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City make nine changes for Baggies trip

SOLID SILVA: Bernardo Silva looks to open up the Burnley defence

SOLID SILVA: Bernardo Silva looks to open up the Burnley defence

Pep Guardiola has made nine changes from the side that squeezed past Wolves in the Carabao Cup.

Only Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus remain from the side that began against the Championship outfit.

Sergio Aguero may have to wait another game to break the Club’s goal-scoring record as he drops down to the bench for today’s game.

Team:

Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva (captain), Bernardo, Sane, G Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Yaya Toure

Probable formation:

City look likely to go with a 4-1-4-1 formation at The Hawthorns today.

With Gabriel Jesus the central striker, Bernardo and Leroy Sane are likely patrol the flanks with the creative staple of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne behind Jesus.

Fernandinho will anchor the midfield with Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker given licence to raid down either wing as and when necessary.

CUP CRACKER: Ilkay Gundogan congratulates team-mate Leroy Sane after his early strike

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Stats and milestones:

There are numerous records and milestones that could be achieved/broken this afternoon…

City have won the last 12 meetings against West Brom in all competitions - 11 Premier League and 1 Carabao Cup victory.

West Brom are unbeaten at home this season in the Premier League.

It’s fair to say Tony Pulis doesn’t enjoy playing City, having won just one of 17 games during his managerial career, of which 12 were losses including the 1999 Play-off final against Gillingham and the 2011 FA Cup final with Stoke.

If City win today, it will be the most away wins in a row in the and equal the record of six set between 7 March – 26 September 1903.

It would also be the most wins in a row in all competitions: The current run is 12 and a win today would take the sequence to 13.

A win or draw would be the most games without defeat in all competitions – the run is currently without loss equalling the 24 Nov 2013- 29 Jan 2014 run of 20 games in all competitions without defeat.

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