Champions Manchester City resume their Premier League campaign away to newly-promoted Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Carrow Road, Norwich, England
Key Stat: Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League matches, winning 17 of them.
Expert Verdict: Norwich City, and Teemu Pukki in particular, have caught the eye on their return to the Premier League but Manchester City will still expect to win this one. Pep Guardiola's side had already started to tick before the international break and they will be keen to pick up where they left off.
Grant Hanley is a doubt after picking up an injury prior to the international break, while Tom Trybull and Onel Hernandez were already out. Timm Klose has ruptured his cruciate ligament and will be a long-term absentee, while Christoph Zimmermann is being assessed after the foot ligament injury he suffered against West Ham.
Teemu Pukki – The Finn has started the season in excellent goalscoring form, for club and country, to pick up where he left off last season.
Todd Cantwell – Good link up with Pukki has put his name to the forefront already this season, and the young English winger also scored against Chelsea.
Tim Krul – The last line of defence against a Manchester City attacking unit that arrives in East Anglia in red-hot form.
Norwich earned their first win of the season when Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick against Newcastle, but the Canaries have lost all three matches since that 3-1 win. Pukki and Todd Cantwell scored at home to Chelsea but could not prevent a 3-2 defeat, while they bowed out of the Carabao Cup with a shock 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town. Last time out, meanwhile, they suffered a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.
Defenders:Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Ibrahim Amadou, Jamal Lewis
Defensive Midfielders:Alex Tettey, Moritz Leitner
Attacking Midfielders:Todd Cantwell, Marco Stiepermann, Emiliano Buendia
Aymeric Laporte has joined long-term absentees Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane on the injury list but John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are expected to return. Stones could slot in for Laporte. Ilkay Gundogan returned home early from international duty with a cold but is likely to be available.
Sergio Aguero – Started the season in fine goalscoring form with six in four games so far, including two in each of the last two league games.
Raheem Sterling – Continued his fine start to the season while away with England, having scored five goals already for City too.
Kevin de Bruyne – Instrumental to Manchester City’s win against Brighton and continued that form on international duty with Belgium against Scotland.
Manchester City have taken ten points from a possible 12 already this season, with only a last-minute goal disallowed by VAR against Tottenham Hotspur costing them maximum points. Since that 2-2 draw with Spurs, City have beaten Bournemouth 3-1 and Brighton 4-0. Sergio Aguero scored twice in each game, either side of Raheem Sterling’s strike against Bournemouth and between goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva most recently.
Defenders:Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Midfielders:Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, David Silva
Forwards:Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Norwich City have beaten Manchester City just once in the Premier League – and end-of-season win in May 2013. It is their only win in their last 13 matches against the Blues, though they did earn a goalless draw at home in March 2016 in their most recent meeting, prior to being relegated. In total, Manchester City have 36 wins in this fixture, while Norwich have just nine. There has also been 23 draws.
Manchester City have already taken ten points from a possible 12 so far this season and their key international players were in top form this week too.
Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling both caught the eye and will return to Premier League action looking to continue in their rich vein of form.
Add in Sergio Aguero’s goalscoring already this season and the continued brilliance of the their magician David Silva and it is not hard to see why they were back-to-back champions.
Norwich, on the other hand, have come into the Premier League and caught the eye already – Teemu Pukki has been in the goals and Todd Cantwell has racked up a good partnership with the Finn.
They have shipped too many goals, however, and that should be a worry ahead of this game – Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 14 times already this season and have seemingly not even hit top gear yet.
Manchester City also have an excellent record in this fixture, albeit they drew last time they met back in 2016, and will expect to continue that.
Norwich may have caught the eye at times this season, but Manchester City have already showed their own quality and the defending champions are going to be hard to stop.
Manchester City are big odds-on favourites to beat Norwich at Carrow Road, with Betfair offering the best price of 2/11 on an away win.
There are likely to be goals too – there have been at least four in all four matches the Blues have played this season. Over 3.5 goals will return 4/6 with Bet365.
Norwich do have their own attacking threats, however, and both teams to score has been set at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.
After six goals in four games so far this season, meanwhile, Sergio Aguero is 11/18 with 10Bet to score at any time. Raheem Sterling is 4/6 with Bet365.
Manchester City were starting to tick just before the international break and, if they can pick up where they left off, they will have too much quality for Norwich.