Manchester City vs Norwich City
|Date & Time||Saturday March 12, 2016, 7:45 AM (EST)|
The Line: Norwich City 5/1 Draw 10/3 Manchester City 3/5
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Its almost do or die time for Norwich City and they face a formidable Manchester City on Saturday with both teams needing the points but for very different reasons. The Canaries come into this game in the bottom three and having lost nine of their last ten games, it is now or never time for this Norwich team and their players. Cameron Jerome may be a scape goat in the media as his lack of goals at the Premier League level is being highlighted over and over, the truth though is that maybe Jerome just isnt up to it at this level. If I am Alex Neil I turn over the starting job to Mbokani, Naismith and give Hoolohan, Brady and Redmond permanent positions in the line up. Not losing games is not going to be enough for Norwich now, they simply must win games and the aformentioned five give Norwich the best opportunity to win.
Manchester City do have a Champions League game coming up midweek but Norwich's hopes of the team being distracted by that are probabaly unfounded as City have a 3-1 lead from the first leg and are highly unlikely to conceded three goals at the Ethiad to Dynamo Kiev. It's been a tumultous week for City as they learned that Sergio Aguero will not extend his contract at the club (read about it here) and rumours abound that Ya Ya Toure will head for the exit door in the summer as the arrival of Pep Guardiola apparently is not exciting the Ivorian. Manchester City though can go to within seven points of Leicester City if they can win on Saturday morning and looking at the two teams on paper it is tough to see how Manchester City dont win this game.
While Manchester City have been admittedly less than impressive on their travels this season they have won three of their last five on the road and the loss to Liverpool was after a cup final win and more a freak result than the norm. With so much depth in the Manchester City squad I think that they can even afford to rest a couple of players and should have too much for Norwich. I've been saying this for the last couple of weeks but Norwich's self belief has deserted them, even in games where they have led by two goals they have been unable to hang on. Take Manchester City -1 here as the Citizens should stroll to a victory here.