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A tough match for Man City.

Last updated: April 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLDDW
Away form: DLWDW
Last season: 3-0
Competition: The Premier League

Even though Manchester City won against Bournemouth 4-0 at The Vitality Stadium a week ago, The Citizens still need an improvement in their performance. They must fight for their place in The Top 4 until the very last game of the competition, because their main opponents Manchester United and West Ham are too close to them in the standings.

West Bromwich Albion have maintained their position in The Premier League, having won 40 points in 31 matches. The Baggies have a really impressive defence. They have kept a clean sheet on 11 occasions this season. In addition, they have conceded only 37 goals. But, West Brom’s main problems are in attack. Tony Pulis’ lads have found the net on only 30 occasions.

Manchester City usually win the games against West Brom at The Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have recorded 36 victories in 60 matches, while The Baggies have won only 16 matches. But, the most impressive fact for Manchester City is that Manuel Pellegrini’s players have recorded 8 consecutive victories over The Baggies, having scored 22 goals! The Citizens found the West Brom net on 15 occasions in the last 5 games between these two teams.


Team News

Manchester City’s captain – Vincent Kompany is still injured. The centre back is expected to resume full training within a couple of weeks.

Yaya Toure is another key player for The Citizens, who can’t take part in the match against The Baggies. The Ivorian is suffering from a heel injury.

Raheem Sterling is also sidelined for Manchester City. The Englishman could even miss all the matches until the end of the season.

James Morrison and Chris Brunt are injured for West Bromwich Albion. Brunt is out with a season-long knee injury and will even miss the Euro 2016.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “Kevin was a very important player for our team before and I think he returned today in a very good shape.”

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “The players have to understand they’re not just playing for themselves, they’re playing for the team.”


Expected line-ups:

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Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Navas, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Nasri, Delph, Bony, Clichy, Iheanacho, Demichelis.
Injured: Sterling, Kompany, Toure.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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WBA (4-4-1-1): Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Berahino, Rondon.
Subs Anichebe, McClean, Pritchard, Chester, Sandro, Lambert, Myhill.
Injured: Brunt, Morrison.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Manchester City this season West Bromwich this season
4 League Position 11
10 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (4)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-2 vs. Crystal Palace
1 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (6)
5 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (5)
1-4 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Southampton and Man City
Aguero (17) Top scorer Rondon (7)
Silva (11) Assist Leader Fletcher (3)
Y50, R0 Discipline Y58, R3
8 Failures to score 11
14 Clean Sheets 11
14 Both Teams to Score Games 13
20 Over 2.5 Games 12
11 Under 2.5 Games 19
  • The Baggies have failed to win 9 of their last 10 Premier League games away from The Hawthorns. The only time they recorded an away victory was against Everton in February.
  • Manchester City have lost 3 of their last 4 Premier League matches at The Etihad Stadium. The Citizens are lying in 4th position with 54 points collected.
  • The last time West Brom won an away game against Manchester City was 13 years ago. The final score was 2-1 in the Baggies favour.
  • The Citizens have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions. However, they won only two of these matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
10/08/15 The Premier League West Brom 0-3 Man City David Silva 9′
21/03/15 The Premier League Man City 3-0 West Brom W. Bony 27′
26/12/14 The Premier League West Brom 1-3 Man City Fernando 8′
21/04/14 The Premier League Man City 3-1 West Brom P. Zabaleta 3′
04/12/13 The Premier League West Brom 2-3 Man City S. Agüero 9′