Manchester City-Norwich City Preview

The Associated Press

Chris Hughton insists Norwich City will be looking for a victory Saturday when they take on title-chasing Manchester City at Carrow Road despite losing 7-0 to the Citizens earlier in the season.

"The teams that have been successful against them are the ones that have defended well, and when the turnover has come and they have possession of the ball, they keep the ball," said the Norwich manager. "You know that they can score at any stage, so you have to make sure that you're aware of that and defend well, but we got into every game wanting to win that game.

"We know that we'll have a fantastic crowd behind us - we have to give them a performance to cheer about."

Norwich (6-6-12) are 15th in the standings but only two points above the relegation places after winning just one of their last nine Premier League matches.

The Canaries let slip a one-goal advantage to lose 2-1 at lowly Cardiff City last weekend. Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich the lead after just five minutes from Martin Olsson's low cross. After Norwich wasted several chances to score a second, Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones stepped in with second-half strikes to secure a valuable victory for the Welsh side that lifted them off the foot of the table.

Manchester City (17-2-5) missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the Premier League table Monday evening when they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. The result ended City's 100 percent home record in the league and snapped an 11-match winning streak in front of their own supporters.

The Citizens remain in second place, two points behind leaders Arsenal.

City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident City will bounce back from the Chelsea defeat and get their title challenge back on track.

"We were a little bit frustrated by the result, but this is football," Zabaleta. "We can learn from mistakes and we see how difficult the Premier League is at the moment. Every game is very difficult.

"We still have a chance in four competitions. We have important games coming up in February. We need to have a good rest now and be ready for Saturday. That is going to be another tough game, Norwich away."

Free-scoring City have netted 115 goals in all competitions, including 68 in 24 Premier League matches.

Manchester City's leading scorer Sergio Aguero, who has hit 26 goals in 25 games, missed the Chelsea match due to a hamstring injury and is not expected to return to action for three more weeks. Midfielders Fernandinho (muscle strain) and Samir Nasri (knee) also miss out again.

Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo could make his Norwich debut against City after signing on loan from Turkish club Fenerbahce. Centre back Ryan Bennett (thigh) is a major doubt, while defender Michael Turner (hamstring) and midfielder Jonny Howson (back) remain sidelined.

Norwich, meanwhile, have confirmed midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be in Saturday's squad after failing to secure a transfer to Aston Villa during the January window.

When City hammered Norwich 7-0 at the Etihad in November, seven different players found the net, though Norwich's Bradley Johnson and Russell Martin contributed own goals. David Silva, Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Aguero all scored at the right end.

The Citizens won on their last three visits to Carrow Road, scoring 13 times and conceding six in the process.

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