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Baggies Braced For Battering

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There's no neutrality in terms of this fixture, City have been ruthless against the bottom feeders this season and with the accolade of top spot for 2012 as an added incentive, WBA will need to brave the inevitable onslaught with which City have become synonymous with.

These defining few months have seen the Citizens maintain their title challenge with only the Chelsea defeat blotting an otherwise perfect season. Despite this, Roberto Mancini's side still have United breathing down their necks (an unwelcome experience many an ageing prostitute has endured with a certain Mr Rooney).

City have a decent record against West Brom, notching up three wins in their last three meetings with the midlands side. That said, no game is easy - especially over the congestive festive period. Roy Hodgeson`s side recorded a well earned victory against Newcastle United in their last fixture, a result that will provide a huge boost in an otherwise poor season.

Adversely, City couldn`t possibly gain anymore confidence. A 3-0 win against Stoke has become the status quo and only complacency now stands in the way of a victory at the Hawthorns.

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WBA Team News:

Steven Reid, Youssouf Mulumbu and Jerome Thomas all picked up knocks and may be rested over this busy period.

Fortunately for WBA, James Morrison looks ready to return to action and will prove a welcome addition to an otherwise underwhelming line-up.

Player to watch: Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie has had a dreadful start to this season, injury and a range of other factors contributing. Roy Hodgeson has publicly criticised his star striker, but their is no denying his talent provides a massive threat for the home side.

Scoring against Newcastle last week could kickstart his season and he will need to be kept an eye on if Joe Hart hopes to maintain another clean sheet.

Manchester City Team News:

Micah Richards and Edin Dzeko are likely to be rested for another game as they struggle to overcome their respective injuries.

If so, they will be joining Aleksandar Kolarov on the sidelines as City's only long term absentee watches on from the stands.

Player to watch: Yaya Toure

The Ivorian's power and pace is truely a force to be reckoned with. Brushing aside even the most solid of defenders with unnerving ease, Toure has become almost symbolic of City's power.

Against the likes of WBA, Toure can cause all sorts of problems, his link up play through the middle providing the cutting edge than can carve aside teams in the blink of an eye.

Match Facts & Stats

The Baggies have lost five of their last eight Premier League games at the home.

West Brom have lost all of their Premier League games on Boxing Day to date.

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason takes charge on this Boxing Day mismatch.

Match Prediction:

City fans have been accused of arrogance recently - but don't mistake arrogance for belief. Vincent Kompany recently stated he has a 'gut feeling' that this is our year. Many City fans would agree - including myself. Football being the unpredicable beast that it is, anything could happen today. Manchester City being the predictable beast that they are, all things point to a resounding victory. WBA 1-4 Manchester City

Next Fixtures:

Premier League: Away to Sunderland on Sunday 1st January 2012 @ 3pm.

Date:Monday December 26 2011
Time: 3:10PM


City just not sharp enough in final third. Well done West Brom, a fantastic defensive display.
26/12/2011 16:55:00
Hodgson definitely had his team well-drilled today, so hats off to the Baggies for some excellent backs-to-the-wall defending. Pity City were so wasteful in front of goal, at times we looked a bit like the Arsenal of the past couple of seasons - ie trying to walk the ball into the back of the net when shooting would have been the better option. Need to do better up front against Sunderland!
26/12/2011 17:00:00
Must do better... Silva needs a rest and should have been taken off, not Nasri who was playing OK.
26/12/2011 17:02:00
26/12/2011 17:24:00
What's brilliant Batigol?
26/12/2011 17:32:00
I was prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt Batigol, but now you've outed yourself as a troll.
26/12/2011 18:48:00
Is VMC braced for trolls? Something tells me you're going to get a lot of 'em real soon.
26/12/2011 20:15:00
As far as I could tell from watching the game the Baggies did indeed brace themselves for a battering, the trouble from a City point of view was they braced themselves very well and held strong to not let us through.
26/12/2011 20:35:00
A little suprised to be honest that a 5 point advantage has now become 0 ( like Liverpool Feb 2009) Anyway joint top going into the last game of 2011 not a bad festive period happy days :) Read more:
26/12/2011 20:42:00
Not joint top mate - you're still second - and your run of easy games against relegation fodder is about to come to an end. Don't forget, we've played 5 of the current top 6 away from home, you've played all the top 6 AT home. I'm sure you'll drop a few points in those games. And the most important thing to remember is that you've got to play us at the Etihad in April. So wouldn't get your hopes up, we're just ******** with your heads...
26/12/2011 20:53:00
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