Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion Match Preview
Manchester City aim to finish within the top four with a win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.
Manchester City and West Brom are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.Manchester City need to win this match to solidify their claim for a Champions League spot. Liverpool are 1 point ahead of City playing one more game with Arsenal trailing by 3 points. That means, the Sky Blues must win the next two games to ensure automatic qualification for the Champions League. Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to a Champions League place after enduring the first trophyless season of his career. Guardiola has warned his players about the potential threat West Brom possess and called them to give their best to defeat the Baggies.
West Brom, on the other hand, has gone through a decent campaign. They currently sit at the 8th position in the league table. Although the game has no particular value to hold for the Baggies, Tony Pulis’ men would surely want to win this one to end the season on a high note.
Date – 16th May, 2017, Tuesday
Time – 8:00pm (UK), 12:30am (IST)
Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
TV Info – Sky Sports 1(UK), NBCSN(US)
Live Stream – Sky Go, NBC Sports Live, Hotstar
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: S Ledger, R West
Fourth official: J Moss
Manchester City – 4th
West Brom – 8th
Recent form (Last 5 league matches)
Manchester City – W D D W W
West Brom L L L D L
John Stones set to return for the first time since April 8 after successfully underwent a couple of training sessions. Guardiola has confirmed Fabian Delph will miss the rest of the season due to a leg injury.
Caballero, Clichy, Otamendi, Kompany, Fernandinho, Touré, Sané, Silva, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero
Formation – 4-1-4-1
Injuries and Suspensions
Claudio Bravo (calf injury), İlkay Gündoğan (muscle injury), Fabian Delph (leg injury)
West Brom will miss Gareth McAuley in any match for the first time this season due to thigh injury. Hal Robson-Kanu is fighting with time to be fit for the match.
Foster, Dawson, Wilson, Evans, Nyom, Brunt, Livermore, Fletcher, Chadli, Morrison, Rondon
Formation – 4-4-2
Injuries and Suspensions
Gareth McAuley (thigh injury), Matt Phillips (hamstring injury), Hal Robson-Kanu (hamstring injury) [Status – doubtful], Sam Field (ankle injury) [Status – doubtful]
Manchester City have lost just once against West Brom in their last 15 meetings with their last loss came at the Hawthorns in December, 2008. Earlier this season, City came up as 4-0 winners. Both of their matches last season went in favour of Manchester City, 3-0 and 2-1 being the scorelines.
Manchester City will surely give their best to claim all the 3 points from this clash to ensure Champions League qualification. They have the squad and the quality to do it with ease. I will go with a 3-0 scoreline in favour of Manchester City.