Another weekend means another clash for Manchester City and this time the hopeful champions travel to West Brom as the Blues’ are keen on ending a six-game losing streak. The match will be the tenth game of the Premier League, and the club are currently in first position. Despite the result being a tight affair last week against Southampton, City should have and could have, come away with all three points, and even more goals had the side been more clinical in front of goal.
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Saturday’s afternoon game should be an absorbing one with City probably controlling the ball for most of the match, with West Brom willing to sit back and look for an opportunity to counterattack City – exactly like last season.
City had a first team squad to choose from for the first time all season. Kevin De Bruyne and Bacary Sagna are expected to play some part as the Blues travel to the Midlands.
Claudio Yacob is the only casualty for Tony Pulis as he serves a one-game suspension for City’s visit. Chris Brunt is expected to return to the fold also.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1) Bravo – Sagna – Stones – Otamendi – Kolarov – Fernandinho – David Silva – Sterling – De Bruyne – Nolito – Aguero
West Ham (4-2-3-1) Foster – Dawson – McAuley – Evans – Nyom – Fletcher – Brunt – Chadli – McClean – Morrison – Rondon
Rondon – The forward is undoubtedly going to be West Brom’s biggest threat as the South American looks has scored the winner in both of the Baggies two wins this season. His physicality may prove too much of a test for Guardiola as he struggles to cope with England’s fast pace style of play.
This is going to be one Guardiola’s toughest test this season. With City only picking up just one Premier League victory away in three games, Guardiola will be keen to end that horrendous hoodoo. If City shows up like they did on Wednesday, this could be very comfortable for the Blues’. Despite all this, I’m going to edge towards a 0-2 victory for City with Aguero and Sterling on the score-sheet.
Stats and Facts:
- Manchester City have not lost at the Hawthorns since 2008.
- West Brom have lost the last nine fixtures against Manchester City.
- Sergio Aguero has scored at least once in every season he’s faced West Brom.
- Tony Pulis was the Gillingham manager at Wembley 1999.