Norwich return to Carrow Road on Saturday hoping to pick up their third win of the season.
The Canaries play fellow promoted side Aston Villa with both teams in much need of the three points.
This season, City have six points with all six being won at Carrow Road. Wins over Steve Bruce’s Newcastle and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, so, a home match against a fellow relegation candidate at home is a good opportunity to pick up some points.
Here’s how we predict City to lineup.
GK: Michael McGovern
If you’d have told McGovern at the start of the season that he’d be starting a Premier League game, he would have probably laughed at you but somehow he will on Saturday. Both Krul and Farhmann are unavailable due to injury so not only will City’s third choice keeper start either Johnson or McCracken will have to be on the bench.
LB: Jamal Lewis
Originally thought to have a broken elbow it is maybe a surprise to some he is likely to start. The left back has been one of City’s best players this season but he is yet to register an assist. Tomorrow wouldn’t be a bad to to put that right.
CB: Ben Godfrey
An ever present this season, Godfrey has been pretty much faultless just like the last campaign. Unlike last season where Godfrey and Zimmermann were the Canaries centre back partnership for most of the season, Godfrey has had Hanley, Amadou and Zimmermann at the back with him but whoever he has been paired with, he has been brilliant. Also, given the honour of the captains armband against Crystal Palace at the age of just 21.
CB: Ibrahim Amadou
He’s likely to slot into centre-back after Grant Hanley was ruled out.
RB: Max Aarons
Back earlier than expected when he started against Crystal Palace last week and put in a decent performance. But with Byram’s performances against Manchester City and Burnley, Aarons will have to put in a good performance to keep his place in the team.
CM: Moritz Leitner
The German is expected to start in midfield.
CM: Kenny McLean
We’ve picked McLean over Leitner to partner Amadou purely because of his willingness to get back and with both McGinn and Grealish in Villa’s team, both midfielders will have to be happy to get back.
LM: Todd Cantwell
A minor doubt for the game, City will need a performance similar to Manchester City from him tomorrow. Unstoppable on his day, Cantwell has struggled with consistency since he broke into the first team almost two years ago.
RM: Patrick Roberts
City’s first signing of the summer, Roberts is yet to get a start in the Premier League but with Steipermann’s poor run of form surly he deserves a chance.
CAM: Emi Buendia
Arguably City’s best creative player this season, the Argentinian will have to keep feeding Pukki or it will most likely be a crucial win for Villa.
ST: Teemu Pukki
Two games without a goal is a long time for City’s revived goal machine and Villa would be the perfect opponent to end his mini goal drought.