Manchester City 2 – 1 Leicester City
- Silva (29′ minutes), Manchester City
- de Jesus (36′ minutes pen) Manchester City
- Okazaki (42′ minutes) Leicester city
Wilfred Bony and young Nigerian forward Kelechi Ihenacho are expected to star once again with Norwich City visiting the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed the duo to once again fill in for the injured Sergio Aguero.
Aguero injured his hamstring while on international duty with Argentina earlier this month and is expected to be out until early November.
However, in the prolific striker’s absence, Bony has scored three times and young forward Iheanacho marked his first senior start with a goal in Wednesday’s 5-1 League Cup victory over Crystal Palace – somewhat ominous form for Norwich, beaten 7-0 at City in the corresponding fixture in November 2013.
Pablo Zabaleta was withdrawn with a knee injury in the fourth-round win and is doubtful to be back this weekend, although David Silva could return from an ankle problem, with Pellegrini keen for his attacking players to make the most of Aguero’s absence again.
“I think in this moment it’s important for the team to have Kelechi and Bony as options without Kun,” he said.
“They can play both together as they did [against Palace] – Bony played well, of course Kelechi was very impressive but Wilfried is quiet as he knows he has my trust and his team-mates’ trust.
“Kun is impossible to replace but we know we have another option in attack.”
Key Opta Stats:
– Manchester City have lost just two of their 14 Premier League clashes with Norwich, winning seven and drawing five.
– Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in six goals in his six Premier League appearances this season, scoring three and assisting three).
– Norwich City are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
– Norwich players have scored a total of three own-goals in their last four top-tier clashes with Manchester City.
– Norwich have now lost three in a row in the league – they last lost four consecutive league games back in April 2014.
While the Premier League leaders, who are top on goal difference ahead of Arsenal, are unbeaten in six games across all competitions, Alex Neil’s Norwich have not won in the league since a 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth last month.
Defeat on penalties at Everton in midweek in the League Cup made it four losses in a row for Norwich, who have taken nine points from their opening 10 league matches since returning to the top flight.
Dieumerci Mbokani should return from illness for the trip to Manchester, Neil having rested a host of senior players for their cup defeat on Merseyside.
“I thought all the boys that came in performed really well so that makes it difficult going forward,” the Norwich boss told the club’s official website.
“Obviously Saturday is a different kettle of fish. We’ve got to make sure we balance that out come the weekend, but some of them will be vying for a place.
“I thought every one of them ran themselves into the ground and you can’t ask for any more than that.”
Full Champions League group draw
Group A: Paris St-Germain, Real
Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo
Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United,
CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg
Group C: Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana,
Group D: Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group E: Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma,
Group F: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiakos, Dinamo Zagreb
Group G: Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Group H: Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent
– Spain present unprecedented five
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will find out their Champions League group stage rivals when the draw is made on Thursday..
Chelsea are in pot one alongside fellow seeds
Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Juventus,
Paris St Germain, Zenit St Petersburg and PSV
Arsenal, City and United are in pot two, along with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Porto and
The 32 teams in the draw will be put into eight groups of four.
In a change to previous seasons, pot one will be made up of holders Barcelona and League winners of the top seven European leagues –
Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Russia – rather than being based on club co-efficients.
As Spanish side Barcelona won last season’s competition, Dutch champions PSV go into
the top pot as Netherlands are the eighth-ranked association.
A team from each of the four pots will be drawn into the eight groups, with no more than one team from any one country in each group.
Five star Spain
Spain are the first nation to have five teams qualify for the Champions League group
stages this season.
Valencia beat Monaco in a Champions League
qualifying play-off to reach the last 32 and they joined Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real
Madrid and Sevilla, who qualified as Europa League winners.
Spanish teams have won four of the last seven Champions League, with Barcelona
defeating Juventus in May’s final.
Spain also lead Uefa’s club coefficient rankings – the system used to decide which
leagues get most qualifying spots for its competitions – by a considerable margin.
One: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea , Juventus, Paris St. Germain, Zenit,
Two: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City, Manchester United , Real Madrid, Porto, Valencia
Three: CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Kiev, Lyon, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Roma, Shakhtar
Four: Astana, BATE Borisov, B. Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmo
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By Segun Jawolusi
Published Wednesday 26th August, 2015
A north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur headlines the third round of this season’s Capital One Cup after the next round of fixtures was confirmed Tuesday
That Premier League collision won’t be the only derby to watch, though, after Aston Villa
drew Birmingham City in what promises to be a spicy meeting between the west Midlands
The eight Premier League teams involved in European competition, including reigning
League Cup champions Chelsea, made their way into the melee Tuesday after receiving byes in the previous rounds.
Full fixtures is as follows :
Middlesbrough vs. Wolves
Norwich City vs. West Brom
Hull City vs. Swansea
LeicesterCity vs. West Ham
Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City Tottenham vs. Arsenal
Manchester United vs. Ipswich
Liverpool vs. Carlisle
Crystal Palace vs. Charlton Athletics
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Sunderland vs. Manchester City
Newcastle vs. Shuffled Wed
Reading vs. Barnsley
Preston North End vs. Bournemonth
Walsall vs. Chelsea
MK Dons vs. Southampton
Paddy Power are offering new customers a risk-free enhanced bet of 9/1 on Arsenal to beat City and over 2.5 goals
Arsenal host Manchester City on Saturday – and Paddy Power are offering new customers a risk-free enhanced bet of 9/1 on the Gunners to win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Those odds are part of a two-way deal for new customers, with City to win and over 2.5 goals in the game also available at a huge price of 8/1.
The Irish bookmaker will also refund your original stake as a free bet if your selection loses.
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Arsène Wenger’s side will be desperate to return to winning ways after their disappointing 1-1 draw at Leicester City before the international break.
The Gunners have picked up five points from their opening three Premier League games and earned a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the same fixture last season.
Arsenal are currently available at 15/8 to win Saturday’s match with Paddy Power, while the draw is priced at 23/10.
City, meanwhile, travel to north London equally in need of a positive result following their shock 1-0 defeat by Stoke City at Etihad Stadium in their last outing.
That surprise result against the Potters came after the Citizens kicked off their top-flight title defence with back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Liverpool.
Manchester City, who sealed a 6-3 win over Arsenal at Etihad Stadium last year, are currently available at 6/4 to win in north London.
Paddy Power’s price boost on over 2.5 goals and Arsenal to win at 9/1 or City to win at 8/1 is sure to tempt plenty of punters into a flutter ahead of this crunch clash at The Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.
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