Norwich City vs Manchester City preview: Manuel Pellegrini's City aim to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup

A look ahead to the FA Cup third round tie at Carrow Road

Matthew Adams
Friday 08 January 2016 18:15
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

It’s a big game for…

Sebastian Bassong: Bassong has formed part of a Norwich defence that has kept two clean sheets in their last two outings; however, the Cameroon international and his colleagues will have to be at their best to keep out the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Weird /best stat…

11 – The number of goals scored by Manchester City in their two FA Cup victories against the Canaries, winning 5-0 in 1939, and 6-0 in 1981. Norwich won the only other FA Cup meeting 2-1 in 1963.

Remember when…

Norwich Director and celebrity Chef Delia Smith, issued her famous rallying cry during the half time interval of a Premier League match between the two sides in 2005?

Player to watch…

Jesus Navas: The Spaniard scored a rare goal at Goodison Park on Wednesday night in the League Cup Semi Final against Everton. Navas has found his chances at City limited given the form of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Stirling, so a good performance at Carrow Road would cap of a good week for him personally.

Past three-meetings…

Man City 2 (Otamendi, Toure pen) Norwich 1 (Jerome) Premier League, October 2015

Norwich 0 Manchester City 0, Premier League, February 2014

Manchester City 7 (Johnson O.G, Silva, Martin O.G, Negredo, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko) Norwich 0, Premier League, November 2013

Form guide (all competitions) …

Norwich: D W L W W

Man City: L W D W L

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 3pm, Saturday 9 January

TV: Highlights Match of the Day BBC 1, 10.25pm

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