West Brom vs Manchester City match preview: Remembering when Gareth McAuley was accidentally sent off, plus debut time for Raheem Sterling

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns

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It’s a big game for…

Raheem Sterling: The most expensive, and controversial, transfer of the summer. Sterling will want to justify his enormous £49m transfer fee and in City’s fluid attacking system he may have just found a perfect fit. How he combines with Bacary Sagna (Pablo Zabaleta is still on leave after the Copa America) against the Baggies will be key in his early games.

Best stat…

20: Saido Berahino scored 20 goals in all competitions in 2014/15, 13 more than any other West Brom player. City, however, had three players reach double figures in the league alone, with Sergio Aguero (26), Yaya Touré (10) and David Silva (12)

Remember when…

In City’s meeting with West Brom last season at the Etihad, Gareth McAuley was sent off in a case of mistaken identity instead of fellow centre back Craig Dawson after 90 seconds. City went on to win 3-0.

 

Player to watch…

Rickie Lambert: The former Southampton man endured what was far from a dream season on Merseyside, but within hours of signing for West Brom netted a brace in a pre-season friendly. Should he be able to recapture his Southampton form, he could take away some of the goalscoring burden from Saido Berahino’s shoulders.

Past three-meetings…

Manchester City 3 (Bony, Fernando, Silva) West Brom 0, Premier League, March 2015

West Brom 1 (Ideye) Man City 3 (Fernando, Touré, Silva), Premier League, December 2014

Man City 3 (Zabaleta, Aguero, Demichelis) West Brom 1 (Dorrans), Premier League, April 2014

Form guide…

West Brom pre-season: LLWWWWL

Man City pre-season: WWDLWL

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: Monday, 8pm

TV: Live on Sky Sports

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