Live: Norwich 3 Manchester City 4

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What a match at Carrow Road - a great advert for the Premier League they say. Norwich kept on battling and showed the kind of spirit that will serve them well in the second half of the season. Man City though had just enough for the win to end a memorable 2012 on a high.

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Full time: Norwich 3 Manchester City 4

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Snodgrass puts a cross in from the right, Lescott's header rebounds off Nastasic but falls gratefully into the arms of Hart.

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Final change for City as Aguero walks off and is replaced by Javi Garcia.

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A Norwich free-kick is cleared towards Aguero, who powers forward despite being all on his own and firing in a shot that Bunn does well to save.

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There will be five minutes of added time.

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The Norwich fans are frustrated again as Nastasic stays down following a challenge by Martin. They feel the City player is making the most of things in order to wind down the clock.

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Man City looking to close the game out now, a sloppy challenge from Garrido on Milner concedes a free-kick near the corner flag.

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Bassong heads a free kick down towards Turner in the box, but he can't quite swivel and get his shot on goal, the ball spinning out for a goal kick.

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Anthony Pilkington is booked for dissent, he wasn't happy with Man City taking their time over a corner.

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Wonderful save by Bunn! Great play by Toure in the build-up, he sets up Aguero, whose powerful drive is tipped over the bar.

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Now we do see that change, as Edin Dzeko is replaced by Joleon Lescott.

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We are in for a grandstand finish here as Turner is sent forward to play upfront by Canaries boss Chris Hughton. Man City need to show why they are champions in these closing stages.

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Man City were about to make a substitution prior to that Norwich corner, with Joleon Lescott stripped off and ready. However, once the goal went in he was told to sit back down.

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What a game as the Canaries fight back yet again! Man City fail to clear a corner, the ball is fired back into the six yard box by Johnson and Russell Martin deflects the ball - via Joe Hart's head - into the net.

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Goal for Norwich!! Martin!!

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Change for Norwich: Wes Hoolahan is replaced by Simeon Jackson.

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Pilkington is penalised for a shirt pull on Milner inside the Man City penalty area, free-kick to the visitors.

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Norwich, to their credit, are coming forward again, but surely they have too much to do?

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Game over? Clichy's long pass is controlled on the chest by Dzeko, whose shot appears to hit the post before going in off goalkeeper Mark Bunn - try taking that off Dzeko though!

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Goal for Man City!! Dzeko!!

Norwich are not giving up, and they can still be backed for the draw at 3/1 with Sky Bet, who go 6/4 that there will be no more goals.

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Roberto Mancini is fuming at his defenders on the touchline as both Bassong and Martin were left unmarked in the area. Credit Norwich though, they are showing tremendous fighting spirit.

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Norwich take a corner quickly, Snodgrass finds Bassong at the far post and his header back into the middle is converted by Russell Martin. Game on!!

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Goal for Norwich!! Martin!!

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The ball squirms through to Aguero again, but his shot deflects off Bassong and bobbles through to Bunn.

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Garrido curls in a cross from the left, Snodgrass meets it, but he only succeeds in heading the ball into the ground and then over the bar.

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Another change for Norwich: Jonny Howson replaces Alexander Tettey.

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Change for City: James Milner replaces David Silva.

City are back in cruise control, and a final score of 5-1 is now priced at 10/1 with @SkyBet.

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Aguero drives forward again and tees up Toure, whose shot deflects over the bar for a corner - which side has ten men again?

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Bradley Johnson was booked in the build-up to Man City's goal by the way.

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Toure aims a perfect pass towards Sergio Aguero, the ball strikes Bassong but falls perfectly into the path of the Argentine who lobs the ball over Bunn.

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Goal for Man City!!! Aguero!!

@Xx_Hasa_BoyxX tweets: I think it was a brilliant first half! And think that Bassong and Nasri should have got the same card!

@jonofarmer18 tweets: What was Nasri thinking? On a yellow and goes and does that! I believe the canaries can rescue a point because of him!

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City get things underway in the second half.

Marcus in Portugal says:You can see on the replays that Nasri has a little attempt to headbutt Bassong when they are stood head to head. That has to be the reason behind his decision but it seems a little harsh. I think Van Persie's reaction at Swansea last week was just as bad. Sets up for a great second half though. Can see Dzeko being swapped for a midfielder such as Javi or Milner.

Well, Matt, I'm looking forward to hearing what the managers make of it all after the game put it that way!

@Matt_Holland91 Tweets: Not seen any footage as I'm listening to it at work but the officiating sounds a bit dodgy to say the least.

@gowerrr says via Twitter: Zabaleta showing once again why he could he should don speedos and start jumping off a board...

What do you think of it all? Have your say via email Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or Tweet me @Tom_Mallows.

What a first 45 minutes at Carrow Road as several Man City players have words with referee Mike Jones as they head towards the tunnel. Man City raced into a two goal lead, Norwich hit back through Pilkington, before Nasri saw red just before the break.

HT: Norwich 1 Manchester City 2

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Man City calling for a penalty again as Zabaleta appears to be barged in the back by Garrido, the referee says no. Zabaleta perhaps made the most of that.

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In all that chaos, Steve Morison has gone off to be replaced by Harry Kane.

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Well, it appears the referee's assistant gave the decision. But while both Bassong and Nasri were perhaps guilty of pushing each other and maybe clashing heads - why send off one and not the other?

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A furious Nasri has been sent off for his reaction to the tackle!!

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Sebastien Bassong is booked for a challenge on Nasri, who rolls around for a few seconds before jumping to his feet to remonstrate with the defender.

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Close!! Nasri lays it off perfectly to Yaya Toure, whose powerful low drive goes inches wide of the post with Bunn beaten.

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Morison tries to chase a long ball but he clearly pushes Matija Nastasic in the back. Free kick to Man City.

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Lovely skill by Dzeko as he skips past two Norwich players and into the area, but he perhaps wants to do too much and he is eventually closed down, the ball spilling into the hands of Bunn.

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Kompany rises highest, but his header is blocked by Snodgrass, who clears at the second attempt.

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Another patient move from City, with Toure's cross finding Zabaleta at the far post, with his header back into the middle put behind for a corner by Garrido.

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Aguero is penalised for a foul on Tettey, free-kick to Norwich inside their own half.

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Man City starting to get a grip on things again, stroking the ball around nicely in midfield.

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Michael Turner's long free-kick finds the head of Steve Morison, but he can't direct the ball into the middle and it goes out for a goal kick.

Well, that's 6-0 out of the window, but City remain 1/6 on to see out the win. Sergio Aguero is 4/1 to score next with SkyBet.

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Someone remind Javier Garrido he doesn't play for Man City anymore - his skewed clearance comes very close to lobbing Mark Bunn,who does well to tip the ball over!

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Nasri curls in a teasing cross from the right but it is just over the head of hat-trick hunting Dzeko.

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A wonderful effort by Snodgrass curls just wide of Joe Hart's right-hand post. This has been a great game so far.

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Gael Clichy is booked for a late challenge on Snodgrass near the touchline.

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City are screaming for a penalty as Aguero tumbles over the legs of Sebastien Bassong, referee Mike Jones says no.

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Norwich right back in this game as Anthony Pilkington's free-kick deflects off Clichy and wrongfoots Joe Hart.

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Goal for Norwich!! Pilkington!!

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Ironic cheers from the Norwich fans as the referee awards a free-kick to Norwich 25 yards out for a foul on Robert Snodgrass.

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Carrow Road is stunned at present, apart from a small sky blue section in the corner that is, they're loving it.

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The visitors are swarming all over Norwich at the moment, they are certainly making a statement following that defeat at Sunderland - just how many can they get?

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City are running riot, can Norwich halt them? Sky Bet go 16/1 that this will end up 6-0.

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Norwich are unhappy as they feel Vincent Kompany committed a foul in the build-up to the second goal. It was a hefty challenge by the Belgian, but it looked like he got the ball.

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Another rapid break from Man City as Kompany feeds Aguero, the Argentine is drawn wide, but he pulls the ball back for Dzeko to slot home his and City's second.

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Goal for Man City!!! Dzeko!!

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Simplicity itself; Sergio Aguero's chipped cross from the right is prodded back by David Silva right into the path of Edin Dzeko, who cooly slots a first-time finish into the bottom corner. Wonderful start for the champions.

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Goal for Man City!!! Dzeko!!!

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Norwich get the game underway.

Here come the two teams onto the field.....

Javier Garrido shakes hands with a number of the City players in the tunnel, the full-back enjoyed a three-year spell at the Etihad between 2007-2010.

Not long to go now, the two teams are starting to gather in the tunnel....

On the last nine occasions that Manchester City have lost a Premier League match, they have bounced straight back with a win. They haven't lost two in a row in the league since October 2010, when beaten by Arsenal and Wolves.

Sergio Aguero scored three goals in two games against Norwich last season, making him good value at 4/1 to open the scoring today, behind favourite Carlos Tevez (7/2). Aguero is Evens to score anytime, Edin Dzeko can be backed to score last at 9/2. If you fancy Norwich to cause an upset, they're available at 16/1 to win 1-0 in Sky Bet's Price Boost market.

Norwich have been strong at home this season, winning five of their last six home league matches. Only the two Manchester sides and West Brom have won more than five this campaign.

James says: "A great time for Norwich to play City but I think it will be stalemate until Tevez comes on second half - it's his turn to be the supersub. 3-1 Man City with a second half brace from Tevez."

There were plenty of goals in the two fixtures between the sides last season, mainly for Man City - with the champions winning 5-1 at home and 6-1 away.

Shane from Kilkenny in Ireland says: "Call me an optimist but I can see Norwich sneaking a 1-0 win. Come on Norwich, make my Christmas."

The referee this afternoon is Mike Jones.

So, Norwich fans, how will your side cope without Grant Holt this afternoon? City supporters, what do you think of Mancini's changes? Have your say by emailing me Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or Tweet me @Tom_Mallows. I'll do my best to post your views - just keep it clean kids!

City boss Roberto Mancini has made four changes from the side that lost at Sunderland - Gael Clichy, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko are in for Kolo Toure, Carlos Tevez, Javi Garcia and James Milner.

Just the one change for Norwich today and it is a significant one - striker Grant Holt is out with a hamstring injury and is replaced by Steve Morison.

Man City subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Sinclair, Garcia, Kolo Toure, Tevez

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

Norwich subs: Rudd, Howson, Jackson, E. Bennett, Barnett, R. Bennett, Kane

Norwich: Bunn, R. Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Morison.

The teams are in.....

Hello and welcome to minute-by-minute coverage of Norwich v Man City at Carrow Road, with both sides looking to bounce back from Boxing Day defeats.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  
Sunday, 28 September 2014
16:00
West Brom v Burnley  
Monday, 29 September 2014
20:00
Stoke v Newcastle  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 13
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 5 3 8
7 Leicester 5 1 8
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Stoke 5 -1 5
14 Everton 5 -2 5
15 C Palace 5 -2 5
16 West Brom 5 -4 5
17 Sunderland 5 -1 4
18 QPR 5 -8 4
19 Burnley 5 -3 3
20 Newcastle 5 -6 3

Updated Mon, 22 Sep 2014

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