est Brom dealt a blow to Manchester City’s title hopes with a 1-1 draw in December but since then the two clubs have gone in opposite directions and Pep Guardiola’s men can continue their charge with victory tonight.
That 1-1 draw was not enough to save Slaven Billic’s job but new man Sam Allardyce has a serious job on to avoid relegation. A 1-1 draw at Liverpool inspired much hope but their only win since has come in a 3-2 success at an out of form Wolves side suffering from injury.
Despite the absence of Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) and Sergio Aguero (COVID-19 positive) none of those things can be said about City, who are aiming for an 11th straight win in all competitions after a hard fought win in the FA Cup at Cheltenham Town. Before that they’d been given a serious fright by Aston Villa, but had come through it and deservedly so, winning the shot count 28-11, the shots on target count 9-4, and the corner count 16-2 whilst winning Infogol’s xG count 3.72 to 0.80.
City were lucky that Bernardo Silva’s goal still stood – the rules have been changed now – but they have shown plenty of steel in the last week and have multiple options to cover for De Bryune’s absence, with Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan all in great form, and they should still have enough to pick up three points here.
West Brom v Man City
20:15 BT Sport 2 HD
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DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-1 West Brom
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-0 West Brom
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 2-3 Manchester City
SEP 2017 EFL CUP West Brom 1-2 Manchester City
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-1 West Brom
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 0-4 Manchester City
APR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 West Brom
AUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 0 -3 Manchester City
MAR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-0 West Brom
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 1-3 Manchester City
Sam Allardyce’s first three home matches have seen them lose to Aston Villa (3-0), Leeds (5-0) and Arsenal (4-0) and City are more than capable of racking up a similarly dominant result tonight – it’s worth noting that whilst being held to a draw at the Etihad, City won the Infogol xG count 2.82 – 0.68.
Elsewhere, the prices look about right where a struggling Newcastle side host a Leeds team that desperately needs a win or two and, whilst West Ham are grinding out plenty of successes, the return of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha could put a pin in their plans to pick up yet more points at Selhurst Park.
Mikel Arteta was punished for his call to leave Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette when Southampton knocked them out of the FA Cup, so expect a different flow to their league meeting this evening.
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