Before the week began, City had come off a rather boring Manchester Derby looking for an offensive burst to hold them over until the return of Sergio Aguero. That was until the Wednesday Capital One Cup performance against Crystal Palace proved that adding a second striker up top was the antidote to a rather drab weekend performance.
While that was a very useful tactical change seeing that City ended up scoring five goals, it's likely a move that we cannot expect from match to match. However, with Wilfried Bony seemingly stalling out at striker and the emergence of Kelechi Iheanacho, it gives City a new dynamic when it comes to facing the other City, Norwich City.
Norwich have had a brutal October thus far, as the newly promoted side have dropped three straight league matches in addition to a loss on penalties in the week against Everton. Nathan Redmond has been the lone bright spot with four goals in league play, but aside from that, there really isn't much to sing about when it comes to the Canaries.
This is one of those matches where City should cruise comfortably, and although David Silva will reportedly miss this match, expect him back during the week against Sevilla. The back line will be without the services of Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta, but the defense has been nothing short of class since the team last lost against Spurs.
Fernando and Fernandinho have also been hounds in the midfield, clogging up lanes and providing Yaya Toure the freedom to play tucked in behind the striker, and while Toure was noticeably quiet in the Derby, he did provide quite a bit of space for the wing players to be creative. Even with the earlier point involving Iheanacho, we will likely see him come off the bench, it's welcoming to see that he has stepped up at any opportunity provided to him.
Expect City to win comfortably, the only concern will be keeping players healthy for the match against Sevilla during the week.
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