Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 37 Goals 38 (75)
(34) 26 Assists 20 (52)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 7 (6.9)
30.5 Average Age 28.5
185.9 Average Height (cm) 178.4
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 1.4 (1.3)
(48%) 49% Aerial Duel Success 54% (52%)
(0.6) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.9 (1.1)
(1.1) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Claudio Yacob Out 6.73
Saido Berahino Doubtful 6.07
James McClean Doubtful 6.54
Player Reason Status Rating
Bacary Sagna Out 6.93
Yaya Touré Out 7.17
Vincent Kompany Doubtful 7.18
Kevin De Bruyne Doubtful 7.55
Fabian Delph Doubtful 6.56
Pablo Zabaleta Doubtful 6.74

Team News

  • Tony Pulis will be without Claudio Yacob after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last time out. West Brom can, however, welcome Jonny Evans back from suspension.
  • James McClean picked up a nasty shin laceration against Liverpool and remains a doubt here, while Saido Berahino has been put on a new fitness regime to get him into shape.
  • Vincent Kompany isn't expected to feature this weekend after asking to come off at half-time in the Manchester Derby on Wednesday because of fatigue.
  • With Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both struggling with injuries, Pep Guardiola may have to turn to 19-year-old right back Pablo Maffeo once more on Saturday following his impressive display in the derby.
  • Kevin de Bruyne missed the 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United on Wednesday and remains a doubt with a calf injury.


  • Pep Guardiola has now gone six matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career following their 1-0 defeat in the League Cup to Manchester United on Wednesday. Despite having gone the whole of October without a win, Manchester City are still top of the league, level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal. City need to arrest that form, although West Brom won't go down without a fight.
  • West Brom have drawn three of their last four matches, although they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool last time out. They have only won two matches all season but are three points above the bottom three, with four other teams bridging the gap between the Baggies and the relegation places.
  • City have won each of their last six matches against West Brom and scored at least two goals in each of those matches. Guardiola rested some of his key men in midweek and their freshness should give them the edge at the weekend.
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User Predictions

Comments (24)

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  • Well, tactics Tony really fudged this one up. Should've deployed his 7-3-0 formation. As soon as City scored their first, it looked ominous. Pep's teams relish playing against those who are attacking. Small matter of Barcelona midweek. That will possibly be a bigger test...

  • @SteveHyland Actually WBA were too defensive first half for me. Second half they went more attacking and got right back in the game before the 3rd goal killed them off. I don't really agree. Man City have struggled more against teams that have been braver with a higher press and showed more intent going forward.

  • @TacticalMastermind2.0- I didn't watch the game, just taking the mick out of Pulis and his rabbit-in-headlights tactics against top teams which usually results in sticking everybody behind the ball and hoping. I did see the highlights and the mini boost at 2-0 (instigated by the annoyed WBA fans). The 2 Aguero goals game from crap defending, albeit including a great finish, and you can't legislate for that. I agree his City team has struggled against aggressive pressers- Spurs in particular, but his Barcelona and Bayern teams tended to look far more comfortable when a team was attacking, because of the space it presents- which is paramount for his style, and uncomfortable when a team sat back and countered (Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Celtic, Juventus, Real Madrid....). It's kind of the obvious game-plan against his teams. You need the players to be able to counter though and West Brom have none of those.

  • Agüero provided an assist too.

  • @MrNemobody it slightly touched the defender. I agree though that this ought to count as an assist, it never does on here though

  • Where is Sane´?

  • @neumi17- Probably gone to man up after being so easily guided off the ball against Utd midweek. I see in him what I saw in Pires and Oezil when they first came to Arsenal- somebody with immense talent who is too lightweight to play in this league. Robert and Mesut built up and changed their attitudes (got tougher one would say). Sane needs to do the same, otherwise he simply will not make it.

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  • I think this will be the first draw between these two sides since before 2013. WBA are slowly starting to look good again and Man. C. are not looking their best a.t.m. Against Man. U. they hardly created any scoring chances. Havin' drawn with Celtic, Everton and Southampton, while WBA have drawn against Stoke, Sunderland and Tottenham makes this feature smell like a stalemate.

  • This will be City at its best and backlash to WBA.

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  • Guardiola should prepare for relegation fight. WBA 2-1

  • @koziol.mutant I think you're confusing City with United.

  • City win with 1 goal handicap 1-3 or 0-3

  • Need to bounce back here, barca next game we can't go 8 games without a win. It would undo the great start we had to the season. I hope we turn up and put 3 or 4 past these but i will settle for a 2-1 win

  • No doubt city will nail this

  • I agree this will likely be a draw, largely due to Pulis' tactical brilliance including his 7-3-0 formation. On the plus side, City may break the premier league all time record in possession (since it was calculated by means of number of passes relative to total match passes, I mean) and Pep loves his possession, especially when it's in the 80% range. He'll have to stick his hands in his pockets or something.....

  • go pep go pep go pep

  • Pep has never faced the phenomenon that is Tony Pulis. His brain will not comprehend such negative tactics, a team with 9 defenders, a striker and a keeper. Plus he won't have MSN to pick that bus apart. So it will be a draw.

  • @What4- A striker? :-o . Tony getting progressive in his old age! Ha

  • Draw.

  • 0-1 City

  • 1-3