The Canaries face a high flying Bournemouth side on the South Coast with Norwich in desperate need of points.
Only scoring one goal since that historic win over the champions of England, City need to get some points on the board.
Poor defensively has been the story of their season already conceding twenty-one goals, so facing a high scoring Bournemouth side that have already netted thirteen times isn’t the best opposition for City at this moment.
As for the Canaries opponents, Bournemouth, they sit tenth and have played some free flowing attacking football at times. Though no where near as lacklustre defensively as Norwich, the Cherries have had some issues at times conceding thirteen times – cancelling out their impressive work going forward.
Daniel Farke has been given an injury boost, with Tim Krul, Alex Tettey, Todd Cantwell, Jamal Lewis, Kenny McLean, Tom Trybull, Sam Byram and Onel Hernandez all available again.
With that in mind, here is our predicted XI…
McGovern put in an impressive display against Aston Villa despite conceding five goals but we predict that Krul will get the nod over the Northern Ireland international. Krul started the season impressively pulling off some of his best saves in a City shirt before his injury just before the international break.
A certain starter after his performance against Crystal Palace. He was one of City’s main threats going forward at Selhurst Park but could improve defensively. He’ll have to be switched on for the full ninety minutes tomorrow as he’ll have to mark Josh King who’s already bagged two goals this season.
City’s captain in the last two outings, Godfrey had to have surgery during the international break but he should be back for tomorrow’s encounter. If he is back he will be vital to the Canaries defensively, like he has been all season long.
Despite a poor performance against Aston Villa and giving away a clumsy penalty against Crystal Palace, we’ve put the Frenchman in over Hanley. He has shown great potential at times including a man of the match performance against Manchester City so he could have a great game and a mare tomorrow.
Lewis has stepped up this year being one of City’s best players. A contender for Norwich’s September player of the month, he will be hoping he can carry on his form into this month and help his team get out of the relegation places.
Back after an injury sustained before the August international break, his defensive cover will be key if City are to win tomorrow.
The Scot hasn’t been on top form this season but has shown his quality on occasions. We’ve chosen McLean over Leitner purely because if his superior defensive ability which he will need tomorrow against some very able attacking players.
Another who missed international football due to injury, Cantwell has stepped up this season becoming a vital creative player for City. The Dereham born playmaker divided opinion last season but this campaign he has nailed down a consistent starting place and will be hoping to add to his tally of two goals tomorrow.
The German struggled with the pace of the Premier League but Farke has kept faith in him so it’s about time to repay the faith in him with a good performance on the South Coast.
Emi has shown his form from last campaign on a couple occasions but has struggled with consistency. If he can show his class on a more regular basis City should have a good chance of winning tomorrow and get out of the relegation zone.
Pukki started the season on fire but has struggled in the last few games, leading to his teams lack of goals. After an international break where he scored twice to all but seal second place in the group for his country, he’ll be hoping to carry on that form this Saturday.