Get ready for some Moon Walking at Carrow Road!
Norwich v Manchester City
English Premier League
Saturday 12:30 - live on Sky Sports 2
Match Odds: Norwich 9/2 Draw 3/1 Man City 4/7
No one is quite sure whether or not Roberto Mancini has grasped the concept of mind games in the closing stages of the Premier League, but one thing's for sure, he has us all guessing. Despite thumping the Baggies 4-0 whilst Manchester United lost 1-0 against Wigan, he denied that this would have any bearing on the title race as it "is over." However with the advantage down to five points and the Manchester Derby still to come it's doubtful that Roberto Mancini would be happy finishing second to Manchester United because they are "not on the moon".
If they are to make a bid for the title this season then they must first get past Norwich who have only lost four games at home this season. Combine that with the Citizens dismal away record where they have only managed eight points and only four goals in their last nine games and the title race really could be over before the other half of Manchester take on Villa this Sunday.
The signs were positive on Wednesday for Roberto Mancini. Mario Balotelli began his latest spell of suspension which looked to be a blessing at the Etihad as it allowed the free flowing football seen earlier in the season between Aguero, Silva and Nasri to be produced again. Carlos Tevez also made an impact, his runs and distributing brought a cutting edge to City's play that reminded us why he is paid such extortionate amounts of money each week. He and compatriot Sergio Aguero are both 7/2 to score the first goal at Carrow Road and both 10/11 about anytime goalscorers.
Sergio Aguero also produced a stunning display against West Brom, his athletic ability got him that extra yard to help set up the Tevez goal and also got on the score sheet twice himself. However 17 of Sergio Aguero's 19 Premier League goals this season have come at home and he is yet to score outside of Manchester or London, he is 4/1 for 2 or more this time out.
Norwich have been the surprise package this year with Paul Lambert 7/2 third favourite to pick up the manager of the year award. Grant Holt's 15 Premier League goals have been a vital ingredient to their success and he has proven to be a man for the big stage with goals against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle this season. The big number 9 is 8/1 about the first at Carrow road on Saturday and is a healthy 11/4 about anytime.
For the good of the Premier League three points for City would be a great result for the neutral, however, the fact remains that Mancini's men are 7/2 outsiders for the League title whist Sir Alex Ferguson's stuttering champions are as short as 1/6 for glory. If the gap can be reduced to just two points on Saturday the pressure will be on The Reds and you never know, Roberto Mancini's "mind games" may begin to take hold. Manchester City -1 goal at 13/10 looks to be money well spent in this one and with Kompany and Lescott back in the fray, 6/5 about Both Teams Not To Score also stands out.