

Squad (from): Kean, Rudd, Ruddy, Bassong, Bennett, Klose, Martin, Olsson, Pinto, Toffolo, Whittaker, Wisdom, Andreu, Brady, Dorrans, Hoolahan, Howson, Jarvis, Mulumbu, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe, Redmond, Bamford, Jerome, Lafferty, Mbokani, Naismith.

Injured: Tettey

Doubtful: Naismith, Brady, Bassong, Wisdom

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLDLL

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, A Garcia, M Garcia, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph, Toure

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLLLWD

Yaya Toure misses out with a heel injury, and is also a doubt for the midweek Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev. Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph remain absent, athough manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes to have a fully fit squad again following the international break.

Norwich have struggled under Alex Neil this season, and find themselves in a three way relegation battle with Newcastle United and Sunderland, but Pellegrini has warned his players not to underestimate the opposition.

“I always say when you must play a side that are fighting relegation it’s difficult, because they don’t have too much to lose. And they must win their points at home. We will find a difficult team there.”

“It’s very important because if we win the next two in Premier League games the pressure will be on others,” he said.

“For our team we must win if we want to be involved in the title. If we can qualify for the Champions League quarter finals that’s another achievement.

“I hope we’ll do it but for now we must just think about Norwich.”

City's last away league game at Carrow Road ended in a drab 0-0 draw, although the Blues won 3-0 there in an FA Cup in January. Overall City have won 36 of the 67 games played against Norwich, with 22 draws and 9 defeats.

Prediction: Norwich 1 City 2

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