The crucial subplot to Man City’s first Premier League game of the new campaign against Tottenham was, of course, Pep Guardiola’s open pursuit of wantaway striker Harry Kane, but it was the capital club who walked away with three points on the day, and the champions will now be looking to bounce back.
Having smashed the Premier League’s all-time record transfer with the signing of Jack Grealish, Guardiola should feel confident of getting points on the board as he welcomes fans back at full capacity to the Etihad for their showdown with recently-promoted Norwich, who face a second successive heavyweight in their top-flight return.
The Premier League’s fixture generator has not been particularly kind to Daniel Farke, arranging an opening-day match against Liverpool, before handing the Canaries an away day to Man City, a return to Carrow Road for Leicester City, and then a journey to the capital to take on traditional ‘Big Six’ club Arsenal.
They could conceivably start matchday five without a single point, but Farke will be determined to pick up at least a few results in this ominous looking run, or risk finding themselves in familiar territory near the foot of the table. This game is arguably the hardest of the bunch, but Norwich could well spring a surprise.
Man City vs Norwich: Match Stats
Manchester City have claimed victory in each of their last three home Premier League fixtures against Norwich City by an aggregate score of 14-1, winning 5-0 in the most recent league meeting at the Etihad in July 2020. And having fired a blank last week, City will be fired up to let off some goalscoring steam.
In Jack Grealish, Guardiola will hope his new creative talisman can get up and running, influencing the game as he once did while donning the armband for Aston Villa. Since the start of 2019/20, the England international has been fouled 282 times in the league, 68 times more than any other player, and that kind of deadball-winning expertise could prove the difference on Saturday.
Man City vs Norwich: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Man City 3-0 Norwich
Man City vs Norwich: Odds
Man City vs Norwich: Head to Head
26 Jul 2020 – Man City 5-0 Norwich – Premier League
14 Sep 2019 – Norwich 3-2 Man City – Premier League
12 Mar 2016 – Norwich 0-0 Man City – Premier League
09 Jan 2016 – Norwich 0-3 Man City – FA Cup
31 Oct 2015 – Man City 2-1 Norwich – Premier League
Norwich City’s last away fixture in the Premier League actually came at Etihad as they finished the 2019/20 season with relegation confirmed. Guardiola’s men battered and bruised Farke’s side, winning 5-0 on the day, with Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne (x2), Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez scoring in the rout.