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MAN CITY PREVIEW

6 February 2014

Canaries welcome the Citizens to Carrow Road

NORWICH CITY v MANCHESTER CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
Carrow Road
Saturday February 8, 2014

CHRIS Hughton knows the Norwich City supporters will have a big role to play if his side are to get a result against high-flying Manchester City this weekend.

“We know that we'll have a fantastic crowd behind us - we have to give them a performance to cheer about,” said the Canaries’ boss when speaking to the media on Thursday.

That was certainly the case in this fixture last season, when City fell just short of completing a miraculous comeback at Carrow Road, eventually losing 4-3.

The last of Norwich’s ten victories over the Citizens came later that campaign, however, when a Jonny Howson-inspired Canaries team stormed to a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium on the last day of the season.

Manchester City’s number of wins in this fixture – 28 – leaves them comfortably leading the head-to-head record, but their confidence will have been knocked by defeat against Chelsea last Monday and the continued absence of leading frontman Sergio Aguero.

Hughton has his own injury concerns though, with Ryan Bennett set to undergo a late fitness test on a thigh injury to determine his availability for the game, while Howson and Michael Turner remain on the sidelines.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Manchester City 7-0 NORWICH CITY 02/11/2013 – Premier League
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

LAST TIME AROUND… Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City, November 2 2013 – Premier League…
The Canaries felt the full force of Manchester City’s attacking prowess as they were beaten 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium in November.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side underlined their title credentials thanks to strikes from David Silva, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, plus own goals from Bradley Johnson and Russell Martin.

The result left Norwich City languishing in the Premier League relegation zone with eight points from their opening ten games.

Chris Hughton said afterwards: “It is hurting at this moment. We have let down the supporters who have travelled to Manchester.

"We knew the quality they had and they showed that today, but you have to be resilient and you cannot concede the goals we did. By our standards they were too soft, except the Yaya Toure free-kick and one that was offside.

"I hope it is a one-off but there have been a couple of games of late where we have conceded goals. We need to address it as soon as possible."

CANARIES’ FORM…
L – 1-2 v Cardiff City (A) 01/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Newcastle United (H) 28/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Hull City (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Fulham (A) 14/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round Replay
L – 0-2 v Everton (A) 11/01/2014 – Premier League

CITIZENS’ FORM…
L – 0-1 v Chelsea (H) 03/02/2014 – Premier League
W – 5-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 29/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 4-2 v Watford (H) 25/01/2014 – FA Cup Fourth Round
W – 3-0 v West Ham United (A) 21/01/2014 – Capital One Cup Semi-Final Leg 2
W – 4-2 v Cardiff City (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Cardiff City)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Alex Tettey, Bradley Johnson, Jonas Gutierrez; Johan Elmander; Gary Hooper.

LAST MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-4-2 v Chelsea)…
Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Matija Nastasic, Alexsandar Kolarov; David Silva, Yaya Toure, Martin Demichelis, Jesus Navas; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko.

REFEREE – Jonathan Moss…
West Yorkshire official Jonathan Moss will lead the teams out on Saturday afternoon for his third visit to Norfolk this season.

His most recent outing at Carrow Road was on Boxing Day for the 2-1 defeat to Fulham, while he was also referee for the Canaries’ 3-1 triumph over West Ham United in November.

Moss’ most recent assignment was Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win over Preston North End in their FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Deepdale on Wednesday evening.

In his 24 matches this season, he has given out 78 yellow cards and two red cards – to Crystal Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi and Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho.

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

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