Can Manchester City continue winning run against Arsenal?

August 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face Arsenal in their first game of the new Premier League season. City are defending champions and are the bookies’ favourites to come out on top this weekend and retain the league title come May, whereas Arsenal’s expectations are to finish in the top-four and bring Champions League football back next season.

Last season, City thrashed the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates, days after beating them 3-0 in the League Cup final. They won 3-0 at home months previously too, so they’ll be fancied for a repeat. However, it will be a new and improved Arsenal they’re coming up against, with new manager Unai Emery having recruited well to strengthen the weak areas of the squad over the summer. Arsenal will be a tough opponent on Sunday.

City tails up after Community Shield victory

The Sky Blues are coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the final of the Community Shield which will have done wonders for their confidence. City have added only one player to a squad which has differing levels of fitness due to the number of individuals who were at the 2018 World Cup in Russia over the summer – Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.

Despite having a difficult juggling act to select a fully-fit side in the Community Shield, manager Pep Guardiola got the new season off to winners ways with yet more silverware against an opponent who could be challenging for the Premier League title this season. City played well and looked convincing winners, so they may have a minor edge over Arsenal who have failed to win two of their last three friendlies in 90 minutes.

Head-to-head record hints at a City victory to come

Manchester City have beaten Arsenal and scored three goals in each of their last three meetings in all competitions, losing only once since December 2015. City have been consistent against the Gunners, but playing at the Emirates might be an important factor.

Arsenal have only lost once at home to City in any competition since 2013 – they don’t often come unstuck in their own soil.

As for the manager head-to-heads, however, Guardiola has been dominant when coming up against Emery. In their last 10 meetings, Pep has won six and drawn four, losing none. It’s worth noting that each meeting is in La Liga when Guardiola was manager of Barcelona and Emery of Valencia.

Can he break the winless run on Sunday? Or will City reign supreme in this fixture once more?

Blues Go For Christmas Number One

December 19, 2010 by · 4 Comments
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City take on Everton on Monday, looking to go into the Christmas period as league leaders.

The blues sit in third place in the league just two points behind leaders United and will go top with victory over David Moyes’ struggling side. The Toffees have won just one game away from home this season while City have won four of their seven games at home so far.

There is still an element of bad blood between the two sides, most notably from the Merseysiders which stems from the Joleon Lescott affair from last summer and Moyes will be eager to beat the blues again following last season’s double over City.

But with the opportunity of leading the Premier League at Christmas, Roberto Mancini’s side will be hoping for another three points that will also keep their unbeaten run in check.

Team News

Mancini will have the opportunity to select want away striker Carlos Tevez following his one match suspension against West Ham last weekend. But if he is selected, he may have to do so without the captain’s armband, with Mancini rumoured to be stripping him of the honour in favour of former skipper Kolo Toure.

Carlos Tevez Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V Bolton Wanderers (1-0) 04/12/10 Premier League Photo: Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

The blues will be missing midfield hardman Nigel de Jong for the clash as he serves a one match suspension. 

Everton have injury worries over Steven Piennar, Tony Hibbert and John Heitinga, while former City target (allegedly) Mikel Arteta misses the match through suspension.


City (from): Hart, Richards, Bridge, Lescott, Boyata, Kolarov, Vieira, Barry, Johnson, K Toure, Y Toure, Silva, Tevez, Jo, Adebayor, Balotelli, Given, Milner, Kompany, Boateng, Logan, Cunningham.

Everton (from): Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Saha, Yakubu, Beckford, Anichebe, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, Hibbert, Duffy, Baxter, Mucha.

League Form:  

City (last five): DWDWW

Everton (last five): LDLDD

Prediction: City 3-0 Everton

Everton will prove a difficult opponent but I think the blues will over come them and record a decent home win.

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City v Bolton – Match Preview And Stats

December 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After qualifying for the knock-out stage of the Europa League it’s back to Premiership action for the blues as Bolton visit Eastlands.

The blues can potentially put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack with victory, should results elsewhere go their way. City will be confident of three points against Bolton, having been unbeaten in six league and European games since enduring a miserable 3-1 defeat at Lech Poznan.

During that run, City have conceded just two goals with both coming in away matches and haven’t conceded at Eastlands since the defeat to Arsenal back on 24 October.

Bolton sit in sixth place in the league, just three points behind City and needed to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 in their last game at home to Blackpool. On the road, Wanderers have won two from their seven away games so far but their only defeat came in September when they were beaten 4-1 at Arsenal.

Victory for the Trotters will put them level on points with City and throw the race for a Champions League place wide open.

Team News 

Mario Balotelli could be rewarded for his midweek double with another starting role despite his alleged bust up with team-mate Jerome Boateng. Midfielder Yaya Toure, who missed the victory over Salzburg with a migraine, could also return to the starting line up.

Adam Johnson will be hoping for a starting place after his performance on Wednesday resulted in a wonder goal that sealed the Europa League victory.

Bolton have injury worries over Stuart Holden but his replacement last week scored a brilliant goal against Blackpool and he will be hoping to retain his place. Martin Petrov will also be looking to appear against his former club for the first time.


City (from): Hart, Richards, Bridge, Lescott, Boyata, De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Johnson, K Toure, Y Toure, Tevez, Silva, Adebayor, Balotelli, Kolarov, Given, Milner, Kompany, Boateng, Logan, Cunningham.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Bogdan, Cahill, Steinsson, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Cohen, K Davies, Elmander, M Davies, Blake, Taylor, Klasnic, Ricketts, Alonso, Moreno.

League Form (Last Five)


Bolton form: WDWWD

Prediction: City 3-0 Bolton

Although Bolton are a decent side, I think the blues will be too strong for them and personally I think 3-0 will flatter them.

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Stats and Facts

The blues have won just two of the last five games against the Trotters at Eastlands but in total have won 28 of the 49 top flight games played at home, with Bolton only walking away with the three points on 11 occasions. 

During this period, City have scored 93 goals against Bolton and have only conceded 55. In the Premiership, City have won five of the eight games played, scoring 14 goals in the process while Bolton have recorded just three wins, scoring eight times. There has not been a Premier League draw in this fixture in the Premiership.

City’s biggest home win over Bolton came in 1936 when the blues thumped the visitors 7-0 in front of a 40,000+ crowd at Maine Road while the heaviest defeat came as far back as 1919 when Bolton ran out 4-1 winners.

City’s biggest home attendance for this fixture was in April 1931 when over 53,000 crammed into Main Road to witness a 2-1 City defeat.

Former City and Bolton Players

Some of the players that have worn the blue of City and the white of Bolton include:

Ken Barnes, Francis Lee, Wyn Davies, Brian Kidd, Peter Barnes, Asa Hartford, Neil McNab, Andy May, Paul Warhurst, Colin Hendry, Alan Kernaghan, Peter Beardsley, Jamie Pollock, Nicolas Anelka, Tal Ben-Haim, Martin Petrov.

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Derby Day Preview

November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Derby day means so much on both sides of Manchester. Bragging rights and an excellent day in work on Thursday will be at the forefront of supporter’s minds by 8pm tonight.

But the first derby of this season has some very high stakes attached to it, much more than bragging rights. A victory for City will put the blues level on points with United and stretch the gap between the blues and fifth place Newcastle. Not only that, but it would inflict a first defeat on United this season, much in the same way City lost at Old Trafford in September 2009.

Victory will give the blues fresh impetus after a recent run of poor results ended with a win at West Brom on Sunday and bring Sir Alex Ferguson’s 24th anniversary celebrations at Old Trafford back to earth. But while Ferguson has been in charge, City have seen 13 managers come and go with little success but the fans are hoping number 14, Roberto Mancini, will not fall in the same way as his predecessors.

The City boss has come under fire in the last few weeks but answered some of his critics with Sunday’s victory, while United narrowly beat West Brom’s Black Country neighbours Wolves 2-1 on Saturday. Mancini’s decision to play Mario Balotelli paid dividends but also saw the striker see red, a situation that angered the Italian who had warned the striker to pay attention to the referee.

For United, the derby has grown in significance over the last couple of years. At one time, Ferguson would be happy to get the three points, but now he revels much more than he used to when his team win the match. City failed to beat the reds in all competitions during the 1990’s and their only win until 2002 was a 5-1 victory at Maine Road in 1989.

But Ferguson admits that the derby matches are a ‘great intensity’ to those of the 90’s. “The fact we are both in the same city means there is an incredible intensity in this derby game now, which was not there 10 or 15 years ago.”

The derbies have come a long way since those days and United’s desire to beat the blues is just as great now as City’s to beat their old rivals. After the disappointment of last season when the blues lost three times to late goals, City will feel there is a score to settle at Eastlands tonight.

Team News

Mario Balotelli’s appeal against his sending off on Sunday fell on deaf ears as the FA upheld the red card and the derby is the first of a three match ban for the youngster. Emmanuel Adebayor is City’s only other doubt which leaves the blues short on attacking options.

United have more problems though. Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen both miss the game through injury, as do Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia. Anderson and Dimitar Berbatov missed Saturday’s win over Wolves with a virus and are rated as doubtful, while Ryan Giggs and Nani are also struggling to be fit for the game.


Forever the optimist, I will always go for a City win in this fixture and today is no different. I think City will choose the derby to show exactly what they can do and sweep United aside.

City 3-1 United

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Match Preview – City v West Brom

November 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Roberto Mancini will be hoping some of his very well paid stars will justify their worth as City take on West Brom at The Hawthorns on Sunday

Defeats to Arsenal and Wolves have dented City’s title aspirations, while the 3-1 loss in Poland on Thursday leaves the blues needing four points from their remaining two games to qualify for the knock out stage.

Earlier in the week, Mancini was forced to defend more rumours of dressing room unrest and Thursday’s display will not have done much to convince the doubters that he is in control of the dressing room.

West Brom have enjoyed a decent run and have lost just three games in all competitions this season, including knocking the blues out of the League Cup in September. Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Blackpool is The Baggies only defeat in nine games and that run has sent the Black Country side into 8th in the league. Victory on Sunday will see them replace City in 4th.

The Baggies have won their last three home league games against the blues and are yet to be beaten at home this season. In fact, it is eleven months sine The Baggies last home at home, 3-1 by Nottingham Forest, while City have won twice on their travels this season, at Wigan and Blackpool.

Team News

City could welcome back striker Carlos Tevez, who missed Thursday’s defeat with a thigh injury. Dedryk Boyata misses the game through suspension. Aleksander Kolarov, who on Thursday made his first appearance since the opening day of the season, could be handed a start.

West Brom had Gonzalo Jara sent off at Blackpool and he serves the first of a three match suspension, but Pablo Ibanez, who was also dismissed at Bloomfield Road, had his red card overturned and is available.


West Brom (from): Carson, Zuiverloon, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Thomas, Fortune, Myhill, Pablo, Tchoyi, Reid, Dorrans, Bednar, Cox.

City (from): Hart, Richards, K Toure, Kompany, Boateng, Milner, Barry, De Jong, Silva, Adebayor, Balotelli, Given, Lescott, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Vieira, Johnson, Jo.

League form (Last 5)

West Brom: WDDWL


Prediction: WBA 1-3 City

Despite the pressure on Mancini and the whole team, I think the blues will turn on the style.

City v Arsenal

October 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Emmanuel Adebayor could find himself relegated to the bench for Sunday’s visit of former club Arsenal.

The striker, who scored his first City hat-trick against Lech Poznan on Thursday, may have to again play second fiddle to Carlos Tevez as Roberto Mancini is expected to bring back a whole host of stars that missed Thursday’s win.

Mancini will also be aware of the scenes which marred City’s 4-2 win over he Gunners last season, when Ade ran the length of the pitch to celebrate City’s third goal in front of the visiting supporters, which led to some unsightly scenes from the Arsenal fans.

A win for City will consolidate the blues in second place and keep the pressure on Chelsea, who beat Wolves 2-0 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. A win for the Gunners could see them overtaking the blues, while a defeat of two goals or more will push the North Londoners into sixth place.

Team News

Mario Balotelli could be included amongst the substitutes. The £23m striker has only managed 33 minutes of action in a blue shirt, which came in August at Timisoara in the Europa League qualifiers. Jo made an appearance against Poznan on Thursday but suffered an ankle injury, while Kolo Toure is struggling with a hamstring injury. Aleksander Kolarov is still out.

Arsenal have a few selection problems going into the match. Last season’s villain, Robin van Persie, is spared from the City crowd after suffering an ankle injury, while Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia are also injured. Jack Wilshere starts a three match ban but Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner all return.


City (from): Hart, Given, Boateng, Richards, Zabaleta, K Toure, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Milner, Barry, De Jong, Y Toure, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Silva, A Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli, Adebayor, Jo.

Arsenal (from): Fabianski, Clichy, Squillaci, Djourou, Eboue, Nasri, Song, Fabregas, Arshavin, Walcott, Chamakh, Szczesny, Denilson, Rosicky, Bendtner, Diaby, Gibbs, Lansbury.

League Form:

City (Last five): DWWWW

Arsenal (Last five): WDLLW

Prediction – City 2-0

I think the battle will be won or lost in midfield and, despite Fabregas, I think City will have the edge.

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Newcastle Preview – City Going For Second Place

October 2, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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City take on Newcastle on Sunday knowing that a win over the Toon could put the blues into second place in the Premiership.

The blues will move up two places with a win, should Chelsea beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, putting City above the Gunners and United, who played out a goalless draw at Sunderland.

As our statistics show, City’s last home defeat to Newcastle came in September 2000, when an Alan Shearer goal gave the visitors the points and City are still unbeaten at home this season after Adam Johnson’s saved a point against Juventus in the Europa League group game on Thursday.

Johnson’s goal answered his critics who claimed his form has suffered following two impressive performances for England in the World Cup qualifiers, after the winger bagged a goal in each game. Johnson was relegated to the bench for the Carling Cup defeat against West Brom and the Premier League win over Chelsea, but was reinstated for the clash with the Italian giants and justified his selection with City’s equaliser.

“It was good to get a goal at the stadium. It has been a while coming. Hopefully it will be the start of many more. It was brilliant to score against Juventus”

Newcastle have played three away games so far this season and have won one, drawn one and lost one, but their most recent league outing ended in a 1-0 win at Goodison Park, but they will have to breach a tight City defence that has only leaked to goals in the league all season and only one at Eastlands.

If he plays, Joey Barton will finally make his first appearance back at Eastlands since moving to Newcastle in 2007.

Team News

Pablo Zabaleta is out injured after suffering a hamstring injury against Juventus, meaning Dedryck Boyata or Joleon Lescott will come in at left back, with Wayne Bridge and Aleksander Kolarov still out injured. Knee injuries keep Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mario Balotelli out and they are joined on the treatment table by Micah Richards.

Newcastle welcome back Sol Campbell from injury but Steve Harper, and the three Dans, Guthrie, Simpson and Gosling are all out injured.


City (from): Hart, Given, Boateng, Kompany, K Toure, Boyata, Cunningham, Lescott, Silva, De Jong, Y Toure, Barry, Vieira, Milner, Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor, Jo, Santa Cruz.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Routledge, Barton, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Nolan, Carroll, Soderberg, Gutierrez, R. Taylor, Lovenkrands, Smith, Ranger, Ameobi.

League form (Last 5):


Newcastle: WDLWL

Danger Man: Andy Carroll – The striker has been fairly prolific this season and could be a handful for the City defence.

Prediction: City 3-0 Newcastle

I just think the blues will be too strong for the Toon on Sunday and will win the game comfortably.

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Blues Aim To Strengthen Euro Top Spot

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City take on Juventus tonight, aiming to assert their authority on the group and at the most, could be four points clear of the chasing pack after tonight’s results.

The blues currently top Group A after a 2-0 win in Salzburg while their main rivals for the group, Tonight’s opponents Juventus, could only manager a 3-3 draw at home to Lech Poznan of Poland.

The last time City were in the group stages of the UEFA Cup, they won two and drew one of the four games but have won all three Europa League games so far this season.

After returning to Serie A in 2007, Juventus have struggled to make an impact in the Italian league, despite finishing runners up in the 2008/09 season. Their last league title came in the 2002/03 season and their last success in the Coppa Italia was in 1995.

Team News

Micah Richards could return to the City line up after missing the win over Chelsea with a hamstring injury. Left backs Wayne Bridge and Aleksander Kolarov will miss the game through injury ands Shaun Wright-Phillips is struggling with a knee problem.


City (from): Hart, Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, K Toure, Boyata, Cunningham, Lescott, Boateng, Silva, De Jong, Y Toure, Barry, Vieira, Milner, Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor, Jo, Santa Cruz.

Juventus (from): Storari, Motta, Chiellini, Rinaudo, Legrottaglie, Bonucci, Grygera, Pepe, Sissoko, Krasic, Melo, Iaquinta, del Piero, Manninger, Marchisio, Martinez, Lanzafame, de Ceglie, Costantino, Giandonato, Giannetti

MCB Prediction:

Juventus are a good side but very much a team in transition so I think the blues will come through this latest test.

Prediction: City 2-0 Juventus

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City v Chelsea – Preview and Predictions

September 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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City look to put the minor disappointment of the midweek League Cup defeat at West Brom behind them as they Chelsea visit Eastlands.

A win for City will the champions 100% start to the season and further emphasise their ambitions to join the top four elite and consolidate their position in fourth place. But defeat will no doubt be met with derision from pundits everywhere, claiming City are nowhere near good enough to challenge at the top.

Chelsea will be looking to avenge last season double as the blues came back form a goal down at Eastlands to win 2-1, before that result was doubled at Stamford Bridge as City ran out 4-2 winners.

The Champions also lost their League Cup clash with Newcastle on Wednesday and the fact that they rested several key players for that game, saving them instead for Saturday, is a clear sign they see the City game as more important.

Team News

City have big defensive worries ahead of the clash, with Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge, Aleksander Kolarov and Joleon Lescott all out injured and Micah Richards is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips is struggling with a knee injury, while Mario Balotelli is still out.

England midfielder Frank Lampard, who missed a penalty last season at Eastlands, will miss the game through injury, while Soloman Kalou, Yossi Benayoun and Gael Kakuta are all doubtful to make the match


Manchester City (from): Hart, Given, Richards, Boateng, Zabaleta, Kompany, K Toure, Boyata, Wright-Phillips, A Johnson, de Jong, Vieira, Barry, Y Toure, Milner, Silva, Tevez, Adebayor, Jo, Santa Cruz

Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Ferreira, Alex, Terry, Bruma, van Aanholt, Cole, Ivanovic, Malouda, Mikel, Ramires, Zhirkov, Essien, McEachran, Drogba, Anelka, Sturridge, Kakuta


Pete: With both teams losing in midweek, each team will need to win to justify the team selection so I think they will cancel each other out and play out a draw.

Prediction: City 2-2 Chelsea

Brian:  Chelsea are looking strong so far this season unbeaten in the league. Beaten twice by City last season I’m sure Chelsea will be out for blood. Like City, Chelsea also were knocked out of the Carling Cup this week. Like City, Chelsea were watching the game at the weekend and considered by both mangers a much more important game. I’ll be totally honest I’d love to see City winning 2-0, I’d be happy before the game with a 1-1 draw, my worst nightmare is probably nearer the truth I think Chelsea will win 3 – 1 kills me to think it but I’m not to sure how the game will unfold. Positive thinking and support will help on the day so I’m going say 1 – 1 piece due to injuries on both sides. Looking forward to it all the same even if a bit nervous, not so looking forward to a 6.30am flight in the morning.

City 1 – 1 Chelsea

Real Mancs Are Blue: It’s obviously going to be a tough game on Saturday. Chelsea look are like an unstoppable behemoth and we are in the midst of a true injury crisis. That being said I think ‘typical city’ will ring true once again and we will either draw, or if Balotelli starts we may win. Our defence is going to be the major issue.

My prediction City 3 Chelsea 1

Jake: We couldn’t have had a tougher game than Chelsea, after being knocked out in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Chelsea have conceded just five goals and scored a massive 54 in their last 13 Premiership games. With the blues very light on fit defenders for this 12:45 kick off, I’m afraid I will have to go with my head over my heart and go for a draw. Mancini has transformed our leaky defence under Mark Hughes into a formidable backline this season, so I don’t expect Chelsea to bang in as many goals as they did against Blackpool and Wigan. But, we are playing against the Premiership champions and that’s always going to be a tough task for anybody.

Prediction – Manchester City 1 – 1 Chelsea (Goal scorer – Carlos Tevez)

Callum: My prediction is 1-1. I think we will take the lead through Yaya Toure, David Silva or James Milner and then Carlos Tevez will miss a penalty, then they will get another penalty which Drogba scores

Prediction: City 1-1 Chelsea

Meanwhile the ‘experts’ have had their say. Mark Lawrenson has us down for a 1-1 draw, while Sky Sports has Chelsea down for a 2-1 win. Jamie Redknapp doesn’t think City will get beat but doesn’t commit to a score while Paul Merson believes Chelsea win will 3-1 and City will be out of the title race.

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Tough Decision For Mancini

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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City begin their Carling Cup campaign tonight, eager to put to bed the memory of their last minute semi final defeat at Old Trafford.

But City boss Roberto Mancini has a tough decision to make ahead of the game and will have Saturday’s Premiership clash with Chelsea on his mind. The boss would like to make around six or seven changes for the match at The Hawthorns, but will be unable to do so without weakening his side.

But the blues see the Carling Cup as their best opportunity for silverware this season and won’t want to risk going out at the third round, particularly since he progress they made last year.

West Brom will be hoping to continue their good run against the blues at The Hawthorns. The Baggies have won the last four games in the Black Country against City but may be prepared to put cup success on the back burner as they attempt to stop bouncing between the Premier League and First Division.

Team News

Shay Given may be in line for his first game of the season but City may rest striker Carlos Tevez for the match with Jo being a possible replacement. Emmanuel Adebayor may also be rested as Mancini may keep him fresh for Saturday’s game. Wayne Bridge is also in contention to start.

Baggies manager Roberto di Matteo may rest several players ahead of their game against Arsenal at the weekend.


West Bromwich Albion (from): Carson, Tamas, Jara, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Barnes, Scharner, Brunt, Reid, Fortune, Dorrans, Odemwingie, Myhill, Ibanez, Bednar, Tchoyi, Zuiverloon, Wood, Cox, Mantom

Manchester City (from): Given, Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, K. Toure, Boyata, Cunningham, Wright-Phillips, A. Johnson, de Jong, Vieira, Barry, Y. Toure, Milner, Silva, Tevez, Adebayor, Jo, Santa Cruz


I said at the start of the season City will win this competition this year and that view won’t change.  

West Brom 1-3 City

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