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  • May 7, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Manchester City - West Brom Preview: Hosts have scored at least two times in last six home games

Manchester City - West Brom Preview: Hosts have scored at least two times in last six home games

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Roberto Mancini's side will be aiming for a win as they look to secure second spot against a Baggies side who have tasted victory just once in their last six outings

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Barry, Toure
Silva, Tevez, Nasri
Aguero
WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Rosenberg, Dorrans, Long
Lukaku

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is unlikely to make any drastic changes to his side despite drawing 0-0 with Swansea City last time out, with an FA Cup final date against Wigan on Saturday.

The Italian is able to choose from an almost fully fit squad but talisman Yaya Toure (muscle fatigue) was withdrawn against the Swans and Scott Sinclair (shoulder) is still recovering after missing the trip to his former team.

Meanwhile, Chris Brunt (knee) and Goran Popov (calf), who both missed West Brom's 3-2 defeat to Wigan on Saturday, remain doubts for the clash at the Etihad Stadium.

But they are the only fresh injury concerns for Steve Clarke and join long-term absentees George Thorne (knee), Gonzalo Jara (knee ligament) and Zoltan Gera (knee).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City boast the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 31 goals from 35 games so far.
  • City have failed to score in only six games this season but did so against Swansea last time out.
  • Plus, City have notched at least two goals in nine out of their last 10 matches at the Etihad Stadium.
  • West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has only managed to keep seven clean sheets this term.
  • The Baggies have only won one of their last six games - a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Southampton - conceding nine goals in the process. Over the same period, City have won four and conceded five.
  • West Brom's top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, has scored 14 league goals this season, two more than City's most prolfiic striker, Edin Dzeko.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
2Steven ReidDefender
4Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Despite having a mediocre game against Swansea last weekend, Aguero has been impressive in recent weeks, scoring three goals last month, and will be a pivotal part of City's fight to confirm their second place finish as the season comes to a close.
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Lukaku has only managed to score twice since the start of March, but continues to be a handful for any defence and will be West Brom's best attacking outlet against last season's champions.
Prediction
With in-form Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all within reaching distance of Manchester City, the hosts will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing and bland goalless draw against Swansea last weekend with a win against an erratic West Brom side.

However, after an impressive season which has seen them cement themselves as a top-half team, the Baggies will be well up for the challenge as they look to end the season with a flourish and further improve their record-breaking points haul.
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