Free-scoring Premier League leaders Manchester City are looking to continue their fine form in front of goal as they welcome struggling Norwich to the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
No team have scored more than City’s 24 goals in the top flight this season, and they took their league form into the cup as they dismantled Crystal Palace 5-1 on Wednesday night.
In addition, they have had no trouble finding the net against Norwich in recent years; City have scored 27 goals in their last seven matches against the Canaries and ran out 7-0 winners the last time these two teams met at the Etihad in the league.
For all that the above stats looks ominous for the visitors, City were uncharacteristically blunt in last weekend’s drab stalemate in the Manchester derby; Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for a replica of their last home match against a newly-promoted team, in which they beat Bournemouth 5-1.
Norwich have faded after a decent start and have lost their last three matches in the Premier League – they haven’t won since mid-September.
The Etihad is far from the ideal location in which to end their recent poor run, but they have won there in recent memory; Jonny Howson’s winner sealed a 3-2 win on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
The Canaries are the only side in the Premier League still yet to keep a clean sheet – it will take a momentous defensive display if they are to put that right this weekend.
Alex Neil’s side will be cheered by the fact that City are still missing David Silva and Sergio Aguero, whilst Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy also miss out for the hosts.
Dieumerci Mbokani is doubtful for Norwich, who will definitely be without Andre Wisdom, but Youssouf Mulumbu may make his long-awaited debut for the Canaries after recovering from foot surgery.
League Position: Manchester City – 1st (22 pts); Norwich – 16th (9 pts)
Last Meeting: Norwich 0-0 Manchester City – February 8th, 2014
Key Men: Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne; Norwich – Nathan Redmond
Form: Manchester City – WLLWWD; Norwich – WDDLLL
Shoot Says: Manchester City 4-1 Norwich