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Manchester City FC vs West Bromwich Albion FC, free match prediction 16 Dec 2020

16 Dec 2020 | 01:30 | Manchester, Etihad Stadium
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Man City look to blow away the cobwebs against weak West Brom

  • Manchester City lacked sparkle in the Manchester derby last weekend
  • A 0-0 draw saw them remain outside the top four
  • West Brom lost their 8th match out of 11 played

Manchester City to win 3-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Manchester, Etihad Stadium

MANCHESTER CITY FC vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC Match Preview & Analysis

Manchester City were poor going forward against United in the Manchester derby over the weekend, creating just a fraction of the opportunities which we know they can on a good day.

A point was not the worst result, of course, but it means that their absence from the top four spots continues for at least another week.

Perhaps they had this game in mind, against one of the weaker teams in the league who have gone about conceding the highest number of goals so far this season. With little to worry about at the back, City will surely feel they can express themselves going forward.

West Brom suffered another defeat at the weekend, this time against a Newcastle team which scored the fastest goal of the season after just 20 seconds of play. 

There are been several shocks already this season, but West Brom are surely in for a beating here.

Teams Preview

Manchester City FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDWWD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Unbeaten in six matches

     Sergio Aguero is making his way back to full fitness

Reasons to be fearful:

     Looked out of ideas going forward against United

     Could make one or two chances inviting complacency

Understandably, there were many who felt their draw against Manchester United was a worse result for City than their close rivals, based on the quality they have in their squad.

In previous seasons, we have seen City dominate United home and away, but at the weekend they seemed reluctant to attack with the same vigour which has defined Pep Guardiola’s era at City.

The result prevents City from climbing into the top four, for now at least, but this match presents the ideal opportunity to bounce back with a strong win. West Brom’s shaky defence should be perfect for City’s attackers.

City are unbeaten in six, not conceding a single goal in that period, and should have little to worry about from West Brom.

Star Man – Kevin De Bruyne

Was the one City player who seemed capable of dragging his team to victory last weekend, but got little support from his teammates.

West Bromwich Albion FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLWLL

Reasons to be cheerful

     Looked close to a draw before late Newcastle winner

     Have nothing to lose against City

Reasons to be fearful 

     Could be in for another beating

     Manager Bilic may not be far from the sack

In fairness, West Brom could well have pinched a draw against Newcastle over the weekend.

They fought back from conceding within the opening 20 seconds of the match to equalise and looked to have earned a point until Newcastle struck a late winner to deprive The Baggies of a much-needed boost.

And despite their 5-1 thrashing against Crystal Palace, most of their defeats have been by a single goal margin, showing that they are fighting until the very end.

Much of this spirit comes from the manager Slaven Bilic, though too many more defeats may spell disaster for the Croatian boss – many managers would have been given the sack already considering his side’s poor form.

Star Man – Matt Phillips

Has been involved in more goals (scored 18, assisted 24) since he joined in 2016 – more than any other West Brom player during that period.

MANCHESTER CITY FC vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC Winning Prediction

     Manchester City are heavy favourites to win this

     Like to score at least two goals

     West Brom must keep it tight for as long as possible

The last time Manchester City played a team in the relegation zone, they won 5-0. 

Burnley were on the receiving end that time around, and West Brom will be hoping for a much tighter scoreline, despite having a weaker defence than Burnley.

The game is in City’s hands – if they come out at their most positive and attack from the start, this should be a comfortable win for them.

Manchester City to win 3-0

Author: Ross B.