Manchester City v Norwich City: Match Preview

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Manchester City v Norwich City

Barclays Premier League; Etihad Stadium; Sat, 3rd December; KO 15:00.

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Mario Balotelli and Gareth Barry are both available for the Citizens after missing Tuesday night's League Cup win over Arsenal through suspension.

Aleksandar Kolarov is the biggest doubt for the hosts after coming off in midweek with a knock, and faces a late fitness test.

Norwich have a doubt over loanee Richie De Laet, who is nursing a back injury, whilst David Vaughan and Elliot Ward are long-term absentees.

Canaries not fearing City riches

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has no interest in the financial gulf between his own side and Manchester City ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

The visitors have enjoyed a fairytale ride to the Barclays Premier League following back-to-back promotions from the Npower Foootball League. Many of the current squad were playing in League One two years ago.

And, whilst their opponents have 'brought success' in the eyes of many, Lambert has no issue with the way Roberto Mancini's side have come to their current position at the top of the table.

"I don't lose sleep over it. Manchester City are where they are for a reason and have got some top players. City have a fabulous football club with a manager who has seen it and done it, some great players," said Lambert.

"But you should make no apologies for it because if I could afford somebody at £35million, then I would do the same. If somebody injected a lot of money into the club, it is their money and they can do what they want - they could change the manager, the whole club.

"That is the nature of the game, and I don't really worry about the spending spree."

Mancini, meanwhile, has been quick to warn striker Mario Balotelli over players trying to get him sent off this season.

The Italian came unstuck at Liverpool after seeing red for a controversial second yellow, and his compatriot is urging him to be careful when going into matches.

"Mario should pay attention and he should be clever. I can do nothing – only he is on the pitch. He should pay attention and think only about football and not other things," said the boss.

"I think he made a mistake only for the first foul when he took the first yellow card. Then he should not take any risks."

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