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MAN CITY PREVIEW

17 May 2013

A look ahead to the Canaries' final game of the season

MANCHESTER CITY v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
4pm kick-off
Etihad Stadium
Sunday, May 19, 2013

THE CANARIES travel to Manchester City with the weight of pressure off their shoulders having secured their Premier League status with last week’s rampant 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion.

Instead Chris Hughton’s side will be looking up the table – a rare victory in Manchester could see City finish as high as tenth, although two wins away to the Citizens in the Club’s history point to the difficulty of that task.

Last year’s champions responded professionally to the sacking of their manager Roberto Mancini with a routine 2-0 win over Reading midweek, and have only lost once at home in the league all season.

Norwich will donning next year new home kit, as unveiled on Tuesday, and will be hoping it brings them the fortune to finish the campaign on a high.

TEAM NEWS…
Hughton confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Michael Turner’s groin injury will keep him out of the trip to Manchester.

“He had a couple of days training before the last game but he didn’t quite make it,” said City’s boss.

“We’ve ruled him out, and for him now it’s about making sure he has a good summer and starts from scratch come pre-season.”

City’s only other long-term absentee in midfielder Andrew Surman (knee).

MOST RECENT MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 3-4 Manchester City 29/12/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-6 Manchester City 14/04/2012 – Premier League
Manchester City 5-1 NORWICH CITY 03/12/2011 – Premier League
Manchester City 1-0 NORWICH CITY 25/09/2007 – League Cup
NORWICH CITY 2-3 Manchester City 28/02/2005 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 3-4 Manchester City 29/12/2012 – Premier League
The two sides were involved in a seven-goal thriller when they last met at Carrow Road over the festive period, with then-champions Manchester City coming out on top 4-3.

That was despite them having midfielder Samir Nasri sent off, with strikes from Edin Dzeko (2), Sergio Aguero and a Mark Bunn own goal enough to secure the three points.

Norwich’s goals came through Anthony Pilkington and Russell Martin (2), with the defeat leaving the Canaries on 25 points in mid-table – then level with Liverpool.

Chris Hughton said afterwards: “Manchester City showed why they spend the amount of money they do for the offensive players they have, but you can't be 2-0 down so early on and expect to have a good day.

“However, we displayed great character and certainly at 4-3 it seemed it might be going our way, but again they showed real good quality.

"I cannot fault the endeavour of the players we have got, so now we will look to go again."

CITIZENS FORM…
W – 2-0 v Reading (A) 14/05/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Wigan Athletic (N) 11/05/2013 – FA Cup Final
W – 1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 07/05/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Swansea City (A) 04/05/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v West Ham United (H) 27/04/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
W – 4-0 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 12/05/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Aston  Villa (H) 04/05/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Stoke City (A) 27/04/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Reading (H) 20/04/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Arsenal (A) 13/04/2013 – Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v West Bromwich Albion)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Javier Garrido; Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson; Robert Snodgrass, Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington; Grant Holt (c).

LAST MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v Reading)…
Joe Hart; Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure (c), Gareth Barry; James Milner, Sergio Aguero, David Silva; Carlos Tevez.

REFEREE – MARK HALSEY…
Mark Halsey will take charge of his final professional match at the Etihad Stadium on Friday afternoon as he calls time on his career.

The Lancashire official will take up his new role as an expert on BT Sport’s coverage of Premier League football from next season.

This will be his second Norwich City game of the year – he sent off Tom Huddlestone in the Canaries’ credible 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in September.

His most recent assignment was Liverpool 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage against Fulham last Sunday.

This season, he has given out 61 yellow cards and three red cards in his 29 games.

ELSEWHERE…
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Southampton v Stoke City
Swansea City v Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
West Ham United v Reading
Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa



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