Man City MCI Krul (OG 7'), Grealish (22'), Laporte (64'), Sterling (71'), Mahrez (84')
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Premier League Gameweek 2
Aug 21, 2021 KO: 14:00

Man City - Norwich

Etihad Stadium Manchester
Referee: Graham Scott
Krul (OG) 7'  
Grealish 22'  
Laporte 64'  
Sterling 71'  
Mahrez 84'  

Match preview

Defensive options back in – How Manchester City could line up against Norwich City

After their disappointing opening day loss, Manchester City could welcome back some key defenders on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola could welcome back some key players for Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Norwich City on Saturday.

The champions began their title defence in disappointing fashion, falling 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in London last weekend.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte all watched the defeat from the bench and could be hoping to make their first appearances of the season.

Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake could drop out of the starting XI to allow Walker and Stones a place each, but Laporte is likely to remain on the bench.

Oleksandr Zinchenko also sat on the bench for the entirety of City’s outing in London, and could come in to an almost entirely changed back four in place of Joao Cancelo. Only Cancelo’s compatriot, Ruben Dias, would keep his place.

The midfield should go unchanged, with new record signing Jack Grealish set for a home debut alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho. Gundogan suffered a minor knock to his shoulder against Spurs, but should be ok to start again.

Phil Foden remains an injury absentee, and Kevin De Bruyne is still short of 100% fitness and should be ready from the bench if needed.

With a deal for Harry Kane still as up in the air as it ever has been, much conjecture surrounds City’s options in the No.9 position.

Gabriel Jesus came off the bench against Spurs and failed to stamp his authority on the match, but he could still earn a start this weekend in place of Ferran Torres.

Raheem Sterling is likely to be called upon once again to play on the left wing, with Riyad Mahrez set to remain in place on the right.

Manchester City starting XI versus Norwich City

City - Football tactics and formations

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Norwich
  Average Match Rating  
6.8
  Home  
7.0
6.7
  Away  
6.9
6.7
  Total  
6.9

Match statistics

Man City
Statistics
Norwich
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
13
13
Draws
0
3
Losses
7
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
35
40
Goals Per Game
1.75
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
10
10
More > 3 Goals
3
7
Scored First in a Match
11
14
Scored Both Halves
5
7
Won More > 1 Goal
7
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
18
18
Did Not Score
4
3
Both Teams Scored
8
9
Kept Clean Sheet
8
8
Won Without Conceding
8
8
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
815
731
Possession
61
60
Passes
643
548
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
15
Shots on Target
4.85
5.20
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.14
Crosses
17
12
Offsides
1.39
2.31
Penalties
0.10
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
19
Interceptions
7.28
9.84
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
11
15
Total Shots Conceded
8.60
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.22
3.65
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
8.80
Yellow Cards
1.65
1.20
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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