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Laporte starts as City make four changes

BREAKTHROUGH: City celebrate Sergio Agüero's opener, the Argentine's 12th Premier League goal against Newcastle.

BREAKTHROUGH: City celebrate Sergio Agüero's opener, the Argentine's 12th Premier League goal against Newcastle.

Aymeric Laporte will start against West Brom as City make four changes from the side that beat Cardiff on Sunday.

The French defender lines up alongside Nicolas Otamendi despite joining the Blues only yesterday.

Ederson returns in goal, Oleksandr Zinchenko is recalled at left-back and David Silva is restored to midfield and skippers the side.

John Stones is absent with illness.


ON CAMERA: Aymeric Laporte sits down for his first CityTV interview.



Aymeric Laporte: First CityTV interview

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Starting line-up and bench

Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Bernardo, D Silva (c), De Bruyne, Aguero, Sterling

Subs: Bravo, Yaya Toure, Gundogan, Adarabioyo, Kompany, Danilo, Diaz

Bernardo on wing duty

Bernardo Silva will look to continue where he left off against Cardiff where he enjoyed his best game yet for City.

With Leroy Sane out for several weeks, Bernardo has a chance for a sustained run in the side.

He proved he can whip a mean cross in as he set up Raheem Sterling's goal as well as seeing what seemed a perfectly good goal ruled out with another left foot howitzer.


CONTROVERSY: Bernardo Silva reacts to seeing his thunderous effort ruled out for a questionable offside flag.


West Brom XI

Stats and possible milestones

The Blues need two more goals to reach 100 for the season in all competitions.

City have won 12 games on the bounce against West Brom – a run stretching back to Boxing Day 2011 and the Baggies haven’t won any of the last 16 games against the Blues.

City are looking for a 12th successive Premier League win at the Etihad having won all our games since the 1-1 draw with Everton last August.

Though West Brom beat Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend, they have won only one of their last 22 Premier League matches.

West Brom have failed to win their last 11 Premier League away games

Former City title-winner Gareth Barry could make his 650th Premier League appearance this evening.

Alan Pardew has never won a league game away to City in seven attempts, though he did oversee a 2-0 Capital One Cup win as Newcastle United boss at the Etihad in 2014

In 10 games against City, Daniel Sturridge has scored just one goal and made two assists

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