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Norwich v Man City: Citizens will capitalise on chance to close gap

| 13.04.2012

With their title challenge well and truly back on after Wednesday’s results, Manchester City can beat Norwich at 4/7 on Saturday, and make up further ground on Manchester United in the process.

A tremendous victory away to Tottenham last week saw Norwich move up to 10th place, but they will struggle to justify 5/1 odds to beat a side who bested them 5-1 earlier in the season at Eastlands.

The draw meanwhile, is an 11/4 chance, and that seems the best the home side can hope for, bearing in mind that a stalemate has been their finest result in the past five meetings between the sides.

Roberto Mancini’s City have yet to go into half-time of an away game behind, and with that in mind, the 7/5 odds for the away side to be leading at the break and the final whistle in this match look appealing.

They have also gone into the break of almost half their Premier League matches this term in front, and it may pay dividends to back the Citizens to win both halves, for which they are a 9/4 chance.

Also, free-scoring City look good to continue racking up healthy goal totals, and further extend their lead at the top of the league’s scoring charts.

Mancini’s side are 11/10 to win a match featuring three or more goals, and this price deserves serious attention, as do the 11/8 odds for City to win giving up a one goal start, as they did so comfortably in the reverse fixture at Eastlands.

Carlos Tevez’s first start since linking back up with the first team squad coincided with his first goal of the season on Wednesday night, and the Argentinian striker is a 4/1 shot to get the opener at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 7/2 favourite Sergio Aguero hit a brace in that midweek win over West Brom, and could break the deadlock with a 27th goal of the season in all competitions.



John Klee