MAN CITY v West Brom – THE PREVIEW: Teamnews and Prediction

4 Feb

After the despondency of the draw away at Birmingham, this home match against a struggling West Brom side offers Man City the perfect opportunity to get their season back on track. If the latter part of that sentence seems odd as we currently lie in third place, the necessity to attain three points from this game cannot be underestimated. Our rivals all won in midweek whilst we faltered, and it is games like these which are paramount if we are to be considered as true threats.

West Brom made a superb start to the season, impressing with their easy-on-the-eye attacking football, but they have gradually slipped down the table and now languish near the relegation zone. They still play their attractive passing game but lack the clinical touch required. Their open style of play should suit us down to the ground, and with the visitors not having kept a clean sheet in the league since August 21st, I’m confident we will see a few goals on Saturday.

With regards to team selection, Micah Richards will sit out this fixture as a precaution after his sickening blow against Birmingham. Nigel de Jong, also injured in that clash of heads, is doubtful and if he were missing, then surely Roberto Mancini would select Pablo Zabaleta in the holding midfield role, as opposed to Patrick Vieira, whose performance as a substitute in midweek was not of the level we desire. Yaya Touré must have found the Lemsips as he has recovered from his sore throat, whilst John Guidetti, after another brace of goals for the reserves, will be on the bench.

Here is the team Mancini may select:

                                                          Hart

Boateng                  K. Touré                    Kompany                 Kolarov

                                   Zabaleta                      Barry
                                                      Y. Touré

                          Silva                                                Tévez
                                                        Džeko

Subs: Given, Boyata, Lescott, Milner, Vieira, Guidetti, Jo

Player To Watch: Chris Brunt – Although the striker Peter Odemwingie takes many plaudits for scoring the goals, it is the creativity of Brunt which drives the Baggies forward. He possesses a dream of a left foot, is a set-piece expert, and if the likes of Barry and Zabaleta don’t perform to their best, Brunt is more than capable of making us pay.

Referee: Martin Atkinson – Will always be remembered as the referee who added on five minutes of injury time at Old Trafford yet played seven. Regarded highly, but I remember the last game he officiated us, I was less than impressed.

Prediction: MAN CITY 3 – 1 West Brom – As stated earlier on, I’m feeling confident that we can return to form. An open game should suit us well, and if David Silva has his passing boots, and Tévez his scoring ones, we should be fine. Goals to be scored by Peter Odemwinge, a brace from Carlos Tévez and a first Premier League goal for Edin Džeko.

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5 Responses to “MAN CITY v West Brom – THE PREVIEW: Teamnews and Prediction”

  1. Siamack 04/02/2011 at 7:37 pm #

    If I am not mistaken, Boateng’s favorite positions are CB and defensive mid-fielder [I can be wrong on this one]. I think it would also be a wise choice to move Zabalata or Boyata into RB and Boating as a defensive mid-fielder.

    However, as soon as I hit the section on “Subs” in the article, I started to feel butterflies in my stomach by just seeing the names of Jo and Vieria there. And then a vague evil dark apocalyptic vision in my mind of Vieria and Jo wearing shoes with fangs chasing defenseless horrified City fans whom …. [too scary to continue but I assume you all get the picture]

  2. Bring Bellamy back 04/02/2011 at 8:37 pm #

    This most definitely has to be a win but we can only measure this game to be true success if Hart and the defense keep a clean sheet as we have been leaking goals at an alarming rate of recent.

  3. Citysince77 04/02/2011 at 9:23 pm #

    A 3-0 is what I’m hoping to see tomorrow as West Brom have a terrible away record, and with respect, their forward line will hardly give be giving our defence nightmares will they? On the team selection, I’m thinking swap Milner for Zabaleta in the middle and that is the team you have right there. I am also expecting a big game from the likes of Tevez, Silva, Dzeko and Yaya tomorrow, though on the last player I accept I’m in the minority in thinking he has much to offer (well on this website anyway). I am a fan of Yaya’s but his recent games have made me realise why people on this site do not hold him in much esteem at all, he has been rubbish! Well tomorrow I’m hoping you’ll be chewing on this humble pie I’m on at the minute as I think he’s gonna score, maybe even the M.O.M. The words of a desperate man or someone who has seen something you lot have not. Time will tell.
    RIP Neil Young. The importance of the man in our finest hour should never be forgotten.

    • Siamack 04/02/2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Just like you, I am also a big fan of Yaya and I see him as a player that can decide a match, though he has slacked off for past few games. I hope tomorrow he will not disappoint folks who have faith in him. I have been really impressed with Richards’ passion for the last two games and I hope the rest of players start to show the same passion because City needs it if they are going to make it in top four.

      • ALEKSANDER KOLAROV IS MY HERO!!! 06/02/2011 at 1:13 pm #

        You were wrong again about Yaya, he touched it 12 times….

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