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Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 21 August 2021
Kickoff at 15:00 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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All the information you need ahead of our first Premier League home game of the 2021/22 season…

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City make five changes from the side beaten at Spurs last weekend.

Jack Grealish makes his home debut, while Aymeric LaporteBernardoRodrigoGabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker all return.

Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are not fully fit.

Making way are Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez and Fernandinho.

WHEN AND WHERE

For the first time since February 2020, we will play in front of a packed Etihad Stadium, and we are delighted to be able to welcome you back at long last.

We will take on Sky Bet Championship title winners Norwich City, with kick-off scheduled for 3:00pm (UK) on Saturday, 21 August.

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If you can’t make it to the Etihad, you can also follow the action via our Matchday Centre here on mancity.com or on our official app, which will provide you with minute-by-minute coverage, or via our Twitter: @ManCity.

A full match replay of all the action will be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midnight.

If you live outside of the UK, you can find out how to tune in, wherever you are in the world, by looking at our TV listings at the foot of this page.

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MATCHDAY LIVE

Richard Dunne will be amongst our special guests for this Saturday's live pre-match show which is available to watch across all our digital platforms.

The show will begin one hour before kick-off with former City skipper Dunne giving his expert view in the build-up alongside host Kyle Walker (the presenter not the player!).

The programme then returns for a half-time debrief and will also round-up all the action after the final whistle.

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Time permitting, Dunne and Co will also react to the thoughts of Pep Guardiola and also a player.

Matchday Live is a must-watch for supporters, offering an exclusive City-focused perspective to your coverage to all of Manchester City’s clashes.

WATCH: Inside City: Jack's first week and prep for Spurs

TICKETING INFORMATION

A limited number of tickets for the fixture are available HERE

As guardians of this great Club, we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors of not just Manchester City, but the City of Manchester also.

On your visit to the Eithad Stadium, please respect the stewards, staff and supporters of both Manchester City and Norwich City.

We ask that you:

  • Remain In the seat that you have purchased.
  • Keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Do not block the aisles or gangways.
  • Do not smoke.
  • The use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke bombs is strictly prohibited.

If you have any further questions, you can contact us on +44 (0) 161 444 1894 (option 6). Alternatively, email us at [email protected].

You can also get in touch via the Supporter Services @ManCityHelp.

WATCH: Stones: Pep and backroom team huge in committing my future

Team news

Pep Guardiola revealed yesterday in his pre-match press conference that Kevin De Bruyne faces a late fitness test for today's game.

The Catalan also said that Ilkay Gundogan is fit to play against the Canaries, though, Phil Foden is several weeks away from playing.

“Kevin could not train today,” said Pep.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Gundo is fit to play.

“Phil Foden will be ready after the break.”

Kyle Walker and John Stones didn’t take part against Spurs having just returned to training a few days before, but both will join Raheem Sterling in being available to start against the Canaries.

Asked on the progress of Stones and Walker, Pep added: “Every week, every day the players are better. Definitely.”

Last time out

City slipped to a 1-0 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur in our opening fixture of the 2021/22 campaign.

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Son Heung-Min's 55th minute strike proved the difference in a hard-fought game in North London.

There were plenty of positives to take from the game for City, with Jack Grealish making an assured Premier League debut and Kevin De Bruyne also making a late appearance from the bench after recovering from injury.

WATCH: City 5-0 Norwich: Extended highlights

LAST MEETING

Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners the last time we met Norwich back in July 2020 in our last Premier League match of the 2019/2020 season.

Norwich’s Onel Hernandez had a goal disallowed in the early stages, before Gabriel Jesus bundled in City’s first of the afternoon just three minutes later.

Kevin De Bruyne then doubled our advantage just before half-time with a delicious curling strike from outside the area which nestled in the top right corner.

Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez added to our tally before De Bruyne made it five late on with another curling strike.

De Bruyne’s assist for Raheem Sterling’s goal also saw the Belgian equal Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists for a single Premier League campaign.

Match officials

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Harry Lennard and Simon Long
Fourth official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

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