Following Manchester City’s rare defeat to Chelsea at the start of the week, Norwich will be hoping that their opponents don’t take their wrath out on them. This would be the last thing that the Canaries need, with Chris Hughton’s side looking to edge further away from the drop zone as they sit just two points above 18th position.
Just like most managers in the bottom half this season, Chris Hughton has had constant pressure on his shoulders. It could be said that most of this has arrived from his own supporters and there have even been occasions where Canary fans have held up banners demanding his dismissal. Unfortunately, recent results don’t seem to indicate that the club’s position is going to improve any time soon. They suffered a crucial blow by losing to Cardiff in their most recent game, while they have also managed to win just one of their last eleven games. On a more positive note, they have seemingly steadied the ship at Carrow Road and approach this game having collected five points from their last three games at home.
There will be big question marks lingering over Manchester City on the other hand, with the Blues looking to make amends after that unexpected 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday. While Jose Mourinho’s men are seen as one of the strongest sides in the division, the fact that City had won every single home fixture led many to believe that a game against the Stamford Bridge outfit would be another walk in the park. Instead, it’s prevented them from climbing to top spot and also means that Chelsea are level on points with them. Still, fans won’t be getting too concerned. Prior to that defeat, the Etihad Stadium outfit had won eight league games in a row, whilst also progressing in both domestic cup competitions.
There is mixed team news for Norwich ahead of the game, with Chris Hughton firstly set to hand a debut to Joseph Yobo. However, the negatives far outweigh the positives, with Ryan Bennett, Michael Turner and Jonny Howson all unavailable due to injury. Manchester City are not without their problems either, with Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Javi Garcia all on the treatment table. There is better news in relation to James Milner though, with the former Leeds midfielder available to start following a groin problem.
As for a prediction, there is only one winner in our eyes. Manchester City may have suffered a setback, but they are still the best team in the country in our eyes. Their opponents are also struggling somewhat and when you bear these factors in mind, the only prediction can be a 2-0 victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.