Tickets: Sold Out
Last Season: 1-6
Referee: Mike Jones; Assistants: S Ledger, M McDonough; Fourth official: C Pawson.
NORWICH – Steven Whittaker is out with a hip injury, and Andrew Surman will almost certainly be missing again with a knee problem.
Norwich (from): Bunn, Rudd, Turner, Bassong, Martin, Barnett, R Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Surman, E Bennett, Hoolahan, Holt, Morison, Jackson, Kane.
CITY – Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy return to boost City, Carlos Tevez should play despite illness, but Balotelli will probably be out again.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Clichy, Rekik, Nasri, Milner, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Razak.
Manchester City did the double over Norwich last season, winning 5-1 at home and 6-1 away. Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road while Sergio Aguero scored three over the two games.
City have won three of the four Premier League meetings between the sides (W3, D1).
Mancini’s insistence that City’s big problem is our strikers is borne out by the stats. By this date last season,four strikers had scored a combined total of 31 goals. This season they have provided just 20.
David Silva has created a goalscoring chance every 25 minutes this season, the best rate in the division.
If the league had started on November 1st, Norwich and City would be level on 18 points from 10 games.
Bassong is Norwich’s second highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index ranked 59th overall. He is one of only four defenders to have scored three or more goals this season.
Bassong has now also made the second highest amount of clearances in the league with 45, though it will take a huge effort to overtake top performer Jonas Olsson of West Brom who has made 65 so far this season.
Man City’s top goal scorers, Carlos Tevez (7) and Sergio Aguero (6) have scored just one goal each in the last seven games. & By Far The Greatest Team
David Platt took over pre-match media duties ahead of the long trip to East Anglia. With the opening of the transfer window now just a few days away, Platt was inevitably asked to comment on City’s plans.
The kind of players you would want to improve a squad like Manchester City are invariably already playing for the top teams that are involved in chasing honours. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t do any business.
Inside the Opposition:
All matches kick-off at 3pm unless otherwise stated
Sunderland vs Tottenham (12.45)
Aston Villa vs Wigan
Fulham vs Swansea
Manchester United vs West Brom
Norwich vs Manchester City
Reading vs West Ham
Stoke vs Southampton
Arsenal vs Newcastle (17.30)