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Norwich v Man City Preview:

Premier League: Saturday, 14th April 2012 12:45

Author: Thomas Rooney 10/04/2012

Manchester City will be hoping to keep their faint title hopes alive this weekend when they take on a Norwich City team that are loving life in the top flight on Saturday afternoon.

The lunch-time kick-off on Saturday is a game Roberto Manciniís men simply have to win if they are to challenge for the title this year. This is after they fell eight points behind Manchester United with defeat at Arsenal last time out.

Considering they once lead the way by eight points, it has been an extremely disappointing run for City. Now, they could even win all of their remaining games and still not win the league.

They are relying on Manchester United losing at least three times between now and the end of the season. Something which, considering their current form, seems very unlikely indeed.

It would hurt City even more if they simply handed the title to United though. They need to keep fighting and make sure Sir Alex Fergusonís men have to work hard for their success. With this in mind, they simply must win at Carrow Road this weekend.

This will be no easy feat though as Norwich are having a fantastic season. Fresh from their excellent victory at White Hart Lane at the weekend, they are 10th in the table and 14 points above the relegation zone.

The Canaries had gone on a slightly frustrating run over the last few weeks, but a hard fought point at home to Everton, followed by the famous victory at Tottenham means they go into this game full of confidence.

It has been a trait of Paul Lambertís men not to fear anybody this season too. They never go into a game looking for a draw, no matter who the opponents are. They want to win and take the game to the opposition from the start.

Despite Norwichís ever improving form and Cityís recent struggles, it is without doubt a game that the away team are expected to win. They beat Norwich 5-1 when the two teams met earlier this season.

It might not be as convincing this time around though. Norwich fans will be in full voice as their team looks to dent Cityís title hopes and the form of Manciniís men on the road is poor with five defeats in their last ten away games.

However, with their backs against the wall, it is the former league leaders that will nick the points in this one. Norwich will play their part in an entertaining game, but in the end Manchester City will secure a 2-1 victory.

Match prediction: Man City @ 7/10 with Betfair

Correct Score prediction: Norwich 1-2 Man City @ 39/5 with Betfair

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