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West Brom
vs.
Man City

The Hawthorns

08/08/15

8pm

On Sky

The last time, in recent years of course, Man City failed to retain the title we came back the year after to reclaim the top prize and the bid to wrestle back the Premier League title from the clutches of Chelsea, others will feel they've got a say in the destination of this mind, begins on Monday.

A live Sky Sports meeting with Tony Pulis' West Brom at the Hawthorns awaits us, with Manuel Pellegrini going into this knowing his futures secured after a new deal was signed.

Manuel Pellegrini

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West Brom Team News:

West Brom brought in Serge Gnabry, in a season-long deal from Arsenal, on Friday but he'll not debut in this one however Rickie Lambert - who will be looking to prove a point this season after a disappointing year with Liverpool, James Chester and James McClean all should.

Former City man Joleon Lescott (undisclosed injury) should make it.

Player to watch: Rickie Lambert

Man City Team News:

David Silva is fit to feature and given he's scored three-goals in his previous four-matches against West Brom we'll be glad he is available, as we would be regardless of this goalscoring run against the Baggies.

Of course many eyes will be on 49m man Raheem Sterling who will make his debut but Fabian Delph (hamstring) is denied his own and Gael Clichy is also sidelined.

Player to watch: David Silva

Match Facts & Stats

West Brom do get fortunate when it comes to a home start as this will be the fifth season running they've kicked-off their season at the Hawthorns.

If they keep things tight and a cleansheet is kept, which they did in over 50% of the games played under Pulis last season, they'll be confident of nicking something at the other end if our defence isn't tighter than seen in pre-season!

City have won or drawn the last six season opens, five-match have been won so we start the campaign well, at least we have since Aston Villa beat us four-two to start the 2008/09 season.

Match Prediction:

With four wins from the last five-matches at the Hawthorns the Citizens will be confident enough going into this - more so that we've beaten the Baggies in seven-matches, home and away, in succession.

What way will this one go?

Next Fixture:

Next up, after this game, are Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.

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I was going to say you were tempting fate because we had won the title and then were runners up the following year, not that history ever repeats itself because indeed it has with City. However as many (here I was trying to think of a word rather than people) uneducated persons point out we have no History. So the 4 Champions titles and 5 times runners up, the 5 times winner of the FA Cup and 5 times runners up, The 3 times winners of the League Cup, the 1 runners up, the Winners of the European Cup Winners Cup, the 4 Times winners and 5 times runners up of the Charity/ Community shield do not count. first title 1937, First FA Cup 1904, first League Cup 1970, First European Trophy 1970.
buzz lightyear
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