Norwich City - Manchester City preview: Citizens eager to close gap on teams above

Following last week's mauling over Aston Villa, the sky Blues are in search of their first consecutive league win since October - against a side eager to prove they're good enough to stay in England's top flight

Norwich City - Manchester City preview: Citizens eager to close gap on teams above
Norwich City v Manchester City Preview

Manchester City go into tomorrow's encounter with Norwich City just two points behind Arsenal and five behind Tottenham Hotspur, the sky Blues looking to earn their first consecutive league win since October - consequently putting their dreadful away form behind them in a must-win game. 

Team news

Whilst both Wilfried Bony and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala have now returned, Manuel Pellegrini will be left without Yaya Touré tomorrow, the Ivorian is struggling with a heel injury and will not feature at Carrow Road. As for the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph they all remain unavailable for selection as they return from respective injuries, and could possibly feature after the upcoming international break.

Tomorrow's hosts Norwich, meanwhile have doubts over Robbie Brady after the Irish international picked up a calf injury with Steven Naismith and Sebastien Bassong also doubts too. Alexander Tettey however will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing a successful ankle operation following the Canaries' encounter with Chelsea

What they're saying 

Jesús Navas stressed the point that the mentality of the team doesn't change regardless of the competition or opponent saying that there's "no difference" in the way that the team approaches games, but identifies the fact that it's been a "struggle" for them to pick up vital points away from home this term. 

"We will prepare well and work hard, just hope the goals will start to come."

Alex Neil meanwhile is very wary of the sky Blues' quality, despite their strong performance at the Etihad Stadium back in October of 2015. He admitted that Saturday's visitors have attacking players blessed with "real flair", but feels if his side "can deal with that", there are also some "vulnerabilities" that they can try to take advantage of.

"We need to defend well when we need to, but also pose a threat at the top end of the pitch. We're the home team and we need to try and win the game."


I feel that Norwich will put up a strong fight in the opening twenty minutes, looking to sting City early on as many teams have done this season. However, the undeniable quality in City's ranks should really prove to be too much - not least because the Citizens are still in the title race, and this game in hand is a crucial one as they look to close the gap on the top three, where they'll be if they win on Saturday lunchtime.