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Norwich City vs Manchester City at Carrow Road

Carrow Road Referee : Kevin Friend
14th September 2019 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 3 Norwich City

    • ‘18' Kenny McLean
    • ‘28' Todd Cantwell
    • ‘50' Teemu Pukki
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘45' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘88' Rodrigo


Commentary By David Clayton


OK folks, disappointing day, but it's a long season and this game will quickly be forgotten. We're back in action on Wednesday away to Shakhtar, so see you then. Thanks for tuning in today...


Pep reaction

"It is football – we had many chances today, they had three or four and scored three goals. The first one was a set-piece we didn’t defend, the second we were caught on the counter-attack and the third came from a mistake, but we know what we are as a team, we know what we have done and we know what we are going to do. I love my players and it’s a pleasure to be with them."


It will be interesting to see what Pep made of this. Defensively, we were far from our best and two of the goals were from errors. Still, if you're going to get a bad day at the office out of your system, do it early in the season


Home fans go nuts and Pep out congratulating the home players. Who would have called this? We looked leggy and not ourselves today and we have slipped five points behind Liverpool. It is very early days yet, but this is not a game City would have looked at and thought we would have headed home empty-handed


Sterling cuts inside and fires a shot that Jesus gets a touch on - Aguero says he should have left it for him and we're now looking at a damaging loss here


Walker gives away a free-kick on the corner of the box but it is gathered by Ederson - 10 minutes left - a goal in the next couple of minutes would make it interesting but time is against us here


City need to make a change here - Norwich have the wind in their sails now and it's all self-inflicted I'm afraid. Gab Jesus and KDB about to come on


Incidentally, the last time we were 2-0 down? Last March, against Swansea in the FA Cup. It, of course, ended 2-3 in our favour... same again, please Blues


Kun is also the first City player since Franny Lee in 1971/72 to score in six consecutive top flight matches (including his goal against Brighton last May)


Some nice Aguero stats - he's only the third player in the Premier League era to score consecutively in the first five league games of the season - Jose Antonio Reyes and Wayne Rooney are the other two



City back in it with the second-half to come, I think we'll see a different game after the break. Norwich went to sleep there and it's cost them. That said, I still can't believe we're losing this


Wow! The ball is almost caught by John Stones (accidentally) from a corner but the referee turns down penalty appeals and there's no VAR check - that could have been curtains!


The Canaries keeping it compact in the middle of the pitch, letting City have plenty of possession but you could throw a blanket over seven or eight of their players when we get near the edge of the box


Just a few minutes to kick-off. What's your score prediction?

I feel there will be quite a few goals in this one and that it will be entertaining - but time will tell...


Pep's pre-match thoughts...

"Norwich are a really good, attacking side. They are playing the same way they did last season when they won the Championship. Why should they change?"

On John Stones...

"John Stones has nothing to prove - he has done what he's done consistently over the last three seasons. He will have more chances, but we still have huge competition with Fern and guys who have come through the Academy.

"He just has to be himself and he will be fine."


One in 14...

Norwich have beaten City just once in 14 Premier League meetings - a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the 2012/13 season. Jack Rodwell scored both our goals that day. There have been six draws and seven City wins during that run...


Canary woes?

The Canaries have something of an injury crisis at present.

This is how the BBC report it: "Norwich face an injury crisis, with eight players ruled out and Tim Krul, Ben Godfrey and Grant Hanley doubtful.

"Hanley isn't fit to start, so if fellow centre-back Godfrey cannot play then a makeshift defence will be needed.

"Max Aarons, Christoph Zimmermann, Mario Vrancic, Moritz Leitner and Tom Trybull have all picked up injuries, while Timm Klose and Onel Hernandez remain absent and Patrick Roberts is ineligible."


City will be looking to continue a 100% away record this season and make it a perfect 10 of successive Premier League away wins. Chelsea and City hold the current record of 11...


Team news 🗒

John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are both back and in contention for a starting place for the game at Norwich on Saturday.

Having enjoyed a fine preseason, Stones suffered a thigh injury that has kept him out since the win over West Ham on the opening day of the Premier League campaign. 

And Jesus has missed the wins over Bournemouth and Brighton after picking up a hamstring strain in training. 

But Pep Guardiola has confirmed both are fit and ready to play at Carrow Road – as is Ilkay Gundogan, who had been struggling with a stomach bug in recent days. 

Meanwhile, Guardiola says Aymeric Laporte will be out for up to six months, while Benjamin Mendy is doing well after returning from a long-term knee injury.

A metatarsal problem, followed by successive knee injuries, restricted Mendy to just 15 appearances in our Fourmidables campaign and he missed our tour of Asia in order to focus on regaining his fitness.

He is now back in training and looking sharp, but Guardiola admits given the extent of his recent setbacks, his reintroduction to the side will need to be carefully managed.

The boss also gave us an update on Leroy Sane, who suffered a knee injury 12 minutes into our Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Guardiola says he is now back at the CFA to complete his rehabilitation, with a return early in the new year likely.


It's matchday! ⚽

A very good morning to you on this beautiful sunny day!

The wait is over... City are back in Premier League action today, locking horns with newly-promoted Norwich City at Carrow Road this evening (5:30pm BST).

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here on the Matchday Centre so stay tuned... and let us know your thoughts on the game on Twitter using #CMONCITY!

Other games that day

  • Liverpool3
    Newcastle United1
  • Manchester United1
    Leicester City0
  • Sheffield United0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers2
  • Tottenham Hotspur4
    Crystal Palace0
  • Bournemouth0
  • Watford0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 5 +11 15
3 Tottenham Hotspur 5 +5 8
4 Manchester United 5 +4 8
5 Leicester City 5 +2 8
6 Chelsea 5 0 8
7 Arsenal 4 0 7
8 Everton 4 0 7
9 West Ham United 4 -1 7
10 Southampton 5 -1 7
11 Crystal Palace 5 -3 7
12 Norwich City 5 -3 6
13 Burnley 5 -1 5
14 Sheffield United 5 -1 5
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 -3 5
16 Bournemouth 4 -3 4
17 Newcastle United 5 -4 4
18 Aston Villa 4 -2 3
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -4 3
20 Watford 4 -6 1
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