Friday, 13 April 2012

City vs Norwich: Match Preview

Can we narrow the gap at the top to just two points? 

By Aaron Leggott

After a hugely disappointing fortnight for City fans, a rainbow of hope shone across the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night after a Sergio Aguero inspired performance helped lift the Blues closer to United, who coincidentally slipped up at the DW Stadium as Wigan beat them 1-0.
Now the gap is just five points, and if City win each of their remaining games the pressure will certainly be cranked up with United looking to add to their 19 impressive league titles.

Roberto Mancini knows that the trip to Carrow Road won't be as straight forward as the reverse fixture at the start of December, where a rampant City put on a five star show to brush the Canaries aside. 

Since then, Norwich have pushed on and find themselves in a great position after an unlikely victory at White Hart Lane on Easter Monday, and it's safe to say Paul Lambert's side will be hosting Premier League football for another year at least.

The East Anglian side have only lost one of their last seven home games, which means City are going to have work hard for a victory in tomorrow afternoon's early kick off.

Thankfully for City fans, the return of the likes of Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Sergio Aguero is impeccable, whilst Mario Balotelli's absence on Wednesday night saw a resurgent side with arguably a greater team spirit.

Funnily enough, that team included a certain Carlos Tevez, who marked his first full start since the Munich debacle with a goal, and you wouldn't find many reasons to keep him out of the side tomorrow. One thing which might sway Mancini's mind is the Argentinian's lack of match fitness, and even though he played an hour on Wednesday night, Edin Dzeko could well make a return to the side.

Victory is imperative for the Blues if they are to sustain any sort of title hopes, and will hope to change the face of the title race just like Manchester United did at Carrow Road in February.

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