Norwich City hosts Manchester City at Carrow Road on September 14, 2019, in fifth round action of the English Premier League.
Norwich City was founded in 1902 and they were the 2018/19 EFL Champions. They won the League Cup twice and were first promoted to the top flight in 1972. They have never won the Premier League though and their best finish in the EPL was third which they accomplished in 1993.
Last season, Norwich City recovered from a slow start and finished five points ahead of their closest rivals to win the Championship. That victory earned them a promotion and ensured their return to the top flight for the 2019/20 term. Daniel Farke became the squad’s first foreign head coach in 2017 and as he did at Dortmund, he employed a fast-paced possession style of football in Norwich City.
At -4, Norwich City ranks 19th in the EPL in Goal Difference. The Canaries have scored a league 5th best six goals this season and they have conceded a total of 10 goals which put them at 20th in the top flight. Five out of Norwich City’s total of six goals this season were assisted.
Last season, leading goal scorer Teemu Pukki is off to a blazing start with five goals scored already in four matches. The other goal for Norwich City was scored by midfielder Tom Cantwell. Cantwell also has two assists while Pukki has one. Emiliano Buendia also has two assists for the Canaries.
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Manchester City in the Premier League’s dominant team today, winning the top flight in three out of the last six seasons, including back to back championships in 2018 and 2019. These titles have come under the supervision of Pep Guardiola who is considered by many as the best football manager in the world. Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini in 2016 and it has been a great run ever since for Manchester City.
Last season, this team didn’t just win the English Premier League title but Manchester City also took the EFL Cup and the FA Cup to record an unprecedented domestic treble. Manchester City is among the top soccer betting favorites to win the Premier League title this season.
Manchester City leads the Premier League in Goal Difference at +11. They have scored a total of 14 goals already, which is also #1 in the league. 13 of those goals were assisted and on defense, they have conceded an EPL 2nd-best three goals so far in four matches played this season.
Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are already in top goal-scoring form early in the season. Aguero has found the back of the net already six times this season while Sterling has five goals in four matches. Kevin de Bruyne has a team-best five assists plus one goal scored while goalkeeper Ederson has 10 saves and only three goals allowed in four matches.
Norwich City opened their season with a loss against Liverpool and a win over Newcastle. But since then, it has been a struggle for the Canaries. They have lost back to back matches to Chelsea and West Ham United. Including the Carabao Cup loss to Crawley Town, it’s three straight losses for the Canaries.
On the other hand, Manchester City is off to a good start. The champions are currently second in the team standings and have not lost in four games played. Manchester City opened with a 5-0 beating of West Ham United and then was held to a draw by Tottenham. They have since won two straight matches against Bournemouth and Brighton Hove & Albion, winning by an aggregate score of 7-1. Head to head, Manchester City has won 10 out of their 15 matches against Norwich City. The Canaries have won just twice with three of the other matches ending in a draw.
I think Manchester City has too much offensive muscle against Norwich City who ranks 20th in the Premier League in goals allowed. Count this as another dominant offensive showing from the defending EPL champions who are also in much better form than their opponents. I’m picking Manchester City to beat Norwich City on 9/14/19. Prediction: Manchester City