Manuel Pellegrini and his Manchester City side will be hoping to keep up with fellow title contenders, Arsenal, by ensuring a Premier League home win against Norwich City. Norwich’s manager, Alex Neil will be hoping to prove to the Premier League that they are here to stay and grab a much needed win after having a relative slow start to their campaign.
Desipte having huge injuries such as David Silva and Sergio Kun Agüero, Manchester City have been in fine form this season. Manchester City has managed to score 18 in six games in all competitions and managed to win five of the six matches (as they drew in the Manchester derby last weekend!)
Norwich on the other hand have not been as fortunate as their last win in the Premier League is as far back as the 23rd of September and have lost 4 games in a row including a penalty shootout against Everton in the Capital One Cup.
Regardless of City being very impressive in attack, Manchester City have had some inspired performances in defence, especially the efforts of new signing, Nicolás Otamendi who excelled during the Manchester derby This could be the turning point for Manchester City as Otamendi and Kompany might be a extremely difficult centre-back pairing to crack.
The Canaries will be relying on the leading scorer for Norwich, Nathan Redmond to have a good game so they can continue in their campaign to not get relegated back to the Championship. Nathan Redmond received a lot of criticism for his most recent match against Everton in the Capital One Cup as he missed the crucial penalty in the penalty-shootout. Despite the heavy criticism Redmond has received, it shouldn’t surprise City fans if he does something to haunt them in this Halloween match in the league.
Fun Fact: The last time these two played at the Etihad in the Premier League the match ended 7-0 to Manchester City. We saw five different goalscorers and even two own goals from Norwich. Will Norwich have a nightmare or will they face their demons and beat City?
Prediction: 4-1 Manchester City win. Manchester City HAVE to win. With their current form being so positive and Norwich not having played well recently, anything less than a positive result should be viewed as a disappointment.