Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion Preview

May 16, 2017
By: Deke Hardman

Tuesday’s Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium sees Manchester City face West Bromwich Albion.

The hosts can all but seal a top four finish with victory, while they will definitely be playing in next season’s Champions League if they win and Arsenal fail to beat relegated Sunderland in the evening’s other fixture.

Pep Guardiola’s side have lost just one of their last fifteen league games, with their only defeat of the run coming at the home of champions Chelsea last month.

John Stones could return after missing the past five weeks with a muscle injury while Fabian Delph is likely to miss the final two matches of the season with a calf problem.

Sergio Aguero, who could return to the starting line-up after only being used as a substitute in Saturday’s win over Leicester City, is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 3.5 (5/2) with some firms while the man he replaced – Raheem Sterling – is an 8.0 (7/1) shot with Bet 365.

The home win is 1.14 (1/7) with several bookmakers, with the visitors as highly priced as the 26.0 (25/1) on offer from Ladbrokes. The draw can be backed at 10.0 (9/1) with Sporting Bet.

Victory for the Baggies would leave them on course to secure their best ever Premier League points tally, with currently stands at 49 points which they accrued four seasons ago – when they finished in the eighth spot they currently occupy.

However, they have taken just one point from their last seven games, while their 2-2 draw with Burnley earlier this month was also the only match in which they scored during that woeful run.

Hal Robson-Kanu could make the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury while Matt Phillips is not ready to return after suffering from a similar problem and defender Gareth McAuley could also miss out.

Salomon Rondon is 15.0 (14/1) to open the scoring ahead of 23.0 (22/1) chance Nacer Chadli.

City have won the last ten meetings with nine of those games having three of more goals, and you can back that outcome here at 1.4 (2/5) with Coral.

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