West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 07 August 2015 16:51

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City previewClichy and Delph miss out through injury

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Date: 8.00pm, Monday 10th August 2015

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Long, M Perry Fourth Official: M Clattenburg

Odds: West Brom 5/1, Draw 3/1, Manchester City 4/6

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1

West Bromwich Albion

Manager: Tony Pulis

Squad (from): Myhill, Rose, Gamboa, McAuley, Lescott, Chester, Olsson, Brunt, Pocognoli, Morrison, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, McManaman, Sessegnon, Berahino, Lambert, Ideye, Anichebe

Injured: Foster

Doubtful: McAuley, Lescott

Suspended: None

Form guide:

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Demichelis, Denayer, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lopes, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Delph, Clichy

Doubtful: Nasri

Suspended: None

Form guide:

Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are the only absentees for City's trip to The Hawthorns. Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri are expected to recover from the stomach bug that prevented them from appearing at City Live earlier this week. It remains to be seen whether or not Aguero and the other South American players who played in this summer's Copa America will be fit enough to start.

Raheem Sterling, a £44m summer signing from Liverpool, will make his debut however, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has been impressed with the youngster so far.

"(He has been) very very good, the media have been talking about the price, but he's an English player, young, with quality, speed and technical ability. He will improve every year playing with the likes of Yaya, Silva, Kun, they will help him."

City's last away game at The Hawthorns ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory, with Fernando, Yaya Toure, and David Silva on the scoresheet for the Blues. Overall City have won 64 of the 147 games played against West Brom, with 29 draws and 54 defeats.

Prediction: West Brom 1 City 2