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December 26, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 25938‎

Premier League Preview: West Brom v Manchester City

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



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


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.

  • 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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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
12 5 3 0
The Nigerian struggled to recapture his form from last season at the beginning of the campaign and was criticised by his own manager, Odemwingie though has scored in his last 2 games suggesting he is back to his best.
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The enigmatic Italian has been in fine form this season and will be hoping he can be as influential in this game as he was last time he played at the Hawthorns when he scored both goals in a 2-0 win.
West Brom are in good form right now but you just can’t see past the Premier League leaders at this moment. Roberto Mancini has options in abundance and in this busy Christmas period he will have a fresher squad than his counterpart Roy Hodgson.
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15 0