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West Brom vs Manchester City Prediction & Match Preview


West Brom vs Manchester City Prediction & Match Preview

West Brom vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: The Hawthorns.

After surviving Cheltenham in the FA Cup last 32, Manchester City will be looking to overtake Manchester United in top position in the Premier League table when they take on WBA on Tuesday evening. 

The Citizens were struggling to find their best form at the start of the season, but they have been producing fine displays in 2021. 

Pep Guardiola’s troops are eyeing their seventh consecutive win in the national championship, and the Catalan tactician is likely to field the best possible side this time out after resting key players in the FA Cup clash.

Kun Aguero remains quarantined, while Kevin de Bruyne is sidelined with injury. The Baggies did well to beat Wolverhampton on the road in their penultimate league fixture, but they failed to spoil West Ham’s party in London. 

Given WBA’s shaky defence, we are tempted to put our money on the title-chasing visitors. Karlan Grant remains on the sidelines with injury, while Conor Townsend is a major doubt.

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

Teams West Bromwich Albion Manchester City played so far 30 matches.
West Bromwich Albion won 6 direct matches. Manchester City won 19 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.90 goals per Match.

West Brom vs Manchester City Prediction

West Bromwich Albion in actual season average scored 0.92 goals per match. In 8 (72.73%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (72.73%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Manchester City average scored 1.97 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (64.29%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (35.71%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

West Brom's first-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone recovered from coronavirus in time to start against West Ham, and Matt Phillips is also back in the fold after fighting off the disease.

Karlan Grant is also ready to make his return, but Grady Diangana and Conor Townsend are injured for the hosts, who are expected to name a near identical XI from their narrow defeat to West Ham.

Robert Snodgrass is expected to return following his controversial omission from the squad to face the Hammers, with a supposed agreement in place between the two clubs preventing him from playing against his former employers.

Meanwhile, City will have to make do without Kevin De Bruyne for at least the next four weeks with a hamstring injury, while Sergio Aguero just cannot catch a break after returning a positive coronavirus test.

Kyle Walker missed out against Cheltenham after taking a kick to the hips but could be in contention for this game, although Nathan Ake remains sidelined through injury.

Ederson, John Stones and Ruben Dias are all set to return to the backline, while Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan will reprise their regular roles in midfield this week.

West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; O'Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Livermore, Sawyers; Snodgrass, Pereira, Grosicki; Robinson

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, Foden; Silva, Jesus, Sterling