Carrow Road - Premier League
Premier League champions Manchester City return to action after the international break with a trip to Carrow Road to face newly-promoted Norwich City. The Canaries have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of on their return to the top flight, but it doesn’t get much tougher than this.
Norwich got a point against City the last time the teams met, courtesy of a goalless draw in the Premier League in March 2016. That was in City’s pre-Guardiola days though, but the Blues did beat the Canaries twice in that season, including a 3-0 FA Cup victory at Carrow Road.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke is hopeful that his captain Grant Hanley is fit for this difficult assignment following a muscular injury. Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann are all out though, while Tom Trybull is out until late October with an ankle ligament problem.
Pep Guardiola meanwhile has problems at the back, with Aymeric Laporte out for months after undergoing knee surgery. John Stones and Fernandinho are in a race to be fit in order to partner Nicolas Otamendi in central defence, while left-back Benjamin Mendy is set to miss out. Ilkay Gundogan could be available, but fellow German Leroy Sane is a long-term absentee.
Norwich v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
While Manchester City’s only blemish on their record so far this season is their 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham, Norwich City have only managed to avoid defeat once. This one has an away win written all over it, but the Canaries have shown they can play some nice stuff and mix it with the big boys.
They don’t come any bigger than back-to-back Premier League champions City though, who look ominously good once again at the start of this new campaign. The home fans will hope Finnish sensation Teemu Pukki can come up with another big performance, after netting five goals in his first four Premier League matches, but even if he does, the Blues still have so much firepower of their own.
Attack could be the best form of defence for the visitors, especially if Norwich stay true to their footballing philosophy and try to take the game to the Citizens. The Blues can break with searing pace or build slowly at ease, giving them different ways to hurt any opponent.
That translates into betting odds that are heavily stacked in the away team’s favour, with Guardiola’s side the 1/7 favourites to pick up the win. After pushing Chelsea all the way in their last home game, Norwich are 14/1 to pull off a massive shock this weekend by beating the champions, while the draw’s available at 7/1.
Man City to win and BTTS at 11/10
Norwich carry a solid attacking threat with Pukki in their ranks, but the Blues are fully expected to make it four wins from five this weekend.
Man City to win and over 4.5 goals at 8/5
This bet would’ve paid out in Norwich’s last home game as they lost 3-2 to Chelsea, while City are always capable of running up a cricket score.