A look ahead to Saturday's Carrow Road clash
THE festive fixture schedule continues for Norwich City on Saturday as they take on Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City at Carrow Road in another tricky test.
After two narrow defeats to West Brom and Chelsea in recent games, Chris Hughton’s side will be keen to bounce back by taking something from the game against Roberto Mancini’s expensively assembled side.
Despite losing 1-0 to the Blues on Boxing Day, City performed well in a tight match, and will need more of the same defensively as they tackle a Manchester City side looking to bounce back themselves following a 1-0 loss to Sunderland.
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CITY: John Ruddy is the only long-term absentee for City with a thigh injury set to keep him out until March. Steven Whittaker is a doubt as he battles with a niggling hip injury, whilst Andrew Surman may also miss out as he recovers from a knee knock.
MAN CITY: French midfielder Samir Nasri (groin) could return for the champions, as could striker Mario Balotelli (illness). Gael Clichy (knock) may return, but Aleksandar Kolarov (hip), Micah Richards (knee), and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) look set to miss the clash.
LAST LINE UPS:
CITY v Chelsea
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Vincent KOMPANY (c),
The 48-year-old Italian was appointed Manchester City manager in December 2009, having previously had spells in charge of Fiorentina, Lazio, and Inter Milan. As a player, the attacking midfielder spent the majority of his career at Sampdoria, where he won one Serie A title, four Coppa Italia’s, and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. He also won six major trophies at Lazio, including another Serie A title before ending his playing career in the Premier League with Leicester City. Mancini’s crowning achievement to date in his managerial career was winning the 2011-12 title in dramatic fashion with Man City – something the club are pushing to repeat this season.
The 24-year-old Argentinian wrote himself into Manchester City legend by scoring the goal that secured the team a first league title for 44 years against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of last season. With eight goals this campaign, the highly-rated striker is in form and will certainly be one-to-watch on Saturday. He joined Man City for a massive £38M in the summer of 2011 from Atletico Madrid, whom he joined from Independiente in his native Argentina. Aguero has 41 caps and 16 goals for Argentina’s national side.
Norwich City v Manchester City
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The last time City secured a home win against Man City was back in the 2001-02 season, when goals from Marc Libbra and Paul McVeigh saw City to a 2-0 victory. With 32 wins to City’s nine, the champions have a superior head-to-head record. There have also been 20 draws between the two sides. Last season Steve Morison and Andrew Surman were on the scoresheet for City against Mancini’s men.
TOP LEAGUE SCORERS:
CITY: Grant Holt, Robert Snodgrass – Four league goals
MANCHESTER CITY: Carlos Tevez – Seven league goals
MOST LEAGUE STARTS:
CITY: Bradley Johnson – 19 league starts
MANCHESTER CITY: Joe Hart, Yaya Toure – 19 league starts
Chester-based official Mike Jones will be in charge for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City – the third time he has taken charge of a Norwich game this season after being the man-in-the-middle for City’s games against Liverpool and Everton. He has yet to referee a Man City game this term, but last season sent off Gareth Barry in the visitors’ 3-0 win over Liverpool, and also showed a red to City’s John Ruddy in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. Jones has issued 51 yellows and 1 red in 17 games this season.