David Silva, Jesus Navas and Yaya Touré remain on the sidelines for this encounter, so there aren’t too many changes foreseeable in the line-up. Manuel Pellegrini has rotated the left-back position virtually every game this season and that would suggest it’s Gael Clichy’s turn to have a go, but Aleks Kolarov offers a greater attacking threat and that might be called upon at home.
It would be great to see the enthusiastic Jack Rodwell given a chance in Yaya’s absence, but Javi Garcia remains the more likely pick in central midfield, despite his one-dimensional nature expected to be superfluous once again. Stevan Jovetic produced a breezy cameo against Sunderland during the week and could replace James Milner in the side, with Edin Dzeko hoping to dislodge Alvaro Negredo up front.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Phil Dowd.
Prediction: MAN CITY 2 – 0 West Brom – Liverpool are now overwhelming favourites to secure the Premier League title and that release of pressure will hopefully help City to regain the freedom and fluency that has been missing from recent games. I’m predicting goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic.