A faint memory of this humiliating loss that City faced when both these teams met in the earlier half of the 2019-20 Premier League season, will be running through every City fans head. As both of the teams enter this match on the back of a defeat, they will have a point to prove. Guardiola’s men will be looking to bounce back and show they are capable of challenging for the league whereas Norwich will want to show the big guns of England that they won’t go down without a fight.
The Sky Blues has had an impressive record against the Canaries in the Premier League era. Both sides have faced each other 18 times in which City have emerged victorious 9 times as compared to Norwich’s 3. Manchester City won their last three home Premier League games against Norwich City by an aggregate score of 14-1, winning 5-0 in the most recent league meeting at the Etihad in July 2020. With only 7 clean sheets in 18 games between these two, goals are expected.
After losing the Community Shield to Leicester City and their opening clash to Tottenham within one week, Guardiola will be tactically drilling his team to bounce back and show a strong, champion’s mentality. They will be looking to get their best eleven back on the field and play the beautiful football City is known for. Norwich City travels to the Etihad this weekend looking to avoid a 12th successive defeat in the Premier League – a tough ask considering the reigning Premier League champions who have won more games (73) and more points (232) than any other team in the competition since Pep Guardiola’s arrival.
With a rather quiet evening for the Cityzens against Spurs, we didn’t get to see many of City’s key players perform. With Kevin De Bruyne a doubt for the clash, all eyes will turn to Jack Grealish with an expectation from him to make a mark on the proceedings. Other players to keep an eye on will be the returning parties of the City team, namely, Stones, Zinchenko and Walker.
Norwich will be hoping to learn from their faults in their match against Liverpool. Pukki had an underwhelming performance in that match and will be hoping to penetrate the City backline and imitate the goal-scoring run he went on in the 20119/20 PL season. Another player to watch will be Todd Cantwell. He had an industrious game but couldn’t provide the service to the forwards through the immense Liverpool backline. He will be hoping to make a difference in midfield against City.
Will this match be a rousing City performance in retaliation for 2 consecutive defeats in their first home game of the season at the Etihad? Or will this match be the end of Norwich’s losing streak and a display of Daniel Farke’s possession play?
This match is up for grabs but City is a heavy favourite for this one. My prediction is City 3 – 0 Norwich.