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If Norwich City were under any illusions about their prospects for the 2019/20 season in Premier League, the newly promoted club will be fully aware of how difficult life is at the top after a month of harsh lessons.
The Canaries impressed for periods in all four of their Premier League fixtures since the summer, though they find themselves second from bottom having lost three times, conceding more goals (10) than any other side in the division along the way.
On Saturday, their poor defensive record has every chance of being damaged even further when a rampant looking Manchester City side visit East Anglia.
The Citizens have been in typically prolific form this season, hitting the net an eye-watering 14 times in their first four fixtures – a haul that makes them the highest-scoring team in Premier League so far.
The champions plundered eight of those 14 goals in the two away games they have contested so far at West Ham and Bournemouth respectively, and City will be confident of adding another few to that tally this weekend.
Norwich have shown enough good football and attacking intent to suggest that they can breach the Citizens’ rearguard however.
The Canaries caused plenty of trouble against both Liverpool and Chelsea already this season, hitting the net three times in total against the Premier League big hitters, though with a little more luck they could have had even more.
Manchester City have kept only two clean sheets in the five competitive fixtures they have contested this term, though they still hold the attacking power to outscore most teams they come up against.
Manchester City are generally ruthless against newly promoted clubs – they are unbeaten in their last 25 fixtures against the freshest Premier League outfits, winning 20 and drawing the other 5 since 2015.
We expect the Citizens to be similarly merciless against Norwich on Saturday, though we think the best value lies in backing an away win and both teams to score combination.
Both teams scored in 75% of Norwich’s Premier League fixtures to date in 2019/20, and the Canaries have already shown enough quality going forward to suggest that they can register against a Man City team with an underwhelming recent defensive record (two clean sheets from five).
Any Norwich City goal is likely to be merely a consolation however, and we’re tipping City to win 3-1 in our correct score prediction. The free-scoring Citizens scored three goals or more in 75% of their Premier League matches since the summer.
- 20 Sep