After receiving a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United in the Capital One Cup, the last thing Norwich would have wanted was to return north to face the Red Devils’ Mancunian neighbours.
Manchester City have won all four home league games this season, scoring 13 goals in the process, and they are 1/5 to beat the Canaries.
Norwich are the last team to beat City in the league at the Etihad, just one of two losses the Citizens have suffered in their past 52 home games.
Chris Hughton’s side won that game 3-2 and remarkably that is the lowest scoring match of the two sides’ past five encounters.
City have won the other three games, 4-3, 6-1 and 5-1, making backing them to win with both sides to score at 2/1 a tempting option, especially as that bet would have won in each of Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s last six games this campaign.
Given their propensity for free-scoring matches, a better choice is to lump on over 3.5 goals at 23/20.
That bet would have won in four of City’s five home games in all competitions so far this season, and six of their last eight anywhere.
There have also been at least four goals in three of Norwich’s past four away games in all competitions, with the Canaries conceding four themselves in each of the last two trips away from Carrow Road.
Norwich have lost four of their last six league games, winning just one, slipping into the relegation zone as a result.
Chris Hughton is now priced at 4/1 in the next manager to leave market and an ill-timed trip to the Etihad is unlikely to help his cause.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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