West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City match preview

By Ric Turner, Wed 04 December 2013 15:49

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City match previewA look ahead to tonight's game at The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Date: 8pm, Wednesday 4th December 2013

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Referee: Chris Foy. Assistants: P Kirkup, M Wilkes. Fourth Official: M Dean.

Odds: West Brom 5/1, Draw 10/3, Manchester City 4/7

Tickets: Still available.

TV: Match of the Day, BBC1 (highlights).

West Bromwich Albion

Manager: Steve Clarke

Squad (from): Daniels, Myhill, Dawson, Jones, Lugano, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Reid, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Brunt, Dorrans, Gera, Morrison, Sessegnon, Yacob, Anichebe, Berahino, Long, Rosenberg, Vydra.

Injured: Anelka, Sinclair, Foster, Thorne

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Mulumbu

Form guide: LDDWLD

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from):Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Richards, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Negredo.

Injured: Nastasic, Jovetic, Silva

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLWLW

City will be once again be without David Silva, Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasic for the trip to The Hawthorns, but manager Manuel Pellegrini will be relieved to have captain Vincent Kompany available again after injury. The Belgian centre half has missed City's last ten games after suffering a calf injury against Everton. He is expected to be restored immediately to the starting line-up, although it remains to be seen if he is partnered by Joleon Lescott or Martin Demichelis at the heart of City's defence.

City's away form this season continues to be a source of frustration, with the Blues taking just four points from a possible eighteen on the road. This is in stark contrast to their imperious home form, where seven straight victories have helped the club climb to third in the table.

West Brom will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at St James Park, in a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last six league games. However, they will be encouraged by their impressive performances against the so-called other "big" clubs, which saw them draw against Arsenal and Chelsea, and win at Old Trafford.

City's last away league game against West Brom saw the Blues win 2-1, with Edin Dzeko grabbing a late brace to help ten man City take the points. Our recent record against tonight's opponents is fairly good, with no defeats in the last seven league meetings strecthing back to 2008. Overall City have won 60 of the 143 games played against West Brom, with 29 draws and 54 defeats.

Prediction: West Brom 1 City 1