Manchester City host newly promoted Norwich in their opening home game of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
Pep Guardiola’s men have kicked off competitive matters very poorly after being beaten 1-0 by Leicester at Wembley in the Community Shield, before losing their opening league match by the same scoreline at Tottenham.
Norwich’s return to the Premier League has been greeted by two of the most challenging fixtures they could face. The Canaries went down 3-0 to Liverpool on the opening day, and now they face the unenviable task of trying to inflict a third consecutive defeat on City for the first time since 2006.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the match.
When is kick off? Saturday 21 August, 15:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Etihad Stadium, Manchester
What TV channel is Manchester City vs Norwich on? fuboTV (US)
Who’s the referee? Graham Scott
Who’s on VAR duty? Jonathon Moss
Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who injured his shoulder towards the end of Sunday’s defeat at Tottenham.
Jack Grealish will likely start again after Pep Guardiola hailed his debut as ‘incredible’, while there could be returns for John Stones, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Doubts remain over Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness and the Belgian could again be a substitute.
After Norwich’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool on the opening day, Daniel Farke confirmed his players were feeling the effects of a strenuous pre-season.
Grant Hanley, Teemu Pukki and Milot Rashica are among those who struggled late on against Liverpool, but they are likely to keep their places providing Farke is pleased with how they’ve trained.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Rodri, Silva, Grealish; Mahrez, Torres, Sterling
Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; Lees-Melou, Gilmour, Rupp; Cantwell, Pukki, Rashica
City may have started the season in unconvincing fashion but they remain overwhelming favourites against Norwich.
Their incredible squad depth was evidenced by the quality of their bench at Spurs, and Guardiola will now have a week of extra training in the legs of his superstar players. Jack Grealish was relatively quiet against Tottenham – thanks to a superb Japhet Tanganga performance – but expect him to star in his first home showing.
Couple City’s class with Norwich’s terrible recent record at the Etihad and there’s only one conclusion you can draw; the Canaries having lost their last three in Manchester by an aggregate score of 14-1.
Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Norwich