PREVIEW: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Manchester City will be hoping to put a relatively torrid run of results behind them when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The league leaders haven’t won a Premier League game since they beat Swansea City on 24th September and they didn’t even register a shot on goal when they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in the EFL Cup in mid-week.

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But if it’s any consolation to Pep Guardiola and his players, the Baggies are on a similarly poor run. Tony Pulis’ side’s last win came at home to West Ham on 17th September.

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The last time the two sides met City were 2-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium in April, while the Blues were also victorious on their last visit to the Black Country when they won 3-0 on the opening day of last season.

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In fact, City have an excellent record against West Brom and as this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, the Blues have won on five of their last six visits to the Hawthorns.

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The Hawthorns has hardly been a fortress for Saturday’s hosts and City will be hoping they’ll be the latest team to take maximum points away from a visit to the ground this weekend.

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But Tony Pulis, who today extended his contract at the club until 2018, has form for causing upsets and he’ll be looking forward to pitting his wits against Pep Guardiola at 3pm on Saturday.

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Predicted City line-up:

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Player to watch: Vincent Kompany

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After being left out of the squad to face Barcelona last week, City’s injury-plagued skipper started the games at home to Southampton and away to Manchester United but was withdrawn before the end of both matches, sparking further speculation about his future at the club. Pep Guardiola moved to clarify the situation with the Belgian when he met with the media on Friday afternoon.

City haven’t been defending brilliantly of late (they haven’t been attacking brilliantly either) and could really do with having their leader fully fit and back in form as soon as possible. He played well and scored away at West Brom last season – can he do the same again this time around?

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester City

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2 comments on “PREVIEW: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City
  1. anything less than a win will be deeply dissapointing, its time for the fight back and it has to start today, weird though that our dissapointment is tempered by still being top of the league – it is as they say a funny old game

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