High flyers West Brom will be looking for a surprise result when they welcome Manchester City to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon (3pm BST).
Steve Clarke’s team have been impressive for much of the season, starting the campaign with that memorable 3-0 win against Liverpool.
West Brom have also taken points off Tottenham, Everton and most recently QPR at home by a score of 3-2. With the Midlands side currently in sixth place, there is plenty of reason to believe they can frustrate Roberto Mancini’s team.
The injury concern for the home team is that of Romelu Lukaku, who is in a race to be fit for the match but he is likely to feature.
Steve Clarke noticeably has his team working incredibly hard, so much so that they’ve only conceded twice at home this season.
Man City, on the other hand, are displaying similar inconsistencies to their city rivals. They’ve come away from tricky away trips with three points but also dropped points at home.
We can look to games against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund where City may have fancied themselves as the stronger side. Neither of those two games saw the form of a team who looked like they were preparing to march on towards any silverware.
David Silva is the big injury doubt for Roberto Mancini. He is another casualty of international football and a player who is likely to miss the next couple of games. Conflicting reports suggest the manager is hoping the player will be fit for this trip to West Brom.
Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez are currently the top scorers for City, but the manager is likely to pair Tevez with Sergio Aguero. Aguero was on the score sheet in City’s last league win against Sunderland.
Just like in previous games, I believe Joe Hart will play a key role for City. He’s kept them in a number of games so far this season, notably the draw against Dortmund in the Champions League.
Vincent Kompany has not looked at his best and the manager continues to rotate members of the back line. With the lack of a settled back four, there’s always reason to believe City may slip up defensively.
West Brom have been exciting to watch in phases this season. Somehow they manage to pull off a number of impressive goals and have thus far scored at least two goals in three of their four home league games.
West Brom v Man City Betting Tips Verdict
- Manchester City seem unpredictable at the back this season, so I’m backing the draw best at 29/10 with BetVictor. For those keen on a correct score betting tip then I would go with 1-1 (at odds of 7/1 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill).
- In similar fashion to their defence, City’s attack may not always be firing on all fronts. But I have been very impressed with Aleksander Kolorov’s ability from set pieces. I’d back the Serb to score at anytime for City @ 5/1 with SkyBet, BetVictor, Ladbrokes.