Manchester City face a resilient West Brom side who may capitalise on the Citizen’s tiredness after City played out a hard fought draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in midweek.
The draw against PSG shows that City are coming back into form at just the right time. A recent dip had seen them dragged them into a top four battle with their city rivals Manchester United and surprise package West Ham.
However, their 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth last week highlighted just how dangerous City can be when all their attacking players are on form.
West Brom have been reasonably quiet all season and have yet again confirmed their place in the Premier League next year after reaching the magic 40-point mark.
Tony Pulis will hope to build some momentum to take into next season where they can build on their solid mid-table position, although they were lucky to get a point against Sunderland in their last fixture after failing to register a shot on target, and will need to considerably up their game if they don’t want to be embarrassed at the Etihad this weekend.
The Baggies will hope City are fatigued from their midweek clash, but Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to rest players due to their perilous position in the top four.
This fixture is likely to come too early for Yaya Toure, who remains a doubt with a calf injury that kept him out of City’s Champions League fixture on Wednesday night.
Pellegrini is also still without English winger Raheem Sterling, who is set to return in early May, and club captain Vincent Kompany, who may regain fitness for City’s return fixture Tuesday.
The Baggies will be without James Morrison (hamstring) and Chris Brunt (knee) again this week as they face a tough battle away at the Etihad.
Tony Pulis may be able to select Callum McManaman who is fighting for fitness. The young forward has been suffering with an ankle injury.
League Positions: Manchester City – 4th (54 pts); West Brom – 11th (40 pts)
Previous Meetings: West Brom 0-3 Manchester City (August 10, 2015)
Form: Manchester City – LLWDLW; West Brom – WWDWLD
Key Men: Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne; West Brom – Salomon Rondon
Shoot Says: Manchester City 3-1 West Brom