Savvy previews this weekends’ trip to The Etihad with his pals from EA Sports…
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A calamity at the back saw Manchester City lose out on a deserved point as they collapsed in the final minutes and saw their fixture with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge end in a 2-1 defeat. Sergio Aguero`s goal was a strike to light up any match but his manager will be keen to see a better end result from his side this weekend.
Despite playing a large role in the goal which gifted Chelsea all three points at the weekend, Matija Nastasic has largely been a largely able deputy for captain Vincent Kompany in his absence. The Serbian has a very solid 80% tackle success rate from 15 attempted challenges in the league this season.
Aguero`s goal summed up his contribution for City so far this season, the diminutive Argentinean being his side`s leading player on so many occasions. His current shot accuracy rate stands at 80% from 20 attempts on goal according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
His contribution has been even more important due to the somewhat disappointing shooting statistics on the part of the rest of his colleagues. Aside from Aguero, no City player who has had more than 12 shots on goal has a shot accuracy rate of higher than 59%.
Pablo Zabaleta continues to be his side`s most consistent all-round performer this season. The left-back has maintained his excellent early season form and currently has a 84.4% tackle success rate from 45 attempted challenges.
Despite a host of opportunities, Norwich played out a 0-0 draw with Cardiff last time out. Chris Hughton will need his side to be far more clinical this weekend if they are to get anything out of this weekend when they face one of the Premier League`s heavyweights.
Norwich fans will be hoping Robert Snodgrass recovers in time for the weekend, following his injury away at Manchester United in the League Cup. Despite mixed form, on average he`s completed a pass in the opponent`s half once every 3.74 minutes he`s been on the pitch this season – more than any other Norwich player.
The sportsmanship of Leroy Fer was called into question following his controversial goal against Cardiff but most Norwich fans will tell you his strike was due to his competitive nature and a healthy will to win. Summer signing Fer has arguably been City`s standout player this season and no Norwich player can top Fer`s total of 37 attempted tackles so far this season, which highlights his highly competitive streak.
Gary Hooper has been another addition to the Norwich attack, translating his excellent form for Celtic into some very solid attacking stats for the Canaries. He so far has the best shot accuracy rate of any Norwich player according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with 75% of his attempts on goal finding the target.
Hughton`s men will be looking to repeat their unlikely win on the final day last season, and will feel their upturn in form over the last few games should have yielded more points.