West Brom welcome Manchester City to the Hawthorns today and I can’t see beyond three points for Roberto Mancini’s men.
True, Steve Clarke has fashioned an organised, hard to beat, attractive footballing side, working on the counter attack and making the most, finally, of the ability of Chris Brunt and James Morrison, but the Blues ought to have enough to have just too much quality in the final third to beat the Baggies.
The only chink in City’s armour could be the loss of influential midfielder David Silva, but when you have in your ranks YayaToure, Samir Nasri and James Milner, you aren’t going to be completely devastated.
West Brom do have an 100% home record this season and much will depend on the aforementioned Brunt and Morrison, and maybe this is the time for the workaholic Shane Long to add some goals to his impressively energetic performances.
Despite the distractions of Europe, but without the distractions of a Carlos Tevez saga (yet) City will dominate the midfield battle today, Aguero et al will have too much ability for a resilient but limited West Brom back line and Mancini should be able to sit back and enjoy the late afternoon match between Norwich and Arsenal with three points comfortably in the bag.