Manchester City vs West Brom Thread

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Referee Martin Atkinson shows Mario Balotelli of Man City a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on April 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)


Another game coming up against thirteen placed West Brom. Manchester City need to win here regardless of the title race.

A couple facts and statistics provided from BBC Sport,

Head-to-head

  • West Brom's only Premier League win away to Manchester City was a 2-1 victory in February 2003, when Neil Clement and Darren Moore got the goals.

Manchester City

  • If City fail to win they will have gone four league matches without a victory - their worst run since October/November 2009, when they drew seven successive matches - a run that eventually led to Mark Hughes' sacking.
  • City have conceded 20 of their 26 league goals in the second half of matches.
  • Three of the last five goals they have let in were scored from outside the penalty area, according to Opta.
  • They have claimed eight points from their last six Premier League matches - 10 points fewer than Manchester United.

West Bromwich Albion

  • Victory against Blackburn on Saturday was their first win in five league games.
  • The Baggies have won three of their last four home games.
  • They have won only one match this season in which they conceded the opening goal (W1, D3, L11).
  • West Brom have kept one clean sheet in their last 35 away Premier League games. That was in September's 1-0 victory at Norwich.

Yaya Toure, David Silva and Mario Balotelli are all expected to miss this match. Mario due to his three-match ban from his red card against Arsenal, while the former two out most likely due to injury. Toure sustaining a knee injury against the Gunner and Silva from what I suspect to be over use.

I imagine Mancini will have the following set up of Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Milner, Pizzaro, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko.

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