Man City vs. Norwich City Online Sportsbetting Preview
The current league leaders, Manchester City, are doing just fine despite the absence of their leading striker Sergio Aguero and the team’s No. 1 playmaker David Silva. After holding City rivals Manchester United on the road last weekend, the Citizens went on a goal rampage in midweek, beating Crystal Palace 5-1 to progress to the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup, commonly known as the League Cup.
Up next for City is a Saturday soccer betting trap game against Norwich, a team that sits just above the relegation zone at position 16, but has enough sting to deliver an online sportsbetting upset over the home-favored Manchester City. Here is all you need to know about placing your wagers on this game, including the key matchups that are likely to determine the game’s winner.
Manchester City vs. Norwich City Free Online Soccer Betting Preview and Picks
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM ET
TV: NBCSN and Telemundo
Soccer Lines: Manchester City to win 1/4, Draw 5/1, Norwich City to win 10/1
Man City have proved to be the most on-form team in the league, and will be hoping to continue the same this weekend. Even so, City was a bit too lethargic in front of goal against their bitter rivals. Manchester United. In large part, that was due to solid United backline, a fact they affirmed when they thumped Crystal Place 5-1 to proceed to the fifth round of the League Cup. Even so, City has occasionally been caught wanting when trying to overplay the ball in middle of the park. Such a tendency will need to be avoided, as Norwich is team that lives and dies on counter-attacks, something that could see the Citizens struggle in the defense if they lose possession in the midfield.
Most notably, City have been free-scoring its opponents this season, garnering 24 goals in ten games, which is the highest tally in the league currently. So even without Aguero and Silva, the on-form Wilfried Bony should be able to lead the offense, supported by the likes of Kevin DeBruyne and Jesus Navas. After all, they’ll be facing a porous Norwich defense that has conceded a whopping 21 goals in 10 games, numbers that encourage a blowout win from the extremely talented City offense.
Norwich, on the other hand, enters this game having not managed a win in over a month and still licking their wounds after the heartbreaking loss to Everton in the League Cup through a penalty shootout. Despite all that, Norwich gave decent regular-time performance against Everton, which should motivate them for a spirited show against City.
On the season, they have scored 14 goals this season, eight of those have come on the road. Going against a City defense that has conceded just four goals at home will definitely be a challenge, especially considering the talent that protects the formidable Joe Hart in front of the goal. Still, if they can knock City’s defensive door relentlessly, something may just give in, so they should not go to Etihad feeling too inferior to try.
Defensively, Norwich has been poor quite poor, allowing 12 goals in their five home games, a key reason they have struggled in the league, managing just nine points from a possible 30. But then again, if they can approach this game with the same mentality like they did against Everton, then maybe this game won’t be a blowout win for City, as is expected by many bettors.
- Manchester City: Aguero, Silva, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph
- Norwich City: Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
- Manchester City: WDWWW,
- Norwich: DLLLD
Key Betting trends
- Man City are 4-1 at home this season
- Man City are 7-1-2 against Norwich in the last 10
- Man City are 7-1-2 this season in the league
- Norwich have only won once against City in the last 10 games
- Norwich have beaten City once in the last five meetings away.
- Norwich are 2-3-5 this season in the league
- Norwich are 1-2-2 on the road in the league this season
Man City vs. Norwich Game Predictions
The hosts look good enough to choose from the two teams, both statistically and realistically. They always score at will against smaller teams and the lowly Norwich should no exception. But make no mistake, after a solid show against Everton, Norwich look improved defensively, which should allow them to thwart some Man City attacks. All in all, bet on Man City to get a win, but it will not be a high-scoring victory over Norwich, considering both teams aren’t well-rested from their midweek games. Free Soccer Picks: Man City Wins 2-0 over Norwich, with Joe Hart keeping a clean sheet.