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Man City vs Norwich: Champions to get back on track

Kick-off: 1500, 21/08/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City are expected to kick-start the defence of their Premier League title when entertaining promoted Norwich.

The Canaries found Liverpool too hot to handle on their return to the top flight and face another daunting test at Etihad Stadium.

We’re going for a 3-0 home win at 6/1 for our first Man City vs Norwich prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

Manchester City will be seeking to find a cutting edge up front following 1-0 losses to Leicester in the Community Shield and Tottenham in their league opener.

The Blues are pursuing England captain Harry Kane to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero’s departure but Pep Guardiola believes enough talent is already there to cope.

“We are the same people as last season, Sergio has gone unfortunately but we only had him for seven games,” said the Spaniard.

“We won the Premier League and we made very good things. It is the same people as last season and we scored loads of goals.”

Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus came off the bench late on versus Spurs, so the omens look good for an improvement up front.

They both netted when Norwich last visited this stadium 13 months ago and were hammered 5-0.

Looking at the Man City vs Norwich odds, we like 9/2 for Brazil striker Jesus to break the deadlock.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Fernandinho, Sterling, Torres, Mahrez.

Ilkay Gundogan sustained a shoulder problem against Spurs but is set to be available, while Phil Foden continues his recovery from a foot injury.

A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds

Norwich had their moments against Liverpool, with Teemu Pukki testing Alisson early on and Ben Gibson being denied in a late goalmouth scramble.

However, they were open at the back and Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah took advantage to give the Reds a 3-0 win.

Daniel Farke commented: “You are always disappointed when you lose the first game but many, many positive things to take.

“We played against one of the best sides in the world. World-class players, world-class coach and they had a proper pre-season.

“We had many players on the pitch who didn’t have a proper pre-season, so I just have compliments for the performance. For 65 minutes, we were quite competitive.”

It is too early to assess how well the Canaries are equipped to cope with life in the top flight and this may be another damage limitation exercise.

Let’s go with the visitors to be 1-0 down at the interval at 13/5 to finish off our Man City vs Norwich betting tips.

Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Gibson, Hanley, Giannoulis, Rupp, Gilmour, Cantwell, Rashica, Lees-Melou, Pukki.

Norwich are expected to be without defender Christoph Zimmermann through illness. Centre-back Andrew Omobamidele is back in full training again following tonsillitis, so could come into contention.

Additional stats

Last result:

Tottenham 1-0 MAN CITY

NORWICH 0-3 Liverpool

Head-to-head: Man City 5-0 Norwich, Norwich 3-2 Man City

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