Manchester City may be sandwiched between vital Champions League ties with PSG, but they cannot afford any more slip-ups in the Premier League.
With local rivals Manchester United hot on their heels for a fourth-placed finish, Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens MUST beat West Brom this weekend.
Luckily for the Sky Blues, their last three fixtures between the two has seen West Brom concede three times – West Brom 0-3 Man City in August, Man City 3-0 West Brom and West Brom 1-3 last season.
City will be buoyed after a hard-earned 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, getting two valuable away goals in the first leg of the quarter final. The return fixture takes place on Tuesday, which may well prove to be a distraction – can Tony Pulis’ side take advantage?
Last time out in the Premier League, the 2014 champions cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory at Bournemouth.
The West Brom clash is live on talkSPORT from the Etihad – 5:30 kick-off – so who will start? One certain absence is David Silva, who is expected to be rested due to a persistent ankle problem. Vincent Kompany could return against PSG but this fixture may come too soon for the Belgian.
Yaya Toure (knee) is back in contention for the weekend, while Raheem Sterling is out.
Click the arrow, above right, to see our predicted XI.