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Premier League

  • 20 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 24891

West Brom - Manchester City Preview: Baggies look to extend best home start to a top-flight season in 92 years

After registering victories in their first four home games in the top division since 1919, Steve Clarke's side face their toughest test to date against the Premier League champions



Olsson, Popov, McAuley, Tamas
Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Gera
Lukaku, Odemwingie
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov

Milner, Yaya Toure, Garcia, Nasri
Tevez, Aguero

Steve Clarke faces a tense wait ahead of the visit of the Premier League champions, with six players all in doubt of featuring.

Chris Brunt (hamstring), Steven Reid (hamstring), Jerome Thomas (hip), Billy Jones (knock), Romelu Lukau (ankle) and Liam Ridgewell (calf) are all in a race to be fit for Saturday’s clash, but the latter two are expected to feature.

For Manchester City, Javi Garcia (thigh) is still struggling after being withdrawn against Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the month, but looks likely to take part, with David Silva (hamstring) looking less positive after being stretchered off against France while playing for Spain.

Elsewhere, Maicon (foot) remains out so Micah Richards will continue to deputise after an impressive display in the 3-0 win over Sunderland last time out.

  • West Brom have not scored in their last four Premier League games against Manchester City.
  • However, Steve Clarke's side have won three of their last five home games against the Premier League champions.
  • West Brom have won six and lost just one of their last eight home Premier League games.
  • The Baggies have won their first four home games of a top-flight league season for the first time since 1919.
  • Carlos Tevez (pictured, right) has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against West Brom.
  • Manchester City have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the top flight (48).
  • And Roberto Mancini's men have allowed the opposition the join-fewest shots on target against them this season (22).

Players to watch

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Belgian youngster has enjoyed a new lease of life after joining West Brom on loan from Chelsea, notching two goals in his four Premier League appearances so far this season. The striker is struggling with a knock in the lead-up to the game, but will be desperate to help his current and parent clubs by scoring against Manchester City.

C. Tévez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker will be raring to go on Saturday after yet again missing out on international selection. He burgeoning partnership with fellow countryman Sergio Aguero continues to blossom, and Tevez has every chance to extend his fine scoring form against West Brom.

Editor's Prediction

West Brom have exceeded expectations this season, with their best start at home to a top-flight season in 92 years, but a visit of the Premier League champions will always pose a distinct threat. Expect Steve Clarke to set up his side to hold firm against Manchester City but the ever-imposing figures of Yaya Toure and their Argentines up front will likely see the visitors through in the end.

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