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December 26, 2011 8:30 PM IST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 25938‎
 

West Brom - Manchester City Preview: In-Form Hosts Looking To Secure Third Consecutive Win In Tough Test Against Premier League Leaders

Mancini is expected to rotate his star-studded squad for the trip to The Hawthorns while the Baggies are at near full strength as they aim to continue their charge up the table

By Jake Watson


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Shorey
Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

MANCHESTER CITY

 
Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, Barry, Toure
Aguero, Balotelli, Silva
West Brom will have to contend without Steven Reid after the defender picked up an injury against Newcastle and Billy Jones will be expected to slot straight into the right-back position. Somen Tchoyi will return to the squad after having time off to spend time with his wife and newborn child.

Man City rotated the squad for their win over Stoke and will be expected to change it up once more when they travel to The Hawthorns. Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko are Mancini’s main injury worries though the club's quality in depth should see them through with Zabaleta, Clichy and Balotelli all expected to come in.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time the two sides met at The Hawthorns, Manchester City ran out 2-0 winners with Mario Balotelli scoring both for the visitors.
  • West Brom have enjoyed better success away from home this season with four of their six wins all coming away from the Hawthorns.
  • In the last 10 meetings between the sides West Brom have won five to Man City’s three.
  • In past meetings between the two sides in the Premier League, there has never been a red card.
  • West Brom have never been awarded a penalty against Man City in the Premier League whilst City have had three against the Baggies.
  • West Brom will be looking to make it three consecutive Premier League wins with a victory over Man City following successes over Newcastle and Blackburn.
  • Man City are the top scorers in the Premier League this season having not failed to find the back of the net in a single game.
  • Aston Villa winger Mark Albrighton scored the Premier League’s 20,000 goal against Arsenal in their last game, pipping Man City’s Sergio Aguero to the accolade by just 90 seconds.
  • Adam Johnson has started just 11 games for Man City this season but has scored 6 times whilst also picking up five assists.
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