Manchester City will be travelling to face Norwich City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, as Manuel Pellegrini’s men look to win the cup for the sixth time.
Manchester City may be disappointed by their recent form and will want to return to winning ways. Sitting at the third position on the Premier League table, the Manchester side lost 2-1 at Everton in the first leg of the League Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
As Pep Guardiola’s shadow looms over the Etihad, Pellegrini will make sure his side ends the season with at least one piece of silverware.
As for Norwich City, the dream to lift the cup for the first time is still very much alive, as Norwich boss Alex Neil will get his first taste of the FA Cup as a manager this weekend. Though playing this one at home, they still remain the underdogs for the match and can only hope they end the game as victors against the men in blue.
Midfielder Vadis Odjidja would be hoping to start the match after showing good form from the bench during last weekend’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Southampton.
Luckily, Norwich have no new injury concerns. Moreover, defender Andre Wisdom and winger Matt Jarvis may return to the squad following hamstring and knee problems, respectively.
Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis will be the only senior centre backs available for the away side, due to the injury sustained by Eliaquim Mangala against Everton.
However, striker Wilfried Bony, who was unfit during midweek due to a calf problem, may be returning for the side.
Pellegrini may choose to rest Sergio Aguero for the match, as youngster Kelechi Iheanacho may be called upon to replace him. Raheem Sterling is also an option as he was unused substitute in the last match.
Key players such as David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne may also be left out.
Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri remain sidelined.
Manchester City have not lost an away FA Cup game since 2010.
Norwich have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Man City in all competitions, losing eight of those.
They have met three times in the FA Cup before, with Man City winning twice – 5-0 in 1939 and 6-0 in 1981 – and Norwich winning in 1963.
Date: Saturday, 9th January, 2015
Venue: Carrow Road
Time: 15:00 BST
Referee: M. Dean
Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Tettey, O’Neil, Brady; Hoolahan; Jerome
Manchester City: Caballero; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Delph, Sterling; Bony
Norwich City 0-2 Manchester City