Venue: Carrow Road
Date: 12 March 2016
Kick off: 12:45
The Canaries soared into their last encounter with Manchester City flaunting a much yellower coat of feathers than they do this weekend. Norwich had collected an impressive 10 points from fixtures against Everton, Man United, Spurs, Villa and Southampton before Kelechi, Sergio and Kevin plucked them from the sky and crushed them in a 3-0 FA CUP third round win at Carrow Road back in January.
Since that day, Alex Neil’s side have managed just one point from their last nine games and are now flapping for their lives in the relegation zone of the Premier League. Don’t blame it on Ruddy, don’t blame it Bassong, don’t blame it on Olsson, blame it on the City.
And taking Norwich’s dreadful record into account, it’d be nice if we could win our first consecutive game for the first time in five months. It both embarrasses and appalls me to even write that down, but it’s a remarkable statistic that just proves how poor we’ve been this season and how poor the league has been to allow a team with that story to currently occupy a place in the top four.
Without Yaya Touré, though, who the gaffer thinks could miss our next three fixtures with a heel injury, this could be a troublesome one. If we don’t go and control the game like many expect us to do, a freak wonder strike or another moment of some out-of-the-blue individual magic could be needed to clear an escape route out of Carrow Road. Touré – as we saw at the Etihad in October when his penalty spared Joe Hart’s blushes – is usually the go to guy for that sort of stuff, so I hope we don’t end up ruing his absence. I’m demanding rather than expecting a win tomorrow, but never rule out a team fighting for their lives, I suppose.
Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph are still out but are expected to return after the international break. If we’re still in the mix by then, the return of that trio could definitely swing things in our favour.
Robbie Brady (calf) and Stevan Naismith (hamstring) face late fitness tests ahead of the early kick off, while Sebastien Bassong, Andre Wisdom and Alex Tettey remain sidelined.
A nice 1-0 and I wouldn’t complain.
Predict the score:
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