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.
With kick-off scheduled for 8pm GMT, follow all the build-up and live match action with Standard Sport’s blog below.
Laporte or Stones?
One key decision for City could come at the back, with Aymeric Laporte having not started a Premier League game since November 21 due in large part to the return to favour of John Stones, who has helped Guardiola’s side keep a string of clean sheets.
“It depends on performances and John is performing well, that is why he is playing,” Guardiola said.
“But there are a lot of games and everyone has to be ready. Maybe they are not playing much but around the corner they may have a chance and they have to be ready.”
Head to head Premier League results
Last meeting: Man City 3-0 West Brom (January 31, 2018)
West Brom team news
As for West Brom, defender Kyle Bartley is set to miss the festive programme with a calf issue, while Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field are all still out.
Meanwhile, key man Matheus Pereira remains suspended after his red card in the 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Man City team news
Guardiola will make a late decision on the fitness of Sergio Aguero, who missed the Manchester derby due to illness but resumed training on Monday.
However, defenders Eric Garcia and Oleksandr Zinchenko remain sidelined.
Prediction: Man City 4-0 West Brom
West Brom have been miserable on their travels this season and have been conceding goals for fun, while a meagre attack will find it very difficult indeed to breach a City backline that haven’t conceded a goal in any competition since their 2-0 defeat by Tottenham on November 21.
All signs point towards another emphatic home victory for Guardiola’s team. Damage limitation for the Baggies from the outset.
How to watch Man City vs West Brom
TV channel: The game will be televised on Amazon Prime Video.
Live stream: Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch the match online.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester City vs West Brom is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off tonight (Tuesday, December 15, 2020).
The match will be played behind closed doors at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester placed in Tier 3 of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions.
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