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Man City v Albion match preview

31 January 2018

ALBION travel to the Etihad on Wednesday looking to continue a good run of form against league-leaders Manchester City (ko 8pm).

The opposition 

Pep Guardiola’s side are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, winning 21, drawing two and being defeated in just one of their 24 matches so far this season.

They lost their first game of the campaign a couple of weeks ago against Liverpool at Anfield, but have since bounced back with wins against Newcastle in the league, Bristol City in the Carabao Cup and Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

City made their first major signing of the January transfer window on Tuesday by bringing in Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

Last time out 

Our most recent PL fixture against Man City was at the end of October when goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling handed them a narrow 3-2 win at The Hawthorns despite strikes from Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips.

Albion also faced them in September in the third round of the Carabao Cup as Sane’s brace either side of Claudio Yacob’s effort saw City just about squeeze through.

Yacob celebrates scoring against City earlier on in the season.

Stats

Albion

  • Jay Rodriguez has now scored five goals in his most recent six games in all competitions.
  • The Baggies have won three of their last four matches in the league and cup, drawing the other one.
  • Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi has made the second most clearances in the PL so far (174).

Manchester City

  • City have netted two goals or more in each of their last 11 PL matches at the Etihad.
  • Kevin De Bruyne and Sane are both leading the PL assists table with 10 each.
  • Unsurprisingly, Guardiola’s team have made the most passes in the division this season (17,539).

From the archive

Highlights of Albion's 2-1 win over Manchester City in 2008.

Head to head 

The head-to-head record sees City come out on top, mostly due to results in recent years.

Overall there have been 153 meetings between the sides. Albion have won 54 times, there have been 29 draws and City have been victorious on 70 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Bobby Madley, and he’ll be assisted by Adam Nunn and Mick McDonough - with Kevin Friend as the fourth official.

It’ll be the third time Madley has refereed Albion this season having taken charge of the opening day win against Bournemouth and also the defeat away at Arsenal.

Ticket news

Tickets are still on general sale and are priced at £30 adults, £20 18-21s & seniors (over 65) and £15 U18s. They can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

The Baggies have been allocated 1,524 seats for the fixture.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.45pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 3pm and The Hawthorns at 3.45pm, is available for £15.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Man City is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Wednesday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Manchester City 3 Albion 0

31 January 2018

ALBION fell to a 3-0 defeat against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

Fernandinho handed dominant City a 19th-minute lead before Kevin De Bruyne, who pulled the strings for the hosts, doubled their advantage midway through the second half at the Etihad Stadium.

Ben Foster made a string of excellent saves for the Baggies, who handed January loan signing Daniel Sturridge his debut for the latter stages of the encounter.

Alan Pardew's side, who tasted defeat for only the second time in eight matches, now turn their focus to Saturday's league clash against Southampton at The Hawthorns.

Albion, captained by Gareth McAuley, made six changes from last weekend's superb FA Cup victory at Liverpool - captain Jonny Evans, Kieran Gibbs, Jake Livermore and Hal Robson-Kanu missing out due to injury.

Ben Foster had to be alert to make the first of several fine saves at his near post to keep out De Bruyne's strike from the angle of the penalty area.

The Baggies found themselves behind in the 19th minute as De Bruyne's inch-perfect ball sent in Fernandinho and he slotted past Foster.

Albion's No.1 stood up well to save from the lively De Bruyne when he was slotted clean through before the Belgium international, at the heart of City's play, fired just over from 18 yards.

Gareth Barry was introduced for the injured Grzegorz Krychowiak just after the half-hour mark, receiving a warm reception from his former club upon his 650th Premier League appearance.

De Bruyne was at it again to force another super save from Foster before the break, with Raheem Sterling curling an opening off target and Foster reacting quickly to keep out Sergio Aguero's instinctive backheel shortly after the restart.

Head Coach Pardew turned to Matt Phillips in the 55th minute but it was Foster who was again at the centre of the action, saving full stretch from Bernardo Silva.

But there was nothing he could do in the 68th minute as De Bruyne broke from midfield, exchanged a one-two with Sterling and slotted home to double City's advantage.

De Bruyne almost found the top corner with an audacious strike from near the halfway line.

Sturridge was introduced for his Baggies bow in the 78th minute. But it was Foster who was in superb form again late on to deny City substitute Brahim Diaz.

Albion's Liverpool loanee could have halved the deficit ten minutes after entering the fray but couldn't convert from a tight angle.

And City made him pay in the following minute, Sergio Aguero dinking the ball over Foster to wrap up the points.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson, McAuley (c), Hegazi, Nyom, Field (Phillips 55), Krychowiak (Barry 33), Yacob, McClean, Rodriguez, Rondon (Sturridge 78).

Subs: Myhill, Brunt, Harper, Burke, Phillips.

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Ticket News

Man City on general sale

22 January 2018

TICKETS are now on general sale for Albion’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Baggies, who have been handed 1,524 seats, travel north on Wednesday, January 31 (ko 8pm).

Tickets are priced £30 adults, £20 18-21s & seniors (over 65) and £15 U18s. They can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.45pm, Stourbridge and Lye at 3pm and The Hawthorns at 3.45pm, is available for £15.

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