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Match Previews

Match Preview: Norwich City v Manchester City

12 September 2019

Norwich City host Premier League champions Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday (5.30pm KO) following the end of the international break.

Prior to the two-week break, in which plenty of players from both sides represented their nations, the Canaries were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United. As for Man City, they continued their bright start to the 2019-20 campaign with a 4-0 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Our preview of the game looks at the opposition in more detail (including insight from The Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee), who will be officiating the match, information for supporters and more:

The opposition

During his tenure at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has helped transform the Citizens into one of the most impressive teams in Premier League history, winning the division in two of his three full seasons at the club, not to mention two League Cups, one FA Cup, and two Community Shields.

This season, they’ve showed no signs of slowing down, having won three out of the opening four league fixtures and drawn against Tottenham Hotspur. Those results put them in second place behind Liverpool, the only team to have maximum points, ahead of this weekend.

Manchester City’s transfer business over the summer indicates that they’re serious about competing in the Champions League as well, with the group stages getting underway next week. They spent £62.8 million on signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid, as well as £60 million on Joao Cancelo from Juventus.

Sergio Aguero has once again been thriving in Guardiola’s squad, with his six goals this season making him the only player to have scored more than Norwich’s Teemu Pukki, who shares second place in the race for the Golden Boot with Raheem Sterling (both having scored five goals).

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Experienced defender Aymeric Laporte will miss this weekend’s game through injury, after he was stretchered off in his side’s win at Brighton two weeks ago. canaries.co.uk caught up with The Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee to discuss the significance of Laporte’s omission from the squad:

“They were already short in that area with only three senior centre-backs plus Fernandinho, who they’ll use there. Laporte was the best and most consistent of those options.

“They’ve got John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi who can come in and add different qualities for each game, but I do think in the short-term they’ll be able to cover for him.”

To read the full interview, click here.

Last time they met

Guardiola was still at Bayern Munich the last time Norwich faced Man City. Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of the latter when the Premier League game took place on March 12, 2016, with Alex Neil’s Canaries holding on for a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road on that day.

The last time Norwich beat Man City was on the final day of the 2012-13 season at the Etihad Stadium on May 19, 2013, when equalising goals from Anthony Pilkington and Grant Holt, as well as a winner from Jonny Howson were enough to cancel out a Jack Rodwell brace, giving the Canaries a 3-2 win.

Norwich, then managed by Chris Hughton, finished in 11th place in the top flight that year, while Man City occupied the runners-up spot, nine points adrift of winners Manchester United.

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Ref watch

Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle for Saturday evening’s fixture. Friend has overseen three Premier League games so far this season, handing out 14 yellow cards and two red cards (given to Brighton & Hove Albion’s Florin Andone and Aston Villa’s Trezeguet) overall.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game in 2016, when the Canaries fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur on February 2.

For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Matthew Wilkes and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Peter Bankes the fourth official. Anthony Taylor and Gary Beswick will be overseeing VAR.

Info for supporters

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans now have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 3.30pm.

Supporter group Along Come Norwich are hosting a pre-match event in the Russell Allison Lounge at Carrow Road from 2pm. Tickets are priced at £5 and include a free pint of beer, courtesy of Club partner Woodforde's Brewery. To find out more and purchase your ticket, click here

For regular visitors to Carrow Road, there have been a number of exciting changes at the stadium over the summer. Head here to find out more.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone at Carrow Park will be open between 3pm and 5pm.

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Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our new matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast begins at 12pm on Saturday and will feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

To subscribe, CLICK HERE.

For UK-based supporters, the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

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Match Reports

Canaries stun Manchester City to win 3-2

14 September 2019

An outstanding performance from the Canaries saw City beat Premier League champions 3-2 in a wonderful game at Carrow Road.

Kenny McLean opened the scoring for City from a corner after 18 minutes and Todd Cantwell doubled Norwich's lead with a brilliantly-worked move 10 minutes later. Sergio Ageuro pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time but Teemu Pukki restored the Canaries' two goal cushion shortly after the break after a huge mix-up in the visitors' defence. Rodrigo fired in from distance from 88 minutes to set up a franatic last five minutes but Norwich held firm to pick up a stunning second win of the season. 

Daniel Farke reacted to his sobering injury list by making four changes to City’s last Premier League outing at the London Stadium. Ibrahim Amadou made his first league start for the Canaries, playing at centre-back alongside Ben Godfrey, who had shaken off a groin strain picked up on England U21 duty. Sam Byram was awarded his first Premier League start since March 2018 at the expense of the injured Max Aarons, who suffered ankle problems making a goal-saving tackle for England Under-21. In the middle of the park, Alex Tettey – named as captain – was brought in for his first start of the season (and his 73rd Premier League appearance) alongside Kenny McLean, replacing the injured Tom Trybull and Moritz Leitner. Mario Vrancic had also been ruled out with injury.

Farke was forced to name two goalkeepers on the bench. Among the seven was Adam Idah, who took his place on the bench for the first time, and a returning Grant Hanley.

Pep Guardiola reacted to Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury by bringing in John Stones into the hear of defence. Elsewhere, Kevin de Bryune was rotated to the bench, but Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero all started.

Manchester City, in a 4-3-3, forced an early corner that tall midfielder Rodrigo looped straight at Tim Krul.

The first 10 minutes saw the visitors see plenty of the ball, as expected, with Norwich looking to attack quickly towards the River End. Marco Stiepermann showed a sudden burst of pace on hallway to skip away from two men and slide Teemu Pukki through, but the Finn couldn’t gather.

Norwich started playing with more confidence and moved the ball around well, with Emi Buendia and Stiepermann causing problems. On 18 minutes a slick move from left to right resulted in a Tettey cross being deflected behind for a corner.

Buendia’s delivery was pinpoint to the near post and McLean crashed home a header into the top corner to put City 1-0 up against the champions.

The visitors hit back strongly, but Norwich’s were defending their box well. Sterling chanced his arm with a curling effort that went well wide, before he picked out Aguero at the back post but he headed a tricky chance over the bar.

Aguero was made to pay a minute later when Cantwell doubled City’s lead. Buendia showed outrageous ability to flick the ball over his man before setting Stiepermann away. He slid through Pukki, who showed great pace to get ahead of Nicolas Otamendi before unselfishly squaring it to Cantwell, who rolled the ball home.

Two minutes later City’s lead was almost halved when Sterling, left unmarked, headed a good chance against the post.

On 35 minutes, City were adamant they should have had a penalty when Stones handballed from a corner. However he had very little time to react from a deflection, and it was deemed accidental.

Manchester City were camped around Norwich’s box for the final 10 minutes, and although they weren’t creating chances, Aguero took advantage of their one clear-cut opening on the stroke of half-time. Ilkay Gundogan swung in a cross from the left and Aguero found space between Godfrey and Amadou to head past Krul, who had no chance.

A minute later referee Kevin Friend blew for the end of a frantic first-half.

Manchester City started the second half on the front foot but it was Norwich who had the first chance, on 49 minutes. Pukki closed sown Otamendi on halfway and the ball rebounded to Stiepermann who played a first-time pass back to Pukki. He raced through on the left but sent his shot wide of Ederson’s far post.

The visitors’ backline didn’t learn from that however, and a minute later Otamendi was dawdling on the ball in his own area from a goalkick. Buendia sensed the opportunity, robbed him on the blindside and rolled the ball across the area for Pukki to stab high into the net to send the Norwich fans wild.

On 59 minutes Guardiola rolled the dice with a double substitution. De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus entered the fray, replacing David Silva and Gundogan. It seemed to make an immediate difference, as Manchester City camped in Norwich’s half. But the Canaries here holding form as De Bruyne whipped in first-time cross after first-time cross. One of his corners on 68 minutes found the head of Otamendi but he headed straight at Krul.

As City looked to have weathered a 15-minute storm, Guardiola made his final substitution, bringing on Riyad Mahrez for Silva.

With Norwich seeing more possession, Manchester City hit the hosts on the break and almost pulled one back with 12 minutes to go. Sterling chipped a cross into the middle from the left, and Aguero looped his header over the bar when he should have done better.

With eight minutes remaining Norwich made their first chance, with Josip Drmic replacing the outstanding Buendia. 

Just two minutes remained when Rodrigo struck a sweet drive into the bottom corner from 20 minutes to set up a nervy last five minutes. The Premier League champions threw everything forward, but Krul made three good saves from shots straight at him and City held firm to pull off a brilliant victory. 

Norwich: Krul, Byram, Godfrey, Lewis, Cantwell, Buendia (Drmic, 83), Stiepermann (Srbeny, 89), Pukki, McLean, Amadou, Tettey (c)
Subs not used: Fährmann (GK), McGovern (GK), Hanley, Heise, Idah
Goals: McLean (18), Cantwell (28), Pukki (50)
Bookings: Byram (45+2), McLean (64), Cantwell (87)

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Sterling, Gundogan (De Bruyne, 57), Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva (Mahrez, 73), David Silva (Jesus, 57), Otamendi
Subs not used: Bravo, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Foden
Goals: Aguero (45), Rodrigo (88)
Bookings: Bernardo Silva (69)

Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick-off time: 5.30pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 27,035
HT: 2-1

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