Manchester City can put themselves in pole position for automatic Champions League qualification when they welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium for Tuesday’s Premier League clash.
One point adrift of Liverpool in fourth, Pep Guardiola’s men are clear 1/6 (1.16) favourites with Paddy Power to move into the top three by coming out on top here.
Having taken just two points from the last available 21, the Baggies are a 16/1 (17.00) long shot to end of run of 10 consecutive league defeats against this opposition by coming out on top for the first encounter since 2008.
Four of the guests’ last six away games have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 6/1 (7.00) available on them claiming an impressive point once again on this occasion.
While the majority of the criticism directed at Guardiola during a challenging first season at the helm has been based on the defensive side of the game, his team have actually not performed too badly at the back over the last few weeks.
Having conceded just 11 goals in their last 14 league fixtures, the Citizens actually boast the fourth best defensive record in the division – not an unrespectable return given their attacking tactical approach.
Considering they have let in just three goals in their previous six on home turf, the hosts should have little trouble in keeping at bay a visiting attack that has failed to find the net in six of their last seven fixtures.
With nothing left to play for and clearly struggling for rhythm up front, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are definitely not to be missed on Tony Pulis’ team drawing another blank as they fall to an 11th consecutive defeat against a City side fighting to claim their place in next season’s Champions League.
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