Norwich v Man City, Sat 12:45
Following the midweek stumble of Manchester United, Roberto Mancini’s men will have renewed faith in their hopes of prising top spot off the current champions as Victor Chandler odds suggest the Citizens as favourites for their weekend clash at Carrow Road.
Tottenham were the latest side to fall victim to the Norwich City cause and on their own turf no less, showing the Canaries are nowhere near as lightweight as their nickname may suggest.
It was no fluke that Paul Lambert’s side came away from White Hart Lane with all three points in hand as the Scot can be ecstatic with the manner in which his players performed.
The Norfolk outfit have looked most impressive when playing in front of their home crowd, scoring an average of 1.56 goals per game at Carrow Road and failing to net in just 19% of those matches.
However, even with last weekend’s result to be happy about, City will pose a very real threat to Norwich’s hopes.
Regardless of their inferior position to Manchester United, the Citizens have the best attack and defence in the English top flight.
City have scored an average of 2.39 goals per game this season and conceded an average of just 0.79 goals per game.
Saturday’s victors will be without Mario Balotelli after the Italian saw red in last weekend’s loss against Arsenal but the more frequent appearances of former outcast Carlos Tevez will only encourage supporters.
Yaya Touré is struggling to regain fitness in time for the weekend fixture while Decland Rudd is the sole member looking to return for the hosts.
With bitter rivals United not set to play Aston Villa until Sunday, Mancini’s side can move to within two points of top spot with a victory on Saturday, even if it is just for those 24 hours.