Norwich v City: Team news & tactics
- 12 March 2016 11:45
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Just one change for City today with Fernando replacing the injured Yaya Toure.
Wilfried Bony continues in attack alongside 21-goal Sergio Aguero as the Blues look to move into third in the Premier League table and close the gap on Tottenham and Leicester City.
That means a 4-4-2 formation with David Silva and Jesus Navas likely to be drifting in from the flanks while Fernandinho and Fernando take up a deeper midfield role.
Starting XI and bench:
Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Aguero, Bony
Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Kolarov, Zabaleta, M.Garcia, Sterling, Iheanacho
Can City clip the Canaries' wings?
On paper, this is a game City should win with the hosts on a dreadful run of form. Eight defeats and a draw in Norwich's last nine games have plunged Alex Neil's side into murky relegation waters.
That said, Norwich were one of the better sides to visit the Etihad this season and should have left with a point from the meeting back in October.
Goals from Nicolas Otamendi and a late penalty from Yaya Toure sealed a hard-fought 2-1 for the Blues - so expect the hosts to approach this game in a similar manner - pressing high, plenty of energy and defending in numbers.
City have already won 3-0 at Carrow Road this season in the FA Cup and played 4-4-2 that day as well, but this encounter could be a lot closer...
Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Howson, O'Neil, Redmond, Hoolahan, Jarvis, Bamford
Subs: Rudd, Bassong, Mbokani, Jerome, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Pinto