Kick-off: 1600, 26/07/2020
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky 1
Norwich’s home win over Manchester City was the highlight of their Premier League campaign but we can’t see lightening striking twice at Etihad Stadium.
The Canaries go into this game on a run of nine straight defeats in top-flight fixtures and must face a Blues outfit not known for showing mercy to struggling foes.
Home keeper Ederson is chasing the Golden Gloves award for most clean sheets after joining Burnley’s Nick Pope on 15, so even a consolation strike will be hard to achieve.
Let’s go with 27/4 for the hosts to prevail 4-0 for our opening Man City vs Norwich prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
The Blues have had a moderate season, by their own high standards, losing nine times in the league and crashing out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.
However, they still have the Champions League to prepare for, remain an awesome outfit when in full flight and bounced back from that Wembley loss to Arsenal with a 4-0 triumph at Watford.
Raheem Sterling took his tally in this competition to 19 with a first-half double at Vicarage Road, before Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte struck after the break.
“We were disappointed with the last game and we tried to change that and be positive,” Foden told his club’s website.
“I thought the performance was great from the lads and we looked really back to ourselves.
“It is very important we play well and perform well. It will be good practice going into the Madrid game.”
David Silva was rested on Tuesday but will hopefully come back in for a final Premier League outing before leaving the club.
He has netted in all three of his home appearances since returning from lockdown and is backed at 7/4 to keep the run going in our Man City vs Norwich betting tips.
There is also a chance any late free-kicks or penalties will go to Silva on sentimental grounds, so add on 15/2 he nets last.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Cancelo, Garcia, Rodri, De Bruyne, B Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
Norwich have been resigned to making a quick return to the Championship for some time now and last week’s 2-0 home loss to Burnley was another painful affair.
Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic were both dismissed before Chris Wood struck on the stroke of half-time and Ben Godfrey put the ball in his own net late on.
Just one goal has been scored during the current losing run in league matches, with 17 conceded at the other end.
Tim Krul told the club website: “I think we’ve let ourselves down a little bit over the last few weeks.
“We haven’t been able to turn things around. The intentions were there, we’ve worked hard, but the quality just hasn’t been there.”
One stat which catches the eye is that 15 of the 22 goals let in by Norwich when visiting top-half clubs this season were scored in the first half.
Looking at the Man City vs Norwich odds, that makes 19/10 for more goals to come before the break than in the second period a value pick.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Lewis, Klose, Hernandez, Cantwell, Buendia, McLean, Tettey, Drmic.
Watford 0-4 MAN CITY – Raheem Sterling (2), Phil Foden, Aymeric Laporte
NORWICH 0-2 Burnley
Head-to-head: Norwich 3-2 Man City
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