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With Arsenal and Chelsea both dropping points and Liverpool and Manchester United labouring to one nil wins, City will have a chance to lay down an early marker.

The good news for manager Manuel Pellegrini, under pressure to deliver this season after their weak defence of their title last time out, is that David Silva has been passed fit and will feature.

The Spanish attacker with four goals in his last five games and three in four games against West Brom, will line up alongside summer signing Raheem Sterling in a revitalised front line that features Sergio Aguero in the number 10 jersey.

Fellow summer signing, Fabian Delph misses out through injury while Gael Clichy is also out injured.

West Brom for their part will hand debuts to three of their summer signings with Rickie Lambert, James Chester and James McClean all set to start.

Striker Lambert, a signing from Liverpool, will link up with Saido Berahino while Republic of Ireland international, McClean, signed from Wigan will be tasked with supplying the pair with quality ball.

McClean’s delivery will be crucial especially as last season West Brom scored the most headed goals in the league.

Chester meanwhile will be asked to further strengthen a defence has kept 10 clean sheets in their 18 games under former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis.

City have a good record on the opening day of the season, winning five of their last six openers and they will be gain confidence from the fact that in each of the past five seasons the eventual Premier League title-winning team has started their season on Monday night

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.