League leaders and defending EPL champions Manchester City will visit basement dwellers Norwich City in attempts to extend their domestic reign further.
Read on for our free English Premier League match betting preview, predictions, analysis, and betting picks.
Norwich City vs. Manchester City
Saturday, February 12, 2022 -12:30 PM EST at Carrow Road
Two contrasting league positions go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon when Manchester City travels south to face Norwich City in a top versus bottom domestic battle.
Following a positive turnaround in results, Norwich City’s four-game unbeaten streak will be put to the test by the division’s most prolific squad in Manchester City.
Form, Mentality and Premier League Trends
- Manchester City are undefeated in their previous 14 EPL fixtures
- Manchester City have avoided defeat in 37 of their last 43 away games
- Norwich concedes an average of 1.71 goals in their home meetings
- Norwich have won just 2 games in their last 12 home games
- Manchester City have scored at least 1 goal in their previous 19 matches
League Leaders Versus Relegation Strugglers
Manchester City are witnessing the gap close on their 1st place league position as Liverpool remains unstoppable in the second position on the domestic table. However, this doesn’t discredit their 14-game unbeaten streak, a run of results that is unlikely to be tampered by Norwich City on Saturday.
Guardiola’s 12-point advantage was reduced to 9 points when Liverpool cashed in on one of their two games in hand. If we assume the Merseyside squad claim victory in their second game in hand, they’ll be six points shy of Manchester City’s lead.
This leaves the defending champions no room to drop points, and meetings with relegation zone squads become must-win situations.
Last year, the reverse fixture saw Norwich receive a 5-0 dismantling, and although the home side has undoubtedly fought through a rough patch, they still sat in the drop zone just three points shy of last place.
The likes of Teemu Pukki have boosted the Canaries’ hope of Premier League survival by providing an emphatic display of attacking football. Still, Dean Smith will have too much to contend with when the EPL’s most elite squad pays a visit.
It’s Simple, Manchester City Wins
It doesn’t take a handicapping mastermind to recognize the high probability of Manchester City taking all three points this weekend. The only complicated process of breaking down this encounter is finding the EPL betting value.
The Citizens have Champions League duties against Sporting Lisbon midweek, but even a rotated Guardiola squad will possess the tools to break down their yellow and green opponents. With that said, the expectation of another Manchester City whitewash is probable.
Final Thoughts | EPL Matchday 25 Betting Picks and Odds
As Liverpool creeps on the title holders, the Manchester City squad understands the importance of avoiding defeats.
For this reason, I expect Guardiola’s men to deliver two dominant halves of football, taking a winning result in both for our soccer picks.
EPL Pick: Manchester City to Win Both Halves (+110) at Bet365
EPL Pick: Over 3.5 goals (+120) at Bet365
Correct Score Pick: 1-4 (+1600) at Bet365