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Manchester City will aim to continue bolstering what looks sure to be an unassailable lead at the top of the English Premier League when they face lowly Norwich on Saturday.

The Citizens currently have a considerable 12-point buffer over second-placed Liverpool, but will be aware of the fact that the Reds do have a couple of games in hand. As it is, Jurgen Klopp’s team do have an all-important clash against Leicester City on Thursday night, which could reduce that lead to single digits once again.


Meanwhile, third-placed Chelsea (who have played the same number of games as City) are just a solitary point behind the Reds as it stands, but the Blues are currently on duty at the FIFA Club World Cup.


It means plenty of attention will be placed on City’s clash against Norwich that will end the action on Saturday. However, victory should be a routine affair against their relegation-threatened opponents, and would take Pep Guardiola’s team to 63 log points.

Should that result go according to script, City can then put their feet up on Sunday to watch Liverpool’s Sunday afternoon clash against Burnley, who managed to claim a draw against Manchester United on Tuesday.

Speaking after City’s 2-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday night, Guardiola understandably insisted the league race still isn’t over, and reiterated that they wouldn’t be lacking any motivation ahead of their trip to Carrow Road.

 “Liverpool have two games to play then we see the gap – 14 games to play, many points to play for and more tough games,” the City manager commented.

“Everyone is tough competition, but it is impressive at this stage to have 60 points – we have done incredibly well so far.”

Liverpool, though, will head into the game against Leicester looking to achieve a result that would add at least a little more pressure on City, and Klopp’s team has been boosted by the return of Mohamed Salah from the African Cup of Nations.

The Reds can theoretically still challenge City for the title, but Guardiola will be constantly reminding his charges that they have destiny firmly in their own hands.

In 12 head-to-head encounters between City and Norwich, the Sky Blues have won eight games, while there have also been two draws.

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