The question foremost in the minds of Premier League fans is whether Manchester City will thrash West Brom when the sides clash in match week 18 at The Hawthorns, on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, 2011.
To find out what time the match between West Brom and Manchester City will kick off, take a look at the EPL schedule.
West Brom are coming off a creditable 3-2 away win at Newcastle, in match week 17. West Brom’s spirited performance carried the day and though they were fortunate at times, they were also resolute in defence and canny in attack. The Baggies took advantage of a poor first half defensive performance by the Magpies. Peter Odemwingie gave West Brom the lead after Chris Brunt split the Newcastle defence with a lovely through ball. Chris Brunt had a hand in West Brom’s second goal as well swinging a free-kick to the far post.After Jonas Olsson headed the ball back across the six-yard area,Gareth McAuley, unmarked, heded the ball in. Newcastle reduced the margin when Ba’s scored his 12th goal of the campaign, curling in a brilliant strike off a free-kick from 20 yards by Gabriel Obertan. Ba put the Magpies level after being teed up by Ben Arfa. But there was immediate retaliation from the Baggies when Scharner volleyed the ball into the Newcastle goal off a header from Odemwingie on the left edge of the area who was in turn fed by Long’s cross from the right.
In match week 17, Man City crushed Stoke City by a 3-0 score-line, in a home game hosted at the City of Manchester. From a short corner, Yaya Toure crossed to Gael Clichy whose shot was saved but Sergio Aguero is on hand to tuck in at the far post to give City the lead. An overly defensive Stoke paid the penalty as they give the ball away again on the edge of the box, for Adam Johnson to double the score with a left-footed shot from 25 yards out. City went into the interval 2-0 up and after the break, Aguero got his second goal off a low cross from the right by Nasri.
Head to head, in the last 15 years, West Brom and Manchester City have met in 18 league games, with City winning on 10 occasions and Albion on 5, with the remaining games ending in a stalemate. The last time these teams met was in February 2011; that match hosted by Man City was won 3-0 by the hosts.
West Brom have won 5, drawn 1 and lost the remaining 4 of their last 10 league matches, while Man City have won 8 and drawn and lost 1 each of their last 10 matches.
Currently in 4th place on the league table, Albion have hosted 8 home games, this season, winning 2, while drawing 1 and losing the remaining 5 games, while City who are at the top of the table have had 5 wins, 2 draws, and a loss, in their 8 games, on the road.
Man City have been steamrolling all opposition and have maintained the lead at the top of the table, at Christmas. However, Wets Brom have shown plenty of resilience, with Roy Hodgson enjoying a brilliant stewardship after a poor last season with Liverpool. But the Baggies will need much more of that resilient spirit if they are to keep the Man City juggernaut at bay.
West Brom’s starting eleven against Newcastle: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Odemwingie, Long.
Man City’ starting eleven against Norwich: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Nasri, Aguero.
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