Pep Guardiola looks to keep Manchester City’s unbeaten record intact when his team taken on Norwich City at Carrow Road this weekend. City have a stupendous record against newly promoted teams with 14 wins and 4 draws from 18 encounters. It has so far been plain sailing for City in these first few weeks of the season. Apart from the game against Spurs, City have been demolishing their opponents with ease.
Norwich have a poor record against the top teams and they head into the game amidst a sea of negativity surrounding the club. Daniel Farke’s men have not had the easy start to a season that any newly promoted team likes. The Canaries have already faced Liverpool and Chelsea. Still, there have been some decent performances along the way and players like Teemu Pukki have shown that there are goals within the team.
Pukki will be the biggest threat for Norwich, but City are unlikely to give any special attention to the Finn. This is the first season in the Premier League for the striker who finished as the top scorer in the Championship. Still, a return of five goals in just four league outings demands a lot of respect.
City, meanwhile, have goals throughout the team. Yet, the names Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are enough to cause a flutter or two in any team. The two players have secured a combined 11 goals already. Even though the threat becomes clear for the opposition, it may be difficult to stop this duo considering the intelligent movement. Norwich also have trouble in terms of keeping out the opposition. The team are without a clean sheet in the last 11 games – a record that stretches to the previous campaign.
Incredibly, Norwich were able to get two goalless draws in the recent meetings with City. Both of the recent games between these outfits at Carrow Road have finished as stalemates, but one can be sure that this game will be anything but a low scoring encounter. An upset in this encounter would be Norwich’s 10thwin over City, but it is highly unlikely given the vast gulf between the two teams.
All of the league games involving City this season have ended up with over 3.5 goals. In fact, City have scored less than 2.5 goals only once this season. Against a defence that has conceded 10 goals in the four league games, it would be unfair to expect anything other than a low scoring game. The best bet for the game would be over 3.5 goals.
Manchester City – Guardiola has a few players returning back from injuries. John Stones and Benjamin Mendy come back to the team after having recovered from their injuries sufficiently. They increase the options for the manager at a time when games are coming thick and fast.
Norwich City – Tim Klose and Christoph Zimmermann are both unavailable for the game. Grant Hanley is doubtful for the game, but the availability of Ibrahim Amadou. Tom Trybull is unavailable due to an ankle injury.