Norwich and Manchester City are the only two Premier League (PL) teams averaging at least 4.0 total goals per league game ahead of this round, so this meeting is a potential classic in the making.
Championship winners Norwich where the second tier’s joint-best home side last term (W15, D4, L4), and were almost as goal friendly then as they’ve been this season (3.70 goals on average per home match last season). However they have developed a habit of conceding early, with the ‘Canaries’ conceded a whopping seven goals before half-time this campaign – six before the 30-minute mark.
Man City will look to exploit that weakness, especially as they have been leading at half-time in every PL game this season. Furthermore, the ‘Sky Blues’ possessed the league’s best defense away from home in 2018/19, conceding just 0.58 goals on the average per game, and are currently averaging 0.50 after two road trips this term.
The dominant visitors have recorded an impressive 17 wins from their last 18 PL matches, 12 arriving by at least a two-goal margin, and 12 were also ‘to nil’. They showed no mercy against newly-promoted sides the last term, winning five of six such PL matches (D1) – all five were ‘to nil’, with 3.0 goals scored on average.
Players to watch: Exploding onto the PL scene, Teemu Pukki has scored five of Norwich’s six top-flight goals – and assisted the other!
Sergio Agüero has scored in all Man City’s PL matches this season. Curiously, just two of his six goals were the first or last in the match.
Stat attack: Norwich’s PL matches have featured 2.75 yellow cards on average so far.
Man City have won both halves in three of their four league matches.
Man City kept five clean sheets in their first six top-flight away games of last season.
Will not play
Aarons M. J.
Referee: Friend K. (Eng),
Venue: Carrow Road (Norwich)