MCI vs NOR Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Manchester City hit the road this weekend as they take on newly-promoted Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday night (IST).
With Liverpool rolling over the dice for the fixtures this week with an early game against Newcastle United, it's highly likely that by the time referee blows his whistle at Carrow Road, the reigning English champions may find themselves five points adrift at the top.
While the Canaries are finding the harsh reality of the gulf that exists between the Championship and Premier League. They slipped into the relegation zone following two consecutive defeats in the last two matches, and now face Pep Guardiola's men in their next assignment.
The Premier League match will be played between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road, in Norwich, Norfolk, England. The ground has a capacity of 27,244. The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, September 14.
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Recent form (Last six matches) Norwich City – W L W L L L Manchester City – W W W D W W
Norwich City Team News:
Daniel Farke could be without as many as nine first-team players for the home game against City.
In his pre-match press-bulletin, he confirmed that center-backs Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann could miss the rest of the season following serious injuries.
Tom Trybull damaged his ankle against West Ham and has been ruled out for at least six weeks.
While Moritz Leitner and Mario Vrancic both have calf issues and are not available for this weekend.
Winger Onel Hernandez continues to recover from a knee injury and is expected to return to the action only after the next international break.
In addition, the Canaries could be without three more players.
Ben Godfrey sustained a groin injury while on international duty. He remains a major doubt for this game.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul has an elbow issue and will most likely be assessed before the game.
Grant Honley returned to the training after two weeks and may lack the match fitness to start the game from the off.
Ineligible to play!
Patrick Roberts won't be considered as he is on loan from Manchester City. He can't face his parent club.
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
If Krul fails to recover, German shot-stopper Ralf Fährmann is likely to start in goal.
Grant Hanley is in line to start the match at the back, but the identity of his partner is still shrouded under the cloud. Godfrey is a doubt, and if he is not ready to play, Farke may shoehorn somebody else as a central defender.
Due to the lack of options in the midfield, both Alexander Tettey and Ibrahim Amadou may get a start here.
Teemu Pukki, fresh from winning the Premier League player of the month award, is fine and will be leading the pack here.
Aymeric Laporte suffered an injury during City's 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion and is out for an indefinite period.
Leroy Sane remains a long-term injury absentee.
Benjamin Mendy has returned to the training from his latest long injury lay-off, but this game may have come too soon for him.
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Sergio Aguero scored twice in each of his last two Premier League matches and should start here ahead of Gabriel Jesus.
Bernardo Silva came off the bench in the last game and that is likely to change here. It means Riyad Mahrez may move down to the bench.
Fernandinho is fit, but either Rodri or Ilkay Gundogan is likely to start in the midfield, while David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne are expected to start as well.
Manchester City Probable XI:
Ederson (GK), Zinchenko, John Stones, Otamendi, Kyle Walker, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero
Likely to score:
For Norwich City: Teemu Pukki, Alexander Tettey
For Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Sergio Aguero: The Argentine wizard is loved by City fans as their own. He is their record goal-scorer and is always in the running for the Golden shoe award every season. He arrives at Carrow Road in hot form, having scored four times in the last two league games.
Teemu Pukki: Top-scored the Championship with 29 goals last season as he fired up Norwich City back to the top-tier of English football. He has not slowed down, notching up 5 goals in the first four Premier League matches.
Raheem Sterling: Most improved player under Pep Guardiola ever since the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich star took over the reins at Etihad Stadium. His numbers are improving every season. Expect him to be in the thick of action here.
MCI vs NOR Dream11 potential winner: Manchester City are the clear-cut favorites to win the match.