Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini must decide whether to rotate his squad ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with PSG.
Kevin de Bruyne returned last weekend after a two-month lay-off but Pellegrini might decide three games in a week is too much for the Belgian.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis will monitor “one or two knocks” among his squad.
Stephane Sessegnon is back in contention after returning late from international duty last week.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Steve Bower: “If Manchester City had produced the spirit that was evident in Paris in midweek on a more consistent basis, they would be right in the hunt for the Premier League title.
“Bournemouth were the latest to witness City’s potential capabilities last weekend, and West Brom will hope City’s European excursions will have an adverse effect at the Etihad.
“There appears to be little margin for error to make sure Pep Guardiola has Champions League football to look forward to next season but, while Sergio Aguero is fit and firing, they look to be in the driving seat. The Argentine will play his 200th game for the club hoping to add to his 129 goals to date.
“West Brom, having reached their first target of 40 points, face an uphill task against a team they’ve managed only one point against in their last 12 league meetings.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: “[Reaching] the 40 points was vital. We are now playing a wonderful team who have tremendous talent. Manchester City can beat anyone in the world.”
West Brom’s problems in attack have been well documented and it is hard to see them improving in that area at Etihad Stadium.
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- Manchester City have won their last eight Premier League meetings with West Brom.
- The Baggies’ only victory at Manchester City in the Premier League came on their first visit in 2003. They drew on their next two trips but have lost the last six.
- West Brom have conceded three times in each of their last five league games against the Manchester City.
- Manchester City have lost four of their last seven Premier League matches.
- They have also lost three of their last four at home in the Premier League.
- City have scored an average of 1.81 goals a game in the league this season, the best ratio in the top flight.
- They have scored 39 league goals at the Etihad this season, nine more home goals than any other top-flight club.
- Since Kevin de Bruyne made his Premier League debut in September, City have won 50% of the games he has played in, and just 27% of those when he hasn’t featured.
- West Brom have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches.
- The Baggies have won just one of their last 10 Premier League away games (D5, L4).
- Only bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa have a worse goals-per-game ratio than West Brom’s 0.97.
- West Brom have failed to muster a shot on target in seven Premier League games this season, the most of any side in a single season since 2003-04.
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