UK time is: 15:57:14
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City

The Hawthorns


15h00 BST

The Baggies versus The Citizens

An entertaining encounter lies in wait for Hawthorns bound fans this weekend as two fine sides go head to head...

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini:
'I should say many compliments to Steve Clarke because he has done a very good job until now. In this moment, I think West Bromwich is the team that has played the best football, so tomorrow for us it will be tough. It is very important when there are two teams that play very good football, I think it is important for the supporters, for everyone.'

Steve Clarke :
'At this moment in time I'd say Manchester City are still the favourites to win the league...They haven't shown that they've gone backwards from last year. They've shown that they're at the same level and it's up to everyone else to catch up with them. I read in the week that David Silva is injured but they've got Samir Nasri to come in. They've got like-for-like replacements all over the pitch...We have worked ever so hard and done really well to build ourselves a good platform. Now we have to try to build on that platform.'

West Bromwich Albion Team News:

Youssouf Mulumbu
Jerome Thomas
Chris Brunt
Billy Jones
Steven Reid
Boaz Myhill

Player to watch: Shane Long

Scoring steadily and a clear and present danger amongst a Baggies forward line that has been firing on all cylinders at the start of this campaign. Will command plenty of attention from City's big men.

Manchester City Team News:

Jack Rodwell
Javi Garcia
David Silva

Player to watch: Yaya Touré

Whole lot of stirring going on. From the MUEN to Das Daily Mail, anti-City brigade hacks have gone into overdrive this week drooling over the oft repeated comments of Yaya`s agent that the giant City powerhouse wants to leave the Champions at 29 years old. Mancio has given the rumours short shrift. Let`s see how the big man responds himself.

Match Facts & Stats

Only The Citizens and Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League this season. WBA join Chelsea in the positive stats with a 100% home record.

Across the last 5 visits to The Hawthorns, City have won only once. However, West Brom have not scored in their last 4 matches against The Champions. City are unbeaten against The Baggies in 5 games. Furthermore, the midlanders have not found the net against The Blues in the last 4.

Head To Head
League: 54 City Wins, 27 Draws, 49 WBA Wins
League Cup: 2 City Wins, 2 WBA Wins
FA Cup: 1 City Win, 1 Draw, 2 WBA Wins
Total: 58 City Wins, 29 Draws, 54 WBA Wins

This Could Be The Last Time:
We 11Apr 2012 Man City 4 - 0 West Brom PL
Mo 26Dec 2011 West Brom 0 - 0 Man City PL
Sa 05Feb 2011 Man City 3 - 0 West Brom PL
Su 07Nov 2010 West Brom 0 - 2 Man City PL
We 22Sep 2010 West Brom 2 - 1 Man City LC

Betting: City 7/10 Draw 11/4 WBA 4 Racing Post Soccerbase

TV Coverage: BBC Match Of The Day - probably for 2 minutes unless we get beat.


Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg of Tyne and Wear 2011-2012 Record Across All Competitions: 36 Games, 115 Yellows, 8 Reds - Last Season: Su 18Sep 2011 Fulham 2 - 2 Man City PL Su 23Oct 2011 Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City PL Mo 12Dec 2011 Chelsea 2 - 1 Man City PL Sa 03Mar 2012 Man City 2 - 0 Bolton PL - 2012-2013 Record So Far Across All Competitions: 6 Games, 24 Yellows, 1 Red - This Season: Sa 15Sep 2012 Stoke 1 - 1 Man City PL

Match Prediction:

Johnny On The Spot: Could have and should have won at West Brom last Boxing Day. The Hawthorns can best be filed under " a difficult place to go where Champions get results." Hardly ever a happy hunting ground for The Blues, but the terrific resurgence the side demonstrated against Sunderland bodes well for what amounts to an extremely important clash with the Premier League so tight at the top ahead of another hectic run of City fixtures. I fancy us to do the job with a solid performance ahead of the intriguing trip to Ajax on Wednesday. WBA 0 City 2

Next Fixtures:

We 24 Oct 19h45 Ajax, Amsterdam Arena, CL
Sa 27 Oct 17h30 Swansea City, The Etihad, PL
Sa 03Nov 17h30 West Ham, Upton Park, PL
Tu 06 Nov 19h45 Ajax, The Etihad, CL
Su 11 Nov 13h30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
Sa 17 Nov 15h00 Aston Villa, The Etihad, PL
We 21 Nov 19h45 Real Madrid, The Etihad, CL
Su 25 Nov 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, PL
We 28 Nov 20h00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 19 2012

Time: 10:12PM

Your Comments

Cracking preview JB, them stats make for some pleasant reading. Love the TV coverage bit, spot on.
Cracking preview JB, them stats make for some pleasant reading. Love the TV coverage bit, spot on.
Looking forward to a much better game than last season's bus-parking epic!
Looking forward to a much better game than last season's bus-parking epic!

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Man City v Swansea (Saturday November 22 2014)

Team News: City v Swansea City (Friday November 21 2014)

Pellegrini Sets New Year Target (Friday November 21 2014)

Kompany Boost For City (Thursday November 20 2014)

Fernando Expects Chelsea Slip (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Frustrated Sinclair Just Wants To Play (Wednesday November 19 2014)

French Interest In Guidetti? (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Nastasic Out, Messi In? (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 250
2. Skoorb 214
3. fifthcolumnblue 121
4. Bluedub 101
5. kennyclementstache 99
6. OziMan 74
7. BamaEngineer 72
8. rojo2010 69
9. CITYBOY1000 52
10. ManchestEZ City 46

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 1 Swansea
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Man City
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 12 10 2 0 +19 32
2. Southampton 11 8 1 2 +18 25
3. Man City 12 7 3 2 +11 24
4. Man Utd 12 5 4 3 +4 19
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 +4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 +3 18

Breaking League News

The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City
» Man City : 23/11/2014 13:50:00
Liverpool: Palace vs. LFC Team News
» Liverpool : 23/11/2014 12:41:00
United Line-Up Keeper Swap deal?
» Man Utd : 23/11/2014 12:00:00
Burnley Stoke Fire And Get Warm Glow!
» Burnley : 23/11/2014 11:40:00
"We`re Not Great Yet" - Warns Jose!
» Chelsea : 23/11/2014 11:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal From The QPR Horror Show?
Suggested By:  The Headshaker Ritual
Agüero 32′ 45%
Agüero 83′ 55%