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Man City v West Brom
City of Manchester Stadium
Tuesday, 28 December
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Joey Barton could return to the Manchester City line-up as Kevin Keegan
changes things around after their loss at Everton on Sunday.

Jon Macken may be the man to make way and Christian Negouai is suspended,
but Danny Mills' ban does not start yet and Ben Thatcher may be fit to play.

West Brom may welcome back Kanu after he missed Sunday's thrashing by
Liverpool with a virus.

Cosmin Contra is suspended and Darren Moore is doubtful with a knee injury.


a.. MANCHESTER CITY take on struggling West Bromwich Albion with high hopes
of returning to winning ways at the City of Manchester Stadium, having
suffered their first defeat in five home Premiership engagements, when Spurs
beat them 0-1 last time out on 11 December.

a.. City have scored ten and leaked just six goals in nine home League games
this term, three of which were won, three drawn and three lost. They've won
eight of 28 League fixtures at the City of Manchester Stadium since moving
at the beginning of last season. Southampton visit Eastlands on New Years
Day, before City make the journey to Highbury to take on the defending

a.. City are chasing a fourth win in six home League meetings with West

a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION head north west on the back of three successive
away Premiership defeats. Indeed since Bryan Robson took the reigns, the
Baggies have claimed only one point from four matches on the road.

a.. Albion have been paired with northern opposition for all their Christmas
and New Year matches. This game follows the home Boxing Day clash with
Liverpool, and precedes a trip to Bolton and a home clash with Newcastle.
The Baggies lie bottom-but-one in the Premiership's "away" table without a
win and only three points from draws at Blackburn, Southampton and Arsenal.
They're yet to keep a League clean sheet away from the Hawthorns, and are
chasing only their fourth away victory in Premier League history.

a.. The only previous time these two have met on City soil in the
Premiership, the Baggies won 1-2. It was Albion's first victory in 11 League

Andy D'Urso (Billericay)


11th 23 points
Highest achievable after Tuesday's games: 9th
Lowest could fall: 13th

a.. Won three of the last six Premiership games.
a.. Lost three of the last four League outings.
20th 10 points
Highest achievable after Tuesday's games: 20th
Lowest could fall: STAY AT THE FOOT

a.. Battling to avoid a sixth successive Premiership defeat.
a.. Albion's longest losing sequence in the Premiership is seven between 19
February and 12 April 2003.
a.. Aiming for a first win in 12 League outings.
a.. Claimed three points from a possible 33 since beating Bolton 2-1 at home
on 2 October.
a.. Holding the least effective attack in the top division - 15 goals scored
in 19 games.
a.. Not scored in three games, or 315 minutes (five hours 15 minutes) of top
flight soccer.



a.. Robbie FOWLER s a hat trick short of 150 career League goals.
a.. If on the field at kick off, Nicolas ANELKA will be making his 100th
start for Manchester City.
a.. If he lines-up for the opening whistle, Joey BARTON will be making his
50th start for the Citizens.
a.. Should he be involved, Jonathan MACKEN will be making his 50th
appearance for the Light Blues.
Riccardo SCIMECA is the only player to have figured in every minute of every
one of Albion's League and Cup games this season.

League: Man City 50 wins, WBA 46, Draws 24
Prem: Man City 1 win, WBA 1, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Man City
League: Man City 36 wins, WBA 16, Draws 8
Prem: Man City 0 wins, WBA 1, Draws 0

Third Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Todays team



Looks like
      Greening Gera 
 Clement Johnson Wallwork 
Robinson Purse Gaardsoe Scimeca
A Xmas tree formation?

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Scimeca, Purse, Gaardsoe, Robinson,
Gera, Johnson, Wallwork, Greening, Clement,
Kuszczak, Koumas, Albrechtsen, Hulse, Earnshaw.

Man City -
Mills, Distin, Dunne, Jordan,
S. Wright-Phillips, Barton, Bosvelt, Sibierski,
Fowler, Anelka.
Waterreus, Macken, Onuoha, B. Wright-Phillips, Flood.

Ref: A. D'Urso (Billericay)

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Lucky bastards. Not even one shot on net.

Your fans were brilliant though, and seem to accept that you're down, so are having a fun time instead. A joint chorus between City and West Brom fans of "We want robson out" and "theres only one gary megson" were hilarious.

And Gera's tackle on Jordan was a disgrace, and he too should have been sent off. He's now injured, and may not get his first team place back which he fought so hard for.

~ The Green ;)ne

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Richard Dunne's freak own goal gifted West Brom a point after they had been totally outplayed by Manchester City.

Thomas Gaardsoe's early red card for a professional foul on Robbie Fowler made West Brom's already tough task harder.

Nicolas Anelka's first half free-kick looked to have won it for City, but ominously they failed to take numerous chances to add to the scoreline.

With five minutes left, an optimistic ball forward struck Dunne's knee and rolled past a stranded David James.

Albion began in unsurprisingly cautious fashion after their hammering by Liverpool on Sunday, and scarcely came out of their own half in the first 15 minutes.

Baggies captain Darren Purse snuffed out City's first chance when he unwittingly blocked Fowler's header as the home side took comfortable control of the match.

It was already looking ominous for West Brom when they went down to 10 men after Gaardsoe hauled down Fowler on the edge of the box.

Russell Hoult did well to keep out Anelka's low long-range effort as City easily controlled the game and it was only a matter of time before they went ahead, with Anelka the scorer.

He curled an unreachable free-kick into the top right-hand corner after Andy Johnson handled just outside the area.

City keeper James did not have a save to make until the 45th minute of a half which was spectacularly one-sided.

Torrential rain and the fact the game was such one-way traffic made for a leaden atmosphere, as Fowler did his best to add to City's lead, but could not find a way past Hoult, West Brom's busiest and best player.

Bryan Robson sent on Rob Hulse and Robert Earnshaw late on in a last-ditch attempt to steal a point.

And with five minutes left, Dunne tried to intercept Paul Robinson's long ball forward to Earnshaw, but only succeeded in putting it into his own net to gift West Brom an unlikely point.


Man City: James, Mills, Distin, Dunne, Jordan (Onuoha 45), Shaun Wright-Phillips, Barton, Bosvelt, Sibierski, Fowler, Anelka.
Subs Not Used: Macken, Waterreus, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Flood.

Goals: Anelka 32.

West Brom: Hoult, Scimeca (Albrechtsen 64), Gaardsoe, Purse, Robinson, Greening (Earnshaw 82), Johnson, Clement, Wallwork, Gera (Hulse 76), Horsfield.
Subs Not Used: Koumas, Kuszczak.

Sent Off: Gaardsoe (17).

Goals: Dunne 85 og.

Att: 47,177

Ref: A D'Urso (Essex).
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