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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 46746
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Manchester City - West Brom Preview: Hosts look to stretch four-game unbeaten run over Baggies

Roberto Mancini's men will hope to bounce back from defeat to Arsenal at the weekend and continue their strong form at the Etihad Stadium against the Midlands side


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MANCHESTER CITY


Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, De Jong
  Nasri, Silva, Johnson
Aguero

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Dorrans, Mulumbu, Scharner, Andrews, Brunt

Odemwingie


Roberto Mancini will be without controversial striker Mario Balotelli after he received a red card in City’s loss to Arsenal on Sunday. Yaya Toure may also be unavailable as he was substituted in the first half against the Gunners with a knee injury.

However, David Silva could be set to return to the fold following his absence due to a knee injury.

Roy Hodgson is likely to stick with the same team which beat Blackburn at the weekend but could opt to go with five in midfield against City, recalling Paul Scharner in place of Saturday’s goal scorer Marc Antoine-Fortune. Jerome Thomas could be fit to return although, due to the performance of Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans at the weekend, Hodgson may opt to leave him on the bench.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • In 64 meetings between the sides in their home city, Manchester City have won 38 times whilst West Brom have recorded victory 16 times and there have been 10 draws. 
  • West Brom's last win when playing away at City came in 2003 when they ran out 2-1 victors.
  • City have dropped just two points at home all season, as they drew 3-3 with Sunderland last time out at the Etihad.
  • West Brom have the best away record outside of the top six, taking 22 points from their 16 away games so far this campaign.
  • City have won just one of their last five Premier League matches.
  • Peter Odemwingie has gone six games without scoring, his second-leanest spell of the season.
  • Sergio Aguero (pictured right) has only scored two goals from open play in 2012. He has scored four goals in total, though two were penalties.

Players to watch

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 17

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Silva has been outstanding this season and, without him at the Emirates on Sunday, City lacked ideas and guile in the final third of the pitch. The Spaniard is the link between the midfield and the strikers and with him restored to the team Roberto Mancini's men should bring the best out of a potent attack.

P. Odemwingie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Nigerian has been short of goals recently but is always a threat. His movement in the area can cause problems so Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott must be at their best and should also be wary of his pace, particularly if the Baggies look to play on the counterattack.

Editor's Prediction

City have been out of sorts recently and all but surrendered the title to Manchester United last weekend as the gap at the top stretched to eight points. However, their home form has been outstanding this season so expect them to extend that against the Baggies.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

West Bromwich Albion

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
52%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
0 - 1
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Manchester City FC MCI
3 - 0
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Manchester City FC MCI
1 - 2
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA

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