West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
West Bromwich Albion:
Foster, Nyom, Livermore, Hegazi, Gibbs, Krychowiak, Yacob, Brunt, Rodriguez, Chadli, Rondon
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne, B. Silva, Sane, Aguero
West Bromwich Albion started with two victories in this season, but failed to continue that way. The Baggies didn't achieve a single victory on the last seven matches, so their last winning match was back in August. However, they are undefeated at The Hawthorns in league matches and currently sit on the 13th position with nine points. The situation is complicate as WBA are just two points over the relegation zone. Their last opponents were Southampton and they lost at St Mary. Manager Tony Pulis is under pressure, as well as the players. The main problem is connect with the attack as not one player scored more than once in the Premier League this season. However, something else is important for my pick - seven of nine league matches played so far ended with Under 2.5 goals. Pulis has many injury issues ahead of this match - Jonny Evans, James Morrison, Craig Dawson and Oliver Burke are sidelined, while Hal Robson-Kanu, Gareth Barry and Gareth McAuley are doubtful.
The leading Manchester City are the only undefeated team in the Premier League. They have eight victories from nine played matches and dropped only two points with Everton at the beginning of the season. The Citizens have impressive efficiency with 32 scored goals. Their defensive record is also between the best in the league with only four conceded goals. They have outplayed Watford (6:0), Crystal Palace (5:0), Liverpool (5:0) and Stoke City (7:2). Their last league match was against Burnley when scored three goals and kept the clean sheet. The last match was in Carabao Cup against Wolves on Tuesday night. Manchester City spoiled this great statistic as they failed to score in the regular time and won after penalties. Manager Pep Guardiola has most of his players available, but Benjamin Mendy, Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are struggling with injuries.
The last meeting between West Bromwich and Manchester City was in Carabao Cup in September when Manchester City won. Previously Manchester City have ten victories in a row in league matches.
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City Prediction:
WBA are unbeaten so far at home and I think the players will give the maximum on this match. Manchester City are huge favorites, but it won't be easy for them. The Citizens failed to score against Wolves in Carabao Cup on Tuesday. I expect a low scoring match with maximum three goals.
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City Pick: Under 3.5 goals