David Silva will play his last Premier League match for Manchester City against Norwich on Sunday and Dan Fitch argues that he could get on the scoresheet...
"As he showed recently with his goal against Bournemouth, Silva is still very dangerous from set-pieces around the box."
Manchester City [1.09] v Norwich [36.0]; The Draw [15.0]
Sunday 26 July, 16:00
Live on Sky One
City can still make this season a significant one
The Premier League season might be coming to a close, but Manchester City still have much to play for and Pep Guardiola will surely have one eye on the coming weeks.
In early August, City will play the home leg of their last-16 tie with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Already 2-1 up from the first-leg, the Champions League is a chance for Guardiola and City to make this season a significant one. As it stands, the EFL Cup win back in March is rather a meagre return, given the talent at the club.
There has been no greater talent at Manchester City over recent years than David Silva. This will be Silva's last Premier League game for the club before he leaves and even without the City faithful there to say goodbye, it promises to be an emotional occasion.
Guardiola will be without the injured Claudio Bravo and Sergio Aguero for the game. It would be no surprise if he chose to protect key performers ahead of City's European campaign.
Canaries prepare for Championship return
Like their opponents, Norwich will already be thinking about the future. The focus for the club is their relegation to the Championship and plotting a swift return to the top flight.
Norwich have stated that Daniel Farke will remain as manager. He did a great job in winning promotion in the first place, but the lack of fight from the Canaries in recent weeks will be a worry and he will need to get off to a good start next season.
Another important element in rebuilding the club, will be selling players and reshaping the squad. The likes of Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell, Emiliano Buendia and Teemu Pukki are all likely to attract attention. Under normal circumstances Norwich could raise a lot of money through selling these players, but the current situation makes that more difficult.
As has been the case for the majority of the season, Norwich have a lot of players out. Buendia and Josip Drmic are suspended, while Timm Klose, Sam Byram, Grant Hanley and Moritz Leitner are all injured.
Two solid ways to back a home win
Manchester City are the [1.09] favourites, with the draw at [15.0] and Norwich at [36.0].
Finding some value in a home win when City are at such a short starting price, is a difficult task. There's two decent options at similar prices. Manchester City are [1.72] to win both halves, which has paid out in six of their seven victories since the season resumed.
The alternative is for Manchester City to win to nil at [1.73]. Norwich have only scored one goal in their eight Premier League games following the restart.
Silva could be lining your pockets
With it being Silva's last league game, it's likely that his teammates are going to be keen for him to get on the scoresheet.
That means he'll be on free-kick duties and as he showed recently with his goal against Bournemouth, Silva is still very dangerous from set-pieces around the box. Silva is also likely to take any penalty and that makes his price of [2.88] to score a tempting one. Sometimes the sentimental choice, also makes sense.
Dan Fitch 2019/20 Season P/L
Staked: 800.00 pts
Returned: 796.83 pts
P/L: -3.17 pts
Back Manchester City to win both halves against Norwich at [1.72]
Back Silva to score for Manchester City against Norwich at [2.88]