Manchester City will be aiming to close the gap on Manchester United this weekend when they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City on Saturday lunch-time, with Mancini’s men taking the majority of the money at 4/7.
Despite everyone saying that the title race was all but over last week, Manchester United’s defeat to Wigan during the week has given Roberto Mancini’s men hope and now they are determined to capitalise on it.
If Man City manage to win at Norwich on Saturday, they would reduce the gap between themselves and the league leaders to just two points.
The pressure would then be on United for their game at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Manchester City can be encouraged by their return to form during the week too. After a frustrating couple of weeks, they looked back to near their fluent best during the 4-0 victory over West Brom.
Carlos Tevez was back in the starting line-up and marked the occasion with a goal, while his partnership with fellow Argentinean Sergio Aguero looks to be a very promising one indeed.
There is no doubt that Mancini’s men need to improve their away form though. In their last ten away games in the league, they have only won twice and this has been the main reason United have overtaken them. They must improve on this record immediately.
As for Norwich, they will be looking forward to this contest against Manchester City and will be in confident mood after the excellent 2-1 win at Tottenham last time out.
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The famous victory at White Hart Lane moved the Canaries to 43 points and they are now all but assured their top flight status for next season. This means they can go into this weekend’s clash under very little pressure indeed.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, it ended in a 5-1 victory for Manchester City. They are of course the favourites for victory again, but this weekend’s clash is likely to be much tighter.
Norwich will be backed by a passionate home crowd and after the self-belief they obtained last weekend, they will be confident that they can get a positive result to all but end Manchester City’s title hopes.
This fascinating encounter kicks-off the weekend’s action in the Premier League and gets underway at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon.