West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry insists he never expected to be a record breaker as he closes in on the Premier League appearance mark. The 36-year-old will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs’ record if he features at Arsenal on Monday. He made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa as
Barry was hot property during his time at Aston Villa, with Liverpool and Manchester City both battling for his signature. He eventually ended up at the Etihad in 2009, but Wenger says he was keen to bring him south. Barry faces Arsenal on Monday, when West Brom travel to the Emirates in an 8pm kick-off.
City forward Leroy Sane hit a double to give City the win and book a fourth round home tie with Albion’s Black Country rivals Wolves, but it could have been so different.
Sane’s third-minute strike looked like opening the floodgates and starting a victory procession as City dominated the first half at The Hawthorns.
He reacted brilliantly to beat away a powerful Eli Mangala header after Sane had found him with a perfect cross. Midway through the half Gabriel Jesus caused mayhem with a twisting run which turned McAuley inside out, but he fired over. And minutes later Foster had to react sharply again, racing out to produce a
Pep Guardiola rang the changes and his decision paid off when his side opened the scoring after just three minutes. Danilo was the architect, crossing from right to find Ilkay Gundogan whose effort was saved by Ben Foster, only for the rebound to be smashed in by Sane.
City continued to dominate the ball
West Brom are the next side tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to The Hawthorns in the Carabao Cup. City are unbeaten in six games this season but have really hit their stride in the last three, scoring 15 goals without reply. Liverpool and Watford were swept aside 5-0 and
Albion valued Evans at over £30million in the summer – a figure which City, who visit the Hawthorns in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, did not meet despite two offers for the ex-Manchester United defender in the summer.
“We’re pleased that value is that value, and I’m even more pleased we never took (any
Predicting Premier League results is a tricky business, as players of talkSPORT Predictor will tell you. And Mark Lawrenson, who sticks his neck out every week to hazard a guess over the scoreline of the action, will no doubt agree. So, while we might only be five games into the 2017/18 season, talkSPORT.com couldn’t resist having a
The midfielder will return to training on Thursday having been given a break after boss Tony Pulis said he was mentally tired following a busy summer and reduced break after England duty.
Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) remain doubts after missing Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw with West Ham but Gareth McAuley
The Northern Ireland international was one of football’s most wanted this summer, with Manchester City and Leicester heading a group of clubs desperate to try and land the 29-year-old. City boss Pep Guardiola is a big admirer and gets the chance to see exactly what Evans can do close up when his side visit West