Simply looking to end their campaign with a free-scoring statement, now-former champions Manchester City will host an already relegated Norwich from behind closed doors on Sunday afternoon.
While the Sky Blues might have shockingly crashed out of the FA Cup last weekend, they landed another 4-0 romp against Watford earlier in the week and are enjoying quite the flurry at the end of the year.
On the flip side, down to nine-men before half-time and hit with a 2-0 defeat at home against Burnley last time out, it has been nothing short of an abysmal campaign for Norwich.
Marking their immediate Championship return with plenty of time to spare, the Canaries find themselves in the midst of a woeful 10-match losing run across all competitions and face an unenviable task this weekend.
However, shocking many across Europe when picking up a stunning 3-2 victory against Sunday’s hosts earlier in the season, we should be in for another lively contest in Manchester. You might be interested to know that over 4.5 goals at the Etihad this weekend can be found priced at 11/8 with William Hill.
Sterling shines again
Demanding an immediate response after their FA Cup heartbreak against Arsenal at Wembley last weekend, Pep Guardiola certainly got what he was looking for in midweek.
Completely blowing away relegation scrappers Watford at Vicarage Road and picking up a 4-0 romp against the managerless Hornets, the former Barcelona boss will be glad to see Raheem Sterling’s extended purple patch since returning from the break.
Enjoying his brightest individual campaign with Manchester City, the England international bagged yet another brace against the bottom-three outfit on Tuesday evening and has now landed nine goals since the restart.
Including leaving the Amex with the match ball after his hat-trick on the South Coast, no Premier League player can boast a better return since the interruption.
Now sat just a single strike away from breaking the 20+ barrier in England’s top-flight, you might be interested to know that Sterling can be found priced at 8/11 with Betfair to extend on his tally in Sunday’s finale.
Elsewhere, recording his 19th Premier League assist earlier in the week, Kevin de Bruyne only needs one more to match Thierry Henry’s league record of 20 in 2002-03.
A horrible ending to a horrible year
Watching both Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic shown straight reds before half-time at Carrow Road last weekend, Head Coach Daniel Farke was rightfully left furious by his side’s display in East Anglia.
Hit with a 2-0 defeat at home against Burnley, the former Borussia Dortmund coach finds his side in the midst of a dreadful 10-match losing run across all competitions and have long-since secured an immediate Championship return.
Offering very little in the final third throughout the second half of the campaign and with leading marksman Teemu Pukki enduring a woeful draught in front of goal, Sunday’s guests comfortably hold the worst attacking return in the division.
Now drawing a blank in their last three defeats on the bounce and going over 300 minutes without finding the net, Farke’s men have remarkably managed to score just a single goal in their last nine Premier League outings.
In for a torrid end to their campaign this weekend, you might be interested to know the Canaries can be found priced at 4/6 with William Hill to draw another blank at the Etihad.
Elsewhere, with a real selection dilemma on his hands, Farke will be without both Buendia and Drmic who start their respective three-match suspensions on Sunday.