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Manchester City FC vs. West Bromwich Albion

City Of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 19th April 2009

3pm

MCFC v West Brom

Manchester City are fighting to reach Europe while West Brom are fighting to stay in the Premier League. Many would say Mark Hughes is fighting for his job.

A draw with Aston Villa meant that West Ham haven't pulled away from the pack quite yet.

This is a must win game for Mark Hughes' men and they can't afford to fail to make the most of West Ham's and Fulham's failure to pick up maximum points. Anything less than three points would almost certainly put seventh place out of reach for City.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes said ahead of the crucial home game: 'We will try to get in to Europe by virtue of our league position. If we can continue our good home form we have a chance of being in the mix for seventh place.

'The players were very low in the dressing room after we were knocked out of the Uefa Cup, it was an emotional night. But we have another big game at the weekend.

'We have got to pick ourselves up. It is a case of making sure we recover, clear our heads and go again.'

Tony Mowbray had a positive attitude heading into the game, stating: 'Let's hope they have some flatness about their performance. If they do we must take advantage of the situation.

'I am sure we will go to Eastlands and have spells in the game when we will look very comfortable and will put them on the back foot.

'But with the talent they possess there will be times when they will have us at full stretch.

'On their day they can damage anyone but we've also shown that we can give teams problems.'

Manchester City FC Team News:

Long term absentees include strikers Bellamy and Benjani.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is still recovering from an injury with Elano expected to take his place as he did so effectively against Hamburg.

Richard Dunne's red card has no bearing on Sundays game and he is expected to take up his usual position in the heart of the defense.

Player to watch: Elano Blumer

The Brazilian star has won back his place in the City side, showing everyone exactly what he was capable of against Hamburg SV.

If he plays anywhere near the level he played at on Thursday, Elano will shred the Baggies to rags.

West Bromwich Albion Team News:

Shelton Martis and Roman Bednar are set to miss out against City.

Player to watch: Borja Valero

The Spanish midfielder was brought to West Brom last summer for a massive 4.7m from Real Mallorca.

Unfortunately for the Baggies, he is surrounded by Championship level players and he has been unable reach his true potential.

This being said, no-one should under estimate his ability and he could surprise a few people.

Match Facts & Stats

Amazingly, it has been 23 long years since Manchester City last beat the Baggies at home in the Premier League with West Brom unbeaten in the last six games against the Blues...

West Brom have also managed to claim more points from City than from any other club in the league.

About time to change those stats!

Ref Watch:

Mike Jones oversees this game. After only nine games this term, he has shown two reds and 30 yellows.

Match Prediction:

City will be running on weary legs and it will be a test of character to bounce back after the heart breaking exit out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday. West Brom are pretty much relegated and only have pride to play for, I expect City to punish the Baggies for their efforts. Hughes needs to 'manage' the team to victory and instill confidence again. I expect him to do it and I think the score will be: MCFC 3-1 West Brom.

Next Fixtures:

Away at Everton on Saturday 25th April, 3pm.




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Date:Saturday April 18 2009

Time: 7:01PM

Your Comments

As always 8 a good overview ...these are the matches I get nervous about ..the "sure fire three pointers"
Doody
As always 8 a good overview ...these are the matches I get nervous about ..the "sure fire three pointers"
Doody
We have to take the Hamburg momentum into this one. Eastlands Expects.
Johnny Baguette
We have to take the Hamburg momentum into this one. Eastlands Expects.
Johnny Baguette
Im nervous too Doody, by all means we should win but City never make things easy for themselves. I think we will do it but only because West Brom are so poor.
eighthsin
Im nervous too Doody, by all means we should win but City never make things easy for themselves. I think we will do it but only because West Brom are so poor.
eighthsin
you know something im not nervous one bit because i know this is a very easy 3 points and 3 goals for us.
bluemooner_mcfc
you know something im not nervous one bit because i know this is a very easy 3 points and 3 goals for us.
bluemooner_mcfc
 

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