Manchester United vs Norwich City: Preview, Predictions, Team News and Betting Odds

Aakarsh / 18 December 2015

Louis van Gaal will be hoping to bounce back from a run of 3 winless games when they face Norwich City in their next Premier League fixture this weekend. They lost their last weekend’s game to the Cherries and are facing injury problems before the trip.

Norwich City are currently in the relegation zone and but 3 point from this game will take them to 14th in the table. This is a very important fixture for both teams as the fixtures will come thick and fast from now and teams will not have a chance to bounce back from disappointments.

Here is the preview of the game along with the Team News, Prediction and Betting Odds.

The Manchester United vs Norwich City game will be played on Saturday the 19th of December at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The kick off is scheduled at 3:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST)

Team News:

Louis van Gaal will be happy to see the return of club captain Wayne Rooney who missed the last three games due to an ankle injury. He is expected to be available for this game. Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling are also closing a return for the Red Devils but will not be available for this game while Bastian Schweinsteiger will not be available as he will be serving the 2nd of the 3 match suspension.

For the Canaries, Andre Wisdom, the on load winger is expected to miss the clash while Declan Rudd is expected to keep his place in the starting XI at the expense of John Ruddy. Matthew Jarvis is the only other name missing from the squad for the visitors.


Expected Line-ups:

Manchester United:

De Gea; Varela, Jones, Blind, Young; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Depay, Mata, Lingard; Martial


Ruddy; Whittaker, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Tettey, Dorrans, Brady; Hoolahan; Grabban

Key Battles:

Martial vs Bassong

The French national has been one of the brightest player for the club in recent times and is one of the best bets for United to find a goal. He will have to show his trickery and pace to beat the likes of Bassong in the Norwich ranks if he is to give his team all three points from this game. Basson has looked solid at the back for Norwich and is not an easy player to deal with. He will make life hard for Martial all night long.

Blind vs Hoolahan

Daley Blind is a part of the makeshift back line in wake of injuries to the squad. He will have to deal with the electric Hoolahan who has the ability to keep defenders under pressure. Blink has not been in the best of the forms off late and will have to be careful to not let the Norwich attacker get a sniff at the goal.

Betting Odds:

Manchester United: 1/2

Draw: 15/4

Norwich City: 15/2


Manchester United have not been able to string victories together and are winless in 4 games in all competitions. Norwich city played out a well organized draw against Everton and will be happy with ta similar result against the Red Devils. So they will sit back and defend and it will be upto United to make things happen at the Old Trafford. It will not be easy to run away with all three points from this game.

Our Prediction:

Manchester United 0-0 Norwich City



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