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FA Cup Round 3 Preview: City @ Norwich

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Another batch of Cup games for Manchester City. Will they leave Carrow Road a step closer to Wembley?

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The magic of the FA Cup means that every side has the opportunity to visit Wembley, but given City's recent inconsistencies, it could be said that the Canaries have more of a chance than they should.

City were held to a single goal from eighteen attempts on Wednesday in their loss against Everton. If they want to make it through the next round of cup competition against Alex Neil's Norwich, they'll have to be a lot more clinical in their finishing. Ironically, the player that hadn't seen a goal in 60+ games was the one to see his name in lights as Jesus Navas put the ball in smoothly off of a Sergio Aguero assist.

City will be without yet another center back as Eliaquim Mangala will miss time due to a hamstring pull that he suffered during the week. This leaves Martin Demichelis and Nico Otamendi as the only two senior center halves available to face the likes of Nathan Redmon and Cameron Jerome. City manager Manuel Pellegrini also states that Caballero will be between the goalposts for City to extend his cup run. Another player to look out for is Norwich's Vadis Odjidje, the Belgian international had a tremendous second half impact for the Canaries in their previous victory against Southampton.

Offensively, City will be without Wilfred Bony and Samir Nasri, but shall have all of their other offensive options available. It would be nice to see Pellegrini give the youth a run out for this match, as he didn't have the luxury of doing so against Everton. Norwich have had two consecutive clean sheets, albeit against a 10 man Southampton and Aston Villa, so look for Sebastian Bassong to try to keep that record intact against The Blues.

Norwich vs. Manchester City

Carrow Road, Norfolk UK

Time: 1500GMT-1000EST-0700PST

Referee: Mike Dean

Norwich Form: DWLWW

Manchester City Form: LWDWL

For more on the this match from a Norwich supporters perspective, click here.