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Manchester City vs West Brom Prediction & Match Preview

 

Manchester City vs West Brom Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester City vs West Brom
English Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.

One of the most forgettable Manchester derbies in many years saw Man City play out a lifeless 0-0 draw against bitter rivals Man Utd at Old Trafford over the weekend. 


With Pep Guardiola’s side seemingly happy to accept the draw after taking no risks in an attempt to win the game late on, they will expect nothing less than victory here at home to lowly West Brom. 

The Baggies sit 19th in the Premier League and their 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle last time out was a fifth defeat in their last six league games. 

A trip to the Etihad Stadium is a truly daunting prospect for Slaven Bilic’s men and whilst they will work hard for each other on the pitch, the overwhelming attacking quality of the hosts should prove far too strong for West Brom to keep out, with City expected to triumph by at least two clear goals.

Manchester City vs West Brom: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Manchester City West Bromwich Albion played so far 29 matches.
Manchester City won 19 direct matches. West Bromwich Albion won 6 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.93 goals per Match.

Manchester City vs West Brom: Prediction

Manchester City in actual season average scored 1.84 goals per match. In 8 (88.89%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (66.67%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

West Bromwich Albion average scored 0.88 goals per match in season 2020. In 5 (62.50%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (25.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

City will again be without the services of Eric Garcia due to a muscular problem, while Sergio Aguero is a huge doubt, having missed Saturday's Manchester derby through illness.

Guardiola is expected to make a couple of changes from the side that started at Old Trafford, with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres potentially replacing Fernandinho and Riyad Mahrez.

The City manager is likely to resist the temptation to rest any member of his back four, though, while Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus should all retain their positions.

As a result, there could be more frustration for the likes of Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden, who were not used during Saturday's goalless draw with United.

West Brom will again be without the services of Conor Townsend and Hal Robson-Kanu through injury, while Sam Field remains a doubt due to a recent injury and positive coronavirus test.

Key attacker Matheus Pereira is still suspended, but the Baggies did not pick up any fresh concerns against Newcastle and Bilic therefore has a number of decisions to make.

Charlie Austin and Kieran Gibbs were half-time substitutes against the Magpies and could now come into contention, while Grady Diangana is pushing for a spot in a wide area.

Karlan Grant should earn another start in the final third of the field, though, despite the fact that the 22-year-old has only managed one Premier League goal since arriving at the club from Huddersfield Town.

Possible starting lineups:



Match officials

Referee: Peter Bankes. Assistants: Ian Hussin, Neil Davies. Fourth official: Anthony Taylor. VAR: Martin Atkinson. Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.
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