Manchester City are looking for their third consecutive Premier League win as they continue their defence of their Premier League title. However, a trip to in-form West Brom is likely to produce one of their toughest tests of the season.
The Baggies have a 100% record at home in the league this season, with scalps of both Merseyside clubs included in that run. Head Coach Steve Clarke is sweating on the fitness of on-loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku after he missed Belgium’s win over Scotland in midweek with an ankle problem.
Elsewhere, influential midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is another doubt after he picked up an injury on international duty while the match comes just a bit too soon for Jerome Thomas in his recovery from a knee operation.
Roberto Mancini has been hit by the news that David Silva will miss City’s next two games with a hamstring injury suffered when playing for Spain in midweek. Silva joins midfielders Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia on the treatment table, meaning that Gareth Bale and Yaya Toure look certain to man the City midfield. Brazilian right-back Maicon is the champion’s only other absentee.
Up front, Mancini has a problem with all four of his strikers in good goalscoring form of late for both club and country. Sergio Aguero looks the only guarantee while Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko fight for the remaining spot.