Norwich City v Manchester City Premier League Betting Tips 12/02/2022
Norwich and Man City are battling at opposite ends of the Premier League table and they meet at Carrow Road on Saturday. Dean Smith’s Norwich has improved hugely in recent weeks as they battle to avoid the drop. Although, they face one of their toughest tests of the season by welcoming Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Man City. This fixture will kick off at 5:30p.m on Saturday and the game is being shown on Sky Sports.
Norwich has given themselves a good chance of Premier League survival in recent weeks. The Canaries drew 1-1 at home against Crystal Palace and they are unbeaten in their last three in the Premier League. Man City remain top of the Premier League after comfortably defeating Brentford 2-0 in mid-week. The result followed a 4-1 win against Fulham in the FA Cup.
In terms of team news, Norwich players Ozan Kabak, Josh Sargent, Andrew Omobamidele and Lukas Rupp are likely to return to the fold this weekend. But, the match comes too soon for Tim Krul (shoulder) and Jakob Sorensen (knee). For City, Gabriel Jesus is the only potential injury concern and he could return on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, the matchwinner odds favour Man City heavily to win this fixture. Following a run of 15 wins in their last 17 matches, City are backed to win at 2/11 by 10Bet. It is hard to ignore City due to their impressive form and they are our pick to win this week. But, backing Norwich could lead to big returns if they continue their current upturn in form. The Canaries have won three of their last four in all competitions and they have lost once in their last six. For an unlikely Norwich win, SpreadEx will return 20/1, while SBK are offering 38/5 for a draw.
With little value on a Man City win at Carrow Road, checking the handicap markets is a good way to add some value. Considering the Citizens have thrashed Norwich 5-0 in their last two meetings, there could be some value on a -2 handicap. Betfair will provide decent odds of 7/5 for a -2 Man City handicap. But, a safer option is to back Guardiola’s side to cover a -1 handicap at Carrow Road. This season, City have scored the second most away goals in the Premier League (23), averaging just under two goals per game. Norwich has also failed to score in four of their last six at home and a 2-0 win to cover the -1 handicap could be in play. At 1/ 2 odds, Betfred has the best value for the -1 City handicap.
As City are clear favourites to win, choosing a goalscorer from their ranks could pay off this weekend. For Norwich, few players carry a serious goal threat. Although, top-scorer Teemu Pukki was back on the scoresheet against Palace on Wednesday and he may be worth an outside punt at 4/1, provided by Betway. From City’s squad, Riyad Mahrez is the clear option to score at any time against Norwich. The Algerian forward has been in top form recently, scoring three in his last two and eight in his last seven. Also, Mahrez scored twice in his last two matches against Norwich and there are decent returns when choosing Unibet’s 6/5 odds.
Norwich are on a decent run of form and they may fancy their chances at home. But they will need to be at their absolute best to take anything for the high-flying Citizens. As always, we’d like to remind you that we always try to provide good value by tipping the best odds available. But, please remember that they are never certain winners. Always ensure you are gambling responsibly. For more detail on bookmaker’s available free bets, please check out our homepage for up-to-date, great value betting offers.