PREVIEW: City vs West Brom

Tuesday 7 May 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 19:45

Tickets:

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Last Season: City 4-0 West Brom

Match Officials: Referee: Phil Dowd. Assistants: A Halliday, M Wilkes. Fourth Official: N Swarbrick.

Team News: 

CITY – Scott Sinclair is currently being treated for a blood clot on his shoulder and will not feature, with Yaya Toure, who was withdrawn at half-time on Saturday, unlikely to be risked ahead of the final. In fact, manager Roberto Mancini is likely to shuffle his pack considerably given the importance of the final against Wigan this weekend.

Man City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Nastasic, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Silva, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Rodwell, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Razak, Milner

WEST BROM – Marc-Antoine Fortune is suspended, whilst Peter Odemwingie is in line for his first start since March.

West Brom (from): Foster, Myhill, Jones, Brown, Ridgewell, McAuley, Olsson, Dawson, Thomas, Lukaku, Morrison, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Yacob, Long, Odemwingie, Tamas, Mulumbu.

Stats:

City have scored 26 goals fewer than they had after 35 Premier League games last season.

Roberto Mancini is now the 11th longest current serving manager in England.

Manchester City have won the last three meetings between the sides on City soil, scoring 11 goals in the process and conceding just two.

City are unbeaten in the last six meetings with the Baggies (W5, D1). Their last defeat came on 21 December 2008 and saw City remain in the Premier League drop zone.

Ten-man City needed two goals in the last 10 minutes from Edin Dzeko to win the corresponding fixture at the Hawthorns 2-1.

City’s Form: WWLWD

WBA’s Form: LLDWL

Stats courtesy of Stat City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

Roberto Mancini has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on a second consecutive league title this season.

I am not satisfied as I wanted to win the Premier League, but now we cannot do anything about that, we cannot change it. But in the end we we are in the cup final and we are in second position, so we can be satisfied. But when you start the season you want to win [the league].

Fixtures:

Tonight

City vs West Brom (19:45)

Wigan vs Swansea (19:45)

Tomorrow

Chelsea vs Tottenham (19:45)

Written and compiled by Robert Pollard

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