Manchester City and norwich are the best entertainers of the Premier League this season, making 33 goals.
The Canaries will take in their third’big-six’ competitions this season on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, when reigning champions Manchester City see Carrow Road. On paper, this particular fixture stinks targets.
City have claimed their antics with a league-topping 14 aims from past term up to now, but Norwich also rank impressively in fifth with six aims – level with Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester.
Sergio Aguero shirts the scoring chart to his name, followed by team-mate Raheem Sterling about five – .
At the opposite end of the pitch, the City are also watertight together with three – . But the exact same cannot be said for Daniel Farke’s side, who have conceded a 10 up to now.
The Canaries’ hard opening schedule exaggerates signals of frailties, but Farke is probably stick with his principles within an that weekend against the league finishers.
The Canaries set their stall at the season-opening 4-1 defeat at Liverpool, carrying the match to the winners with glimpses of promise – Pukki’s effectiveness before goal, play that was innovative and mostly.
Speaking after that match, Gary Neville said:”Norwich were glowing, inventive and attempted to play the ideal way. Teemu Pukki scoring was a very significant moment for Norwich City to provide the fans something to really go home on.”
Pukki’s goal proved catalytic from the early weeks, grabbing another in the 3-2 defeat prior to his goal streak stopped at West Ham last weekend and moving to score a match-winning hat-trick from Newcastle.
Against Chelsea, Farke’s undeterred attacking fashion against’big-six’ opposition piling forward to level the scores on two occasions until Tammy Abraham guaranteed three points for the traffic.
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Even the David vs Goliath analogy has become a cliche to describe sides facing the free-scoring juggernauts of Pep Guardiola in campaigns. It’s easy to find out why.
And plethora of records, newly-promoted teams have just collected four points throughout Guardiola’s reign – the most recent being Wolves in August this past year.
And then there’s the money. Compared with preceding transfer windows, City spent a comparatively modest #135m on signings this summer – but that is still 123 days the 1.1m spent with the Norfolk club.
But will Norwich make it third time lucky against’big-six’ competitions and pack a punch against the biggest giant?