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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(40) 33 Goals 44 (64)
(27) 20 Assists 27 (44)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.9)
32.1 Average Age 31.5
181.7 Average Height (cm) 183.1
(0.9) 0.9 Shots pg 1.3 (1.3)
(48%) 44% Aerial Duel Success 51% (51%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.7)
(1.4) 1.1 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
John Ruddy Out 6.8
Andrew Surman Out 6.15
Steven Whittaker Out 6.78
Player Reason Status Rating
Micah Richards Out 7.34
Jack Rodwell Out 6.58
Gaël Clichy Doubtful 7.27
Aleksandar Kolarov Doubtful 6.8
Samir Nasri Doubtful 6.89
Mario Balotelli Doubtful 6.35

Team News

  • Despite defeat to Chelsea last time out Chris Hughton is unlikely to make many changes to his side, with Martin likely to remain at right-back in the absence of Steven Whittaker.
  • Elsewhere Jonny Howson will hope to get the nod over Bradley Johnson in midfield, while Elliott Bennett will vie for a place with Pilkington on the wing.
  • Grant Holt was deemed fit enough to start on Boxing Day and despite failing to register a single shot at goal he should keep his place this weekend.
  • Roberto Mancini has no fresh injury concerns, though Kolarov, Nasri, Clichy and Balotelli are all still doubtful.
  • The Italian is, however, likely to make changes after the defeat to Sunderland, with Barry, Dzeko and Lescott all in contention to start.
  • Tevez may drop to the bench, with Javi Garcia and James Milner perhaps also likely to miss out depending on the fitness of a number of players.


  • Manchester City have won each of their last 3 matches against Norwich, scoring 14 goals in the process, though they have never kept a clean sheet in the Premier League against the Canaries.
  • After an impressive defensive run Norwich have now conceded in each of their last 7 games and though Mark Bunn has deputised well in his absence, Hughton will be keen to have John Ruddy back available in the New Year.
  • City must bounce back from defeat in midweek if they are to sustain their title challenge having fallen 7 points behind United, so a win here is imperative.
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