Newly promoted Norwich City welcome champions Manchester City to Carrow Road on Saturday. The late kick-off is one of the biggest mismatches of the Premier League slate according to the bookmakers. Only Newcastle, who head to Liverpool, are bigger underdogs than the Canaries.
Norwich City vs Manchester City – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Carrow Road
Kick Off Time: 17:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Kevin Friend
TV Channel / Live Stream: This match will be live for Sky Sports subscribers. Coverage starts at 5pm on the Sky Sports Premier League channel and at 5:30pm on Sky Sports Main Event. It will also be available on Sky Sports Ultra HD and SkyGo.
Norwich City vs Manchester City – The Form Guide
Although they’ve only won one of their four Premier League games, Norwich have drawn plenty of plaudits for their performances. Daniel Farke has refused to compromise his attacking style although a lack of defensive solidity has ultimately cost the Canaries.
The fixture list hasn’t been especially kind to Norwich though. Following this game, they’ll have already played three of last season’s top five teams.
Manchester City dropped two points against Tottenham at home but other than that, Pep Guardiola’s side have been flawless. The champions have already racked up 12 goals with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero looking irresistible in attack.
What is the Team News?
The home side are without Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose for this game. Both players are long term absentees and have been ruled out until next year.
Grant Hanley will also miss out as he hasn't recovered from his groin injury in time. Tim Krul is a doubt and Max Aarons is definitely out. Those defensive absentees don’t bode well as Norwich host a team that 95 Premier League goals last season.
The injuries don't stop there though. Moritz Leitner, Mario Vrancic and Tom Trybull will also be absent. Patrick Roberts is ineligible for this game.
John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan have a good chance of being fit enough for selection for City. The visitors will continue to be without Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Leory Sane who are long-term absentees.
Norwich City line-up: Krul; Byram, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean, Tettey, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki.
Manchester City line-up: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko; D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, B. Silva
Norwich vs Manchester City Latest Odds
The hosts are made 14/1 (15.0) underdogs by Betway. It’s tough to oppose Manchester City in this situation but at 1/6 (1.17) they won’t be a suitable single wager for many punters. A draw between the pair is available at 15/2 (8.50).
Both teams to score is 3/4 (1.75) which is an appealing prospect given Norwich have scored against Liverpool and Chelsea already this term.
Norwich vs Manchester City Score Prediction
Backing a high-scoring Manchester City win makes the most sense for correct score punters. This is one way to boost the odds on the away side to a palatable level. A 4-2 victory is 22/1 (23.0) with Betway.
Norwich vs Manchester City Betting Tip
Goals should flow freely at Carrow Road. Norwich’s attack is led by Teemu Pukki who continued his emphatic form over the International break. The 29-year-old netted in both Finland’s games and now has 11 goals in his last nine outings for club and country.
Betway are top-price about Pukki scoring in this game at 5/2 (3.50) and that is simply too good to turn down.