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Manchester City can reduce the gap at the top of the Premier League to two points with a win at Norwich in Saturday's early game. City play over 24 hours before title rivals Manchester United, who entertain Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday. The blue half of Manchester has renewed belief in their quest for a first Premier League title following their win over West Brom, coupled with United's defeat to Wigan on Wednesday. But it is Manchester City's away form that is proving to be their Achilles heel this season, having lost two of their last three games on the road. While goals have been free flowing at home, the same cannot be said of their away trips in recent times, having scored just five goals in their last 10 away games.
Norwich’s slump in the Premier League came to an unlikely and superb end when they beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane to halt a run of one win in seven games. Their East Anglian home has proven to be a fortress this season, having lost just one of their last seven league matches at Carrow Road, and that was in the last minute to Manchester United. But they struggled to cope with Manchester City in the reverse fixture in December, succumbing to a 5-1 defeat with Steve Morison scoring their consolation.
• Anthony Pilkington has now scored eight Premier League goals this season, the same as Luis Suarez and five more than Fernando Torres.
• Fifteen 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.
Paul Lambert will again be without Zak Whitbread for the visit of City as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Aaron Wilbraham has had stitches in a head wound but is fit for selection so Norwich will go into the weekend clash with no new injury concerns. Lambert is again expected to stuffle his pack despite claiming three points at Spurs - that could see the likes of Wes Hoolahan and David Fox make returns, while Kyle Naughton is available again having been ineligible at White Hart Lane.
Roberto Mancini will hope to welcome back Yaya Toure from a knee injury after he sat out of the win over West Brom in midweek - his return would likely see Nigel De Jong drop out. Changes seem unlikely elsewhere, although Mancini is likely to check on the fitness of Carlos Tevez after his first start in months against the Baggies.
Possible starting XIs:
J Ruddy • R Martin, R Bennett, E Ward, A Drury • E Bennett, D Fox, J Howson, A Pilkington • W Hoolahan • G Holt
J Hart • M Richards, V Kompany, J Lescott, G Clichy • Y Tourè, G Barry • D Silva, C Tévez , S Nasri • S Agüero