The odds are stacked firmly against the struggling Baggies as they travel to the Etihad Stadium tonight.
Slaven Bilic’s relegation battlers have just one win to their name since returning to the Premier League and have picked up just one point on the road so far this term.
The top-flight’s leakiest defence – who conceded after only 20 seconds at Newcastle – will have their hands full trying to contain a Man City attack that often score for fun in these sorts of home fixtures and put five past Burnley last month.
As if tonight wasn’t enough of a daunting task for West Brom, the hosts have also now kept six consecutive clean sheets after Saturday’s drab derby draw against Manchester United as they look to jump back into the top six following an inconsistent start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Man City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
West Brom XI: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs, Livermore, Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, Phillips, Ahearne-Grant
With kick-off scheduled for 8pm GMT, follow all the build-up and live match action with Standard Sport’s blog below.
Manchester City 1-1 West Brom
City dominant, but still not anywhere near their best.
West Brom had spurned the clearest chance of the game before falling behind and got a huge slice of fortune with that equaliser just before the interval.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 West Brom | Semi Ajayi 43’
43 mins: Against the odds and run of play, the Baggies are level!
It’s a mess from City’s perspective, as they initially clear a free-kick but can’t stop West Brom from keeping the attack alive.
Ajayi’s shot ends up taking a massive deflection off Ruben Dias and beats Ederson.
The first goal City have conceded in more than 10 hours!
41 mins: Gallagher is in the book for a robust tackle on Gabriel Jesus.
West Brom haven’t had a sniff since that early chance for Grant.
37 mins: City put together at least a dozen passes before De Bruyne delivers a lovely low pass for Foden, whose first touch is of real quality.
However, Semi Ajayi is there to make another block, with Cancelo volleying well wide from the ensuring corner.
35 mins: City working hard now to create a second clear-cut opportunity, with Cancelo trying his luck with a long-range drive that has the power but is aimed straight at Johnstone.
32 mins: Chelsea loanee Gallagher tries to answer back immediately for West Brom, but his shot is wayward.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 West Brom | Ilkay Gundogan 30’
30 mins: West Brom’s impressive and determined early resilience is broken on the half-hour mark.
Cancelo slides a low pass into the right channel to Sterling, who stands up Gibbs and provides a cut back that Gundogan arrives to smash beyond Johnstone.
27 mins: Some tricky feet from Raheem Sterling in the West Brom penalty area as the England forward takes on former QPR defender Darnell Furlong, who scored an excellent goal in a losing effort at Newcastle on Saturday.
However, Matt Phillips tracks back well and is able to force the goal kick.
24 mins: City earn another corner down the right, with Ruben Dias and Rodri both rising to try and meet De Bruyne’s enticing delivery.
It’s a difficult header for the latter, who fails to test Johnstone.
20 mins: City absolutely dominating possession here as you might expect, though West Brom – whose players you couldn’t miss in that bright red and yellow away strip – are keeping their defensive shape well and there have been no further opportunities to speak of.
As I type that, Mendy gets what I think was an attempted cross all wrong and Johnstone will welcome a pressure-relieving goal kick.