Manchester City host relegated Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday at 4pm, as City look to build momentum in the final league game of the season as they head into the Champions League knockout stages.
The game will also see City legend David Silva play his last game for the club.
Regardless of the result at the Etihad stadium it won’t effect either teams league position. City will finish comfortably in second place whilst Norwich will finish the league campaign at the bottom of the table.
It was a shock result the last time these teams met, with Norwich beating city 3-2 at home. It all looked so hopeful then for the Canaries, but such an upset is unlikely this time around as on this occasion both teams have nothing to play for but pride.
It was just over a week ago that Guardiola apprentice Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal team knocked City out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals. In the meantime City have smashed Watford 4-0 and still will feel they have a lot to prove in their last game before they face Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Norwich’s last league win came in February. Yeah, that’s pretty bad. The Canaries have been quite frankly abysmal this season, and whilst they have played some enjoyable and brave football, defensive problems paired with a fairly weak squad means that Norwich head into this game rock bottom of the league table and already relegated.
Emiliano Buendia and Josep Drmic will not be available for Norwich after they were both sent off in their teams 2-0 loss to Burnley.
Sergio Aguero is unlikely to return from his knee injury in this game, although he could be back for his teams upcoming clash against Real Madrid.
Let’s be honest, you’d be mad to expect anything other than a City win here. You have to feel that Guardiola will see this game as an opportunity to build some momentum before the return of the Champions League in august, with City still competing for a trophy their mentality will be different from the usual one of a team with nothing to play for in the league on the final day. Norwich aren’t very good, simple as. What happens when a really good team plays a really bad team? The very good team tends to win most of the time.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 5-0 Norwich
Match Preview written by Luke Robinson