Tonight's fixture sees West Brom travel north to face a Manchester City side in the midst of FA Cup final preparations.
During last weekend’s fixture against Swansea, Roberto Mancini was able to withdraw Yaya Toure at half time as his side played out a dull 0-0 draw. He is expected to make full use of his squad in anticipation of Saturday’s trip to Wembley.
Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 4-0 to City and Mancini will hope for more of the same as Chelsea moved to within just fourpoints of last season’s Champions with three games to go.
West Brom, with little to play for in 8th position, face an uphill task as the Citizens have dropped just two points at the Etihad since the turn of the year. The Baggies will look to prodigious talent Romelu Lukaku to build on his already impressive 14 league goals this term.
Steve Clarke was less than satisfied with his side’s defending in their previous outing against strugglers Wigan and will hope to see an improvement in that department. Given this, and the fact that Mancini will want to safeguard his players from any injuries, the game is likely to be a stale affair. However, with Manchester City still to secure second place, this expectation may yet be proved wrong.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Brom 1 (Long) Man City 2 (Dzeko 2), Premier League, October 2012
Man City 4 (Aguero 2, Tevez, Silva) West Brom 0, Premier League, April 2012
West Brom 0 Man City 0, Premier League, December 2011
Man City have gained 19 from a possible 21 points at home this calendar year. Liverpool denied them a 100% record (2-2, 3 Feb 2013).
Man City have scored 20 goals against West Brom since the forming of the Premier League and conceded 13. Roberto Mancini-led sides have contributed 11 of those scored and just one of those conceded.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 14 of his side’s 48 goals this season (29 per cent).
West Brom have only won one of their last 6 games which came two weeks ago against Southampton.
Man City to win: 1.39
West Brom to win: 9.8