Monday, August 10, 2015

West Brom vs Manchester City - Competition: English Premier League

WBA finished last season very impressively after Tony Pulis succeeded David Irvine in the dug-out on New Year’s Day. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss led the side to 7 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats in their final 18 league matches of the season, finishing comfortably in 13th. The Baggies, who lost only 1 of their last 6 league games of the season, have spent £12.5m on three summer signings including James Chester, Rickie Lambert, James McClean and Callum McManaman. Plus, they have signed Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal.
Ben Foster misses out for the hosts and Myhill is expected to start in between the sticks. Gareth McAuley and Joleon Lescott are doubts in defense while Claudio Yacob and James Morrison could be battling for a place alongside Fletcher in midfield. Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino are likely to lead the line.
Man City have been in Australia where they drew 2-2 with Roma and lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the ICC Cup. Their most recent friendly saw them thrashed 4-2 at Stuttgart where they were 4-0 down in 37 minutes despite fielding a number of regular players. The Citizen have welcome Fabian Delph, Patrick Roberts and club record signing Raheem Sterling this summer.
David Silva has recovered from illness, whilst Samir Nasri is expected to be available. Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Gael Clichy are doubts while South Americans players as Zabaleta, Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis are not 100% fit to start the season. Raheem Sterling looks set to be handed his City debut with Wilfried Bony ready to replace Aguero should El Kun miss the match.
Manchester City have won their last 4 English Premier League openers in a row and both EPL meetings against WBA last season. The Citizen have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches against West Brom in all competitions.

Match date: 10 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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