Manchester City and norwich will be the Premier League’s top entertainers this year, making 33 goals.
The Canaries will take on Saturday in their third’ big-six’ competitions this year, live on Sky Sports Premier League, when reigning champions Manchester City see Carrow Road. On paper, that particular fixture oozes targets.
City have maintained their free-scoring antics from last term to date with a 14 aims, but Norwich rank impressively in fifth with six purposes – level with Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester.
Sergio Aguero tops the graph with six to his name, followed closely by team-mate Raheem Sterling about five – who is level together with Norwich striker Teemu Pukki.
At the other end of the pitch, the City are watertight together with three conceded – just Crystal Palace have sent fewer. But the same cannot be mentioned for the side, who have surrendered a 10 up to now of Daniel Farke.
The Canaries’ tough opening program undoubtedly exaggerates signals of frailties, but Farke is probably stick to his assaulting principles within an unchanged 4-2-3-1 this weekend against the team’s most successful finishers.
The Canaries set their stall at the defeat at Liverpool, taking the match to the European winners with glimpses of promise – innovative play, primarily advanced full-backs and Pukki’s potency in front of goal.
Speaking after that game, Gary Neville said:”Norwich were bright, inventive and tried to play the right way. Teemu Pukki scoring was a significant time for Norwich City to provide the fans something to really go home ”
Indeed, Pukki’s goal was catalytic in the early weeks, moving to score a against Newcastle ahead of his goal streak ended at West Ham last weekend and grabbing another from the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.
Against Chelsea, Farke’s undeterred attacking style against’big-six’ resistance was bolstered, piling forward to level the scores on 2 occasions until Tammy Abraham secured three points for the traffic.
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The David vs Goliath analogy has become a cliche to explain newly-promoted sides confronting the free-scoring juggernauts of Pep Guardiola in attempts. It is simple to see why.
Along with the back-to-back titles of City and plethora of smashed records, newly-promoted teams also have collected four points from a possible 54 against City throughout Guardiola’s reign – the most recent Wolves in August .
And then there’s the money. Compared with previous transfer windows, City spent a relatively modest #135m on signings this summer – but that’s still 123 times the #1.1m invested by the Norfolk club.
But will Norwich ensure it is third time lucky against’big-six’ competitions and pack a punch against the giant?