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Both teams are in need of victory from Monday's clash at Etihad Stadium but our tipster is backing Manuel Pellegrini's men to record a comfortable victory against Pepe Mel's side

Having collected just one point from their last two Premier League matches, Manchester City go into Monday night’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium knowing that victory is essential if they are to keep alive their hopes of claiming the Premier League title.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were held to a 2-2 draw with Sunderland last time out but are strongly fancied to get back to winning ways against the Baggies, with a home win chalked up at just 2/9 (1.22) with William Hill ahead of Monday’s match.

Pepe Mel’s men have bolstered their hopes of preserving their Premier League status in recent weeks, losing just one of their last five matches but the visitors are unfancied by the odds compilers here – a point underlined by the chunky 10/1 (11.0) quote offered up by William Hill for an away win. The draw is available at 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm.

Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness for the league run-in could be crucial for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and the Argentine striker, who has scored an impressive 15 Premier League goals in just 19 appearances thus far this term, is available at 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill to break the deadlock against the Baggies.

With Yaya Toure missing for the hosts, Spanish midfielder David Silva may be given a more advanced role and the 28-year-old is decent value at 11/2 (6.50) to open the scoring on Monday if he is passed fit for the clash, while the 11/2 (6.50) quote from the same firm for Samir Nasri, who has scored two goals in his last three outings, to net first also appears to be generous.

Pepe Mel’s men have leaked eight goals in their last four Premier League fixtures, including squandering a three-goal lead against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and should the Baggies display such defensive deficiencies in Manchester, they may find themselves on the wrong end of a hammering.

City have won 14 of their 16 Premier League matches thus far this term on home turf, scoring 54 goals in the process – more home goals than any other club in the top flight – and they should prove too strong for a West Bromwich Albion side that has managed just one clean sheet in 14 games in all competitions.

With that in mind, the 3/4 (1.75) quote offered up by William Hill for Manchester City to net at least three times appears to be a solid selection while the 11/10 (2.10) quote from the same firm for the Citizens to win both halves looks to be outstanding value and should be backed accordingly by punters ahead of Monday night’s crunch clash.

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