Manchester City vs Norwich Premier League LIVE Football Score 21 Aug 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Manchester City is going head to head with Norwich City starting on 21 Aug 2021 at 14:00 UTC at Etihad Stadium stadium, Manchester city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League.
- Manchester City have scored 21 goals in their previous five Premier League home games with Norwich City, winning the most recent meeting 5-0 in July 2020.
- Norwich’s heaviest top-flight defeat was a 7-0 thrashing by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in November 2013.
- The Canaries have won two of their past 31 visits to Manchester City (D7, L22).
- Manchester City have lost three consecutive games in all competitions without scoring for the first time since March 2007 under Stuart Pearce.
- Pep Guardiola is aiming to avoid four defeats in a row for the first time in his managerial career.
- Only Manchester United have lost their opening Premier League game and gone on to win the title, doing so in 1992-93, 1995-96 and 2012-13.
- The reigning Premier League champions have beaten the second division title-holders at home 24 times in the past 29 seasons (D4, L1).
- Kevin de Bruyne has scored four goals and assisted seven in his past eight league appearances against newly promoted sides.
- Norwich City are on an 11-game Premier League losing streak, a run only topped by Sunderland’s 20 consecutive defeats between 2003 and 2005.
- They have also scored just two goals in their past 15 Premier League games.
- The Canaries could lose their opening two top-flight league fixtures for the first time since 1987.
- Goalkeeper Tim Krul has lost in each of his six Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium, conceding 25 goals.
- Club captain Grant Hanley is set to make his 100th league appearance for Norwich.
Silva, who has won four league titles during a glittering 10-year spell at City, was desperate to mark the occasion with a goal, but his best effort was kept out by Tim Krul’s flying save.
City still ended up comfortable winners, thanks to Gabriel Jesus’s close-range finish from a deflected Raheem Sterling cross and a superb curling strike from De Bruyne, who as usual took centre stage.
De Bruyne slipped Sterling clear to add a third, meaning the Belgian equalled Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single Premier League season.
After Riyad Mahrez blasted home a fourth, Silva was applauded off, although an empty Etihad Stadium was not the send-off he deserved.
De Bruyne was not done yet, brilliantly bending home his side’s fifth goal off the inside of the post before the end.
Norwich had their moments too as they bid farewell to the top flight, with Ederson denying Teemu Pukki and Onel Hernandez in one-on-one situations.
Hernandez thought he had put the Canaries ahead with the score at 0-0 but his low long-range effort was disallowed after he was ruled offside by the video assistant referee.
It meant Ederson kept his 16th clean sheet of the season, enough to give him the Premier League’s golden glove award outright after Burnley’s Nick Pope conceded against Brighton.
City finished runners-up, 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool – keeping the record they set for the biggest winning margin, 19 points in 2017-18.
Manager Pep Guardiola will now turn his attention to the Champions League – they host Real Madrid in Manchester in the second leg of their last-16 tie on 7 August.