Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

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Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns, other than Scott Sinclair who was admitted to hospital at the weekend to treat a blood clot on his shoulder. Carlos Tevez could start up front after being benched for the goalless draw at Swansea.

West Brom are likely to name an unchanged team to the one that lost at home to Wigan on Saturday. Captain Chris Brunt (knee) and Goran Popov (calf) are still out, while Marc-Antoine Fortune serves the second of a three-match ban.

Roberto Mancini pre-game…“But we need to play these games and for us it is important to win. It would be better to have one week (of unbroken preparation). But we play Wigan and it is the same for them. Then we have four days to prepare.” (Daily Mail)

Steve Clarke pre-game…“We’re ­determined to go and make up for the Wigan result. It’s a good game against the champions of last season. There is no pressure on us – people don’t expect us to get a good result there. The squad is a bit stretched but we’ll try to get a team to compete because they have a squad which is packed with internationals and quality.” (Mirror)

Match Statistic: Shane Long’s goal in October’s reverse fixture is the only time West Brom have scored against City in five matches. 

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 West Bromwich Albion