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MAN CITY PREVIEW

1 November 2013

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's trip to the Etihad

MANCHESTER CITY v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
Etihad Stadium
Saturday, November 2, 2013

THE Canaries make a swift return to Manchester to face City after losing 4-0 to United in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

While victory at Old Trafford hasn’t been tasted since 1989, Chris Hughton’s side have some much fresher, and happier, memories to call upon for their trip to the Etihad Stadium.

It was there where City rounded off last season in style by defeating the managerless Citizens 3-2 – a game most memorable for Jonny Howson’s remarkable solo effort that earned the Club’s Goal of the Season award.

Manuel Pellegrini has since taken over the hotseat at the former champions, but the Chilean has seen his team lose three of their opening nine games in the league this term, and they already sit six points behind leaders Arsenal.

The extraordinary depth of quality in their squad was demonstrated on Wednesday evening, however, when a second string saw off Newcastle United 2-0 after extra time to earn a Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.

Norwich have won only 10 of the 63 meetings between the two sides, with 33 victories for Manchester City and 20 draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Manchester City 2-3 NORWICH CITY 19/05/2013 – Premier League
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

LAST TIME AROUND… Manchester City 2-3 Norwich City, May 19 2013 – Premier League
The Canaries notched just their second away victory of the 2012/13 season – but they did it in some style with a 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

With Manchester City having sacked Roberto Mancini earlier in the week, there was vulnerability in the air and City exploited it in memorable fashion.

Anthony Pilkington got the ball rolling with the game’s opening goal, and after Jack Rodwell had equalised, Grant Holt re-established Norwich’s advantage – a strike that turned out to be his last for the Club.

Rodwell was on hand to even things up again, before Jonny Howson’s ran half the length of the pitch before subtlety finishing past Joe Hart to wrap up a brilliant three points.

Chris Hughton said after the final whistle: "The manner in which we achieved this win is most pleasing. You know Man City are going to have the bulk of possession but we did really well with the ball.

"We were always a threat and I don't think anyone who saw that would say we weren't worthy of what we got today.”

CITIZENS’ FORM…
W – 2-0 (AET) v Newcastle United (A) 30/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
L – 1-2 v Chelsea (A) 27/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v CSKA Moscow (A) 23/10/2013 – Champions League
W – 3-1 v West Ham United 19/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-1 v Everton 05/10/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
L – 0-4 v Manchester United (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
D – 0-0 v Cardiff City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Arsenal (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Chelsea (H) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Stoke City (A) 29/09/2013 – Premier League



LAST MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-4-2 v Newcastle United)…

Costel Pantilimon; Micah Richards (c), Dedrick Boyata, Joleon Lescott, Alexander Kolarov; Jesus Navas, Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia, James Milner; Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Manchester United)…
Mark Bunn; Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond; Wes Hoolahan; Johan Elmander.

REFEREE – Phil Dowd…
Staffordshire referee Phil Dowd will take charge of his tenth match of the season when he steps out at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Most recently, Dowd was in action at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

So far this campaign, Dowd has dished out 36 yellow cards and one red card.

His last Norwich City game was the Canaries’ 2-1 win over Sunderland at Carrow Road last December, while he last refereed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season for Manchester City 2-0 victory against Hull City.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Newcastle United v Chelsea (12.45)
Fulham v Manchester United
Hull City v Sunderland
MANCHESTER CITY v NORWICH CITY
Stoke City v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Liverpool (17.30)
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 13.30)
Cardiff City v Swansea City (Sunday, 16.00)


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