Manchester City hosts Norwich City at the Etihad in a match from the second round of the Premier League. Here we are going to take some solid look at this fixture in our online soccer betting tips. Let’s go!
The reigning champions will try to win their first points for the season after a negative start of the 2021/22 season. The Cityzens paid a visit to Tottenham Hotspur in the first round, but suffered a 0-1 defeat in the capital. Spurs’ Son-Heung Min scored the only goal in the game in the second half and this strike was enough for Tottenham to take the win. This was certainly not the start of the campaign City’s manager Josep Guardiola dreamt for.
At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Guardiola used his usual 4-3-3 formation. He put the new signing Jack Grealish in the line-up. The former Aston Villa captain started alongside Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan in midfield while Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling got the nod in attack. In the second half Guardiola picked Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from the bench, but City’s efforts to score an equalising goal were fruitless.
After such a disappointing start of the new season, you can bet that the captain Kevin De Bruyne will return to the starting eleven against Norwich City. The Belgian is not at his full fitness at the moment which was the main reason why Guardiola started him from the bench against Tottenham. The midfielder played a little more than 10 minutes in London, but obviously he needs a bit more time to get back to full fitness. We all know that Manchester City are a different team when De Bruyne is playing.
Another surprise Guardiola offered us was the inclusion of Nathan Ake in the starting eleven. The Dutch centre-back partnered Ruben Dias in defense while John Stones and Aymeric Laporte remained on the bench. Dias looks untouchable in the line-up, but we could see Stones or Laporte starting in the next game.
Man City continue to struggle because of the absence of a pure “9” in their squad. Gabriel Jesus could be this player, but it seems that Guardiola does not trust him to lead the Cityzens’ forward line. This is precisely why Manchester City continue to negotiate for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, but so far Spurs are not letting their star striker go. The champions really need a player like him, but it seems that this deal would take some more time to be completed.
Bernardo Silva and Rodri are among the players Guardiola could use in the starting eleven against Norwich City. He picked Fernandinho ahead of Rodri against Spurs, but the Brazilian is 36-years old now, so he can’t possibly play in every game. At the same time Bernardo could get a spot in attack although he’s been linked with a possible move to the Spanish La Liga.
After the game Pep Guardiola admitted he was happy with the way his team moved the ball to the final third, but he said his players were not clinical enough to finish the attacks. It remains to be seen if the arrival of a player such as Harry Kane would change this. For now City must do the work without him while expecting him to sign a contract with the club.
Man City’s fans surely expect more of Raheem Sterling as well. The winger had a tough 2020/21 season and he was benched for some big part of his team’s matches. Then everything changed at the Euro 2020 where Sterling was one of the best players. Now Guardiola and the fans will hope that he could continue like this in the Premier League as well. When he’s playing at the top of his potential, Raheem Sterling is really a top player.
For the newcomers Norwich City it’s a tough schedule. They started the season against Liverpool at the Carrow Road and now they have to face another one of England’s best teams. You can bet they hoped for a different kind of opposition in the first few rounds of the campaign.
For Norwich it didn’t go very well against Liverpool at the Carrow Road. Daniel Farke’s players faced a superior team and suffered a 0-3 loss in their first game for the season. Norwich did their best in front of their fans, but sometimes you can’t do much in football when you’re facing a better opposition.
Daniel Farke was not afraid to use the 20-years old Billy Gilmour for the whole 90 minutes against Liverpool. The Scottish midfielder is loaned to Norwich from Chelsea and he’s expected to be a key player for the Canaries. Despite his age, Gilmour is expected to become one of the best players in England in the next few years. He’s an incredibly talented midfielder with some excellent passing and ball control. He still lacks enough experience, but that’s the main reason why Chelsea sent him to Norwich City. You can be sure Daniel Farke will use him as much as possible.
Norwich’s new signing Pierre Lees Melou made his official debut against the Reds. The 28-years old midfielder arrived at the Carrow Road from Nice and he’s one of the players who should help the Canaries to avoid relegation this season. So far it’s too early to judge Melou’s abilities, but we are going to keep an eye on him.
That’s the online soccer betting tips we can offer you for the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Norwich City at the Etihad. The champions will look to fix their mistake in the first round when they lost against Tottenham Hotspur in the capital. The Cityzens can’t allow themselves to lose points in two consecutive games right now, especially when playing Norwich at home. Meanwhile the Canaries don’t have anything to lose here, so there’s no pressure for them – they can only win something from this visit to the Etihad. But they are complete underdogs for sure – there’s no doubt about this.