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STAT PACK: Can Albion spring a surprise?

19 April 2014

Facts and figures on Easter Monday's clash at the Etihad Stadium (ko 8pm)

ALBION travel to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night (ko 8pm) and ahead of the game football stats website WhoScored.com have previewed the clash.

The Baggies' away record has picked up of late with recent wins at Swansea and Norwich. 

Goals and chances are flowing more easily under Pepe Mel, and a shaky City backline that has been exposed on plenty of occasions of late - and breached no fewer than five times in their last two league matches - could be vulnerable once again. 

Sunderland averaged less than a goal per game away from home prior to Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at City. Comparatively, Albion have scored an average of 1.13 goals per away encounter this season.

Nonetheless, City's attacking talents cannot be overlooked and the Baggies' players at the other end of the pitch will be key.

Ben Foster has been in sensational form of late. 

Recent performances have been highly impressive, with three of his last four appearances being marked significantly above the '7' mark according to WhoScored.com's statistical rating system.

His most recent outing - in the 3-3 draw with Tottenham in which he saved yet another penalty - represented his second-best performance of the season (7.96) behind his brilliant display in the goalless draw at Goodison Park early in the season. 

Compared to an average rating for Premier League goalkeepers this season of 6.64, Foster's displays have been particularly impressive.

A clean sheet at Norwich - in which Foster rated 7.2 on WhoScored's rankings - was scant reward for his recent displays, and Manchester City's strikeforce may be up against it when trying to beat the England international.

A late rally in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns almost grabbed the Baggies a point earlier in the season, and with that and recent results combined, there is certainly reason for optimism ahead of this clash. 

Albion have come away from City with positive results on more than one occasion previously, and if ever there was a time they stood a good chance of doing so again, it is now.


*WhoScored.com is a unique website and one of the fastest growing in the sports industry, specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @alitweedale on Twitter.

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


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HOME
73
38
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+59

AWAY7016
124297163

-66

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Interesting facts

Manchester City are winless in their last two Barclays Premier League matches and have not gone three without victory since February last year.

Albion are looking to extend their unbeaten league run to four games, a feat not achieved since New Year's Day. 

Manuel Pellegrini's side have bagged 88 goals in 33 league games this term - second only to Liverpool (93 in 34).

Albion's last league win over City came in December 2008 courtesy of a 2-1 success at The Hawthorns, with their last away success coming at Maine Road in 2003.

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Albion 2 (Pantilimon og 85, Anichebe 90) Man City 3 (Aguero 9, Toure 24, pen 74) 
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Man City 1 (Dzeko 35) Albion 0

Form guide (last six league matches)
 
ALBION: LWLDWD 
MAN CITY: WWDWLD

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Tottenham – home D 3-3): Foster, McAuley, Reid, Olsson (Dawson 78), Ridgewell, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon (Yacob 58), Vydra (Berahino 72). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jones, Anichebe, Thievy

MAN CITY (v Sunderland – home D 2-2): Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Demichelis, Milner, Nasri, Garcia, Fernandinho (Rodwell 87), Negredo (Dzeko 69), Aguero (Jovetic 57). Subs not used: Pantilimon (gk), Richards, Lescott, Clichy

Man City team news

Yaya Toure (muscle), David Silva and Jesus Navas (both ankle) all look set to remain sidelined for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Ref watch

Phil Dowd will referee Monday's game. The Staffordshire official last oversaw the Baggies in their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle at the end of November. He has dished out 102 yellow cards and three red in 23 games this term.

Betting

Selected odds from Sky Bet:

Albion to win: 11/1

Man City to win: 1/5

Draw: 6/1

Stephane Sessegnon to score first: 18/1

Sergio Aguero to score first: 9/4

If you fancy a flutter with the club's official online betting partner, click here.

Tickets

Tickets for this game remain on general sale. For more information, click here.

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