One of the better third round FA Cup clashes will be taking place at Carrow Road this Saturday, January 9 where newly-promoted Norwich City will be hosting fellow Premier League side Manchester City. Norwich posted a 1-0 victory at home over Southampton in league play last weekend while Man City scored a pair of late goals at home to down newly-promoted Watford. However, City was then beaten 2-1 at Goodison Park by Everton on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup (Capital One Cup) semifinal.
- bet365 currently lists Man City as the favorites at 3/4 with Norwich 15/4 and a draw at 11/4
Norwich City vs Manchester City – Head to Head:
- The two sides have met 66 times in the past with Man City dominating by winning 35, losing just nine and drawing the other 22. They met in the Premier League this season with Man City winning 2-1 at home. Norwich has won just once in the last 13 meetings which was a 3-2 away win in league action in May of 2013. They also managed two draws in that span with 10 losses. Man City won 5-0 away in their 1939 FA Cup clash with Norwich winning 2-1 away in 1963. Their only other FA Cup meeting was a 6-0 home victory by Man City in 1981.
Manager Alex Neil has Norwich playing some pretty good soccer with three victories in their past four outings. They enter this cup showdown while in 15th place in the Premier League with 23 points from six wins, five draws and nine losses. They’ve scored 23 goals and allowed 32 against. The Canaries have made it to the FA Cup semifinals three times in the past with the most recent appearance being in 1992. They were knocked out of the tournament by Preston North End in the third round last year.
Norwich ranks seventh at home this season in the 20-team Premier League with four victories, three draws and three defeats for 15 points. They’ve scored 12 goals at Carrow Road and allowed 10 against. Meanwhile, Man City has the eighth-best road record with 15 points from four wins, three draws and three losses with 10 goals for and nine against. Man City enters the match in third place in the league with a dozen wins, three draws and five losses for 39 points. They have a league-high 39 goals, have conceded 21 and sit three points behind league-leading Arsenal and one back of second-place Leicester City.
Man City has managed to win the FA Cup five times in the club’s history with their last triumph coming in the 2010/11 campaign. They were eliminated by second-tier Middlesbrough of the Championship League in the fourth round of the competition last year. Their attack is led by Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Wilfried Bony, but they’ve all more or less been inconsistent this season with the oft-injured Aguero leading the team with just eight goals.
It looks like Man City will still be without defender and captain Vincent Kompany as well as fellow defender Eliaquim Mangala and midfielder Samir Nasri. On the bright side, it looks like striker Bony should be back in the lineup. Norwich appears to have a healthy squad with the only doubts being defender Andre Wisdom and midfielder Matt Jarvis. However, they’re both scheduled to return to the squad in time for the game.
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By Ian Palmer