West Brom v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 25, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
West Brom’s great start to the season is long gone and Manchester City are probably the last team they want to face now after eight winless games. Pep Guardiola’s side are hot favourites and for good reason.
Albion’s next league win over City will be their 50th in this fixture but they might have to wait a while to hit the landmark. City have won all 11 of their league meetings since 2012, taking their wins tally to 64.
Tony Pulis expects to be able to call upon Hal Robson-Kanu after the front man missed last weekend’s match with Southampton with a muscle strain. Pulis also hopes to have Olivier Burke after a hamstring injury has restricted the Baggies' exciting summer signing to two short sub appearances.
With West Brom needing all hands to the pump to take on City, there's hope James Morrison will be fit after he was injured on international duty earlier in October, while former City midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to make it despite going off against the Saints.
City named a surprisingly strong team in midweek against Wolves in the League Cup, fielding Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, Bernado Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, but still needing penalties to see off the Championship side.
Guardiola should return his XI to full strength, which means the return of in-form pair Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
West Brom are 14/1 to win with City 5/19 for victory and the odds on a draw 6/1.
If one man can set up a team to stifle Manchester City in the Premier League at the moment surely it is Tony Pulis. His Albion side will be packed with centre-backs all of whom will be part of a unit who will work together to try and slow the game down and prevent slick City from pulling them apart.
On the other hand if there is one team who can make West Brom look like East Brom it would be City. Their stylish attack play could have Albion's lumbering defenders not knowing which way to turn as forwards zoom between them.
The way City are playing at the moment quite probably the only Premier League team capable of beating them is City themselves. That would be the case if complacency set in as it did for Manchester United at Huddersfield last weekend.
City are 13/2 to win 2-0, 15/2 to win 3-0 and 12/1 to win 4-0.
Albion are on a record losing run against City and if they can take a point it will be one of their results of this season.
Kevin De Bruyne to score at any time at 27/11
The assist master is due a goal of his own having gone five games for club and countrysince his winner at Chelsea.
Jonny Evans to score at any time at 22/1
After all the interest City showed during the summer in the Northern Ireland defender don’t be too surprised if Evans pops up with one of his headers from a corner.