Kick-off: 1730, 14/09/2019
Stadium: Carrow Road
TV: Sky Sports
Norwich have not been afraid to have a go against elite Premier League clubs since returning to the top flight and can again make their presence felt against Manchester City.
The Canaries created several chances when going down 4-1 at Liverpool and were competitive for a long time in a 3-2 loss to Chelsea at this venue.
Matching the champions will obviously be tough but 23/20 for the hosts to score in defeat is our first Norwich vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
Norwich were beaten fair and square when losing 2-0 at West Ham before the international break but did still have their moments, with Todd Cantwell heading over from close range.
However, an injury to centre-half Christoph Zimmermann unsettled the Canaries and Daniel Farke was left to declare: “At this level, small details cost.”
Teemu Pukki was uncharacteristically quiet in that contest but will hope to return to the form which saw him hit a hat-trick in a 3-1 triumph over Newcastle here.
Carrow Road is the type of old-fashioned, tight ground which should help to curtail Pep Guardiola’s expansive style of play.
Injuries have already begun to stretch the hosts, though, with defender Timm Klose and midfielder Tom Trybull among those sidelined and Max Aarons set for a spell out after hobbling off on England Under-21 duty on Monday night.
Looking at the Norwich vs Man City odds, we like 9/1 for a 3-1 away win.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Lewis, Leitner, Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, Trybull, Pukki.
Norwich defender Ben Godfrey (groin) will be assessed. Goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow) is also doubtful and on-loan City winger Patrick Roberts is not eligible to face his parent club.
Midfielders Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner (both calf) are sidelined, along with winger Onel Hernandez (knee).
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City have started strongly in their quest for a hat-trick of Premier League titles, with the only points dropped coming in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham, which they should have won comfortably.
The Blues have beaten West Ham 5-0 and Bournemouth 3-1 on the road, whilst they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Brighton at the Etihad last time out.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring after just 68 seconds against Albion, before Sergio Aguero hit a double and Bernardo Silva also netted.
Guardiola praised the Seagulls for showing plenty of “courage” but added: “My players up front are incredibly good and they make the difference.”
The Spaniard does have cause for concern at the back, though, with Aymeric Laporte’s injury coming after the summer departure of Vincent Kompany.
Alternative options are available, but the international break will have hampered attempts to practice with any new formation or defensive line-up.
That could make 13/5 for both teams to score in the first half worth adding to our Norwich vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Laporte, Otamendi, Rodri, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
City defender John Stones is fit to return after a thigh injury. He will take the place of Aymeric Laporte, who is facing a lengthy lay-off after undergoing knee surgery.
Striker Gabriel Jesus (thigh) is back in contention and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has overcome a stomach bug, but Benjamin Mendy (knee) is not yet ready to return and winger Leroy Sane (knee) is out long term.
West Ham 2-0 NORWICH
MAN CITY 4-0 Brighton – Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero (2), Bernardo Silva
Head-to-head: Norwich 0-0 Man City, Norwich 0-3 Man City, Man City 2-1 Norwich
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