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Nine changes for City against West Brom

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City make nine changes from the side that beat Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Only Phil Foden - who will make his 100th City appearance in all competitions - and Riyad Mahrez remain from the side that started at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, as Pep Guardiola shuffles his pack for the trip to West Brom.

Teams

City: Ederson, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Dias, Stones, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling (c), Mahrez

Substitutes: Steffen, Walker, Jesus, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia, Bernabe

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Gibbs, Ajayi, O'Shea, Robinson, Livermore, Pereira, Sawyers, Snodgrass, Grant

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Formation: 4-3-3

Ruben Dias and John Stones resume their central defensive partnership with Oleks Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo the preferred full-backs.

Rodrigo will anchor a midfield that includes Foden and Ilkay Gundogan, while Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo are the likely front three.

City look to up the ante?

With 10 successive wins in all competitions since our 1-1 draw with West Brom, City are the country’s form side.

The struggling Baggies have only shown flashes of a recovery under Sam Allardyce, with the recent win away to Wolves their standout result.

The Baggies’ point at the Etihad was under Slaven Bilic, so it’s open to question whether Big Sam will take the blueprint of the tactics that night and use them this evening.

A win tonight would put City top of the Premier League – at least for 24 hours – but also increase the points advantage over Liverpool to seven as we reach our official halfway point for the season.

With a trip to Anfield on the horizon, that would be a very good buffer to take to Merseyside as well as keeping the pressure on current leaders Manchester United.

But City know West Brom are scrapping for their lives and will take great heart from their draw at the Etihad.

Stats and facts

  • City are on a six-match winning run in the league and have earned 10 successive victories in all competitions, their longest streak since an 11-match sequence from August to October 2017.
  • City conceded our first goal in eight hours and 29 minutes in all competitions against Cheltenham on Saturday.
  • City have kept 10 clean sheets in 18 league games this season - only in 1976-77 have they reached double figures in fewer matches.
  • City's tally of 10 away league goals is the fewest among top-half sides.
  • Phil Foden's nine goals in 25 appearances this season is already one more than he scored in 38 games last season.
  • West Brom are winless in the past 18 Premier League meetings with City, drawing two and losing 16.
  • The Baggies have led for only 26 minutes and three seconds in total during those matches.
  • City's current six-game Premier League winning run at West Brom is their longest in the top flight against a single opponent.
  • West Brom have only won one of their past nine Premier League games.
  • They could lose five consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since 2004.
  • The Baggies could become the first club since Chelsea in 1978 to concede at least three goals in five successive top-flight home games.
  • West Brom are winless in their 30 Premier League matches played on a Tuesday, drawing 13 and losing 17.
  • The Baggies have conceded a league-high 24 goals in their nine home games this season.
  • Sam Allardyce could become the first manager since Chris Ramsey at QPR in 2015 to lose his opening four Premier League home fixtures.
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