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  • April 11, 2012
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  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Manchester City - West Brom Preview: Hosts look to stretch four-game unbeaten run over Baggies

Manchester City - West Brom Preview: Hosts look to stretch four-game unbeaten run over Baggies

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

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

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgwell
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 Manchester, City have won 38 times whilst West Brom have recorded victory 16 times and there have been 10 draws. 
  • The Baggies last win when playing away at City came in 2003 when they ran out 2-1 victors.
  • Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten in their last four games against the Midlands outfit.
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
7David PizarroMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
26James HurstDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
34Kemar RoofeMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
5 1 2 0
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.
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
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.
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.
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