Manchester City will be out to ensure that Christmas spirit is kept to a minimum when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion.
Despite being without a number of key men in recent weeks, notably strikers Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, City have climbed to within three points of leaders, Chelsea.
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City have won eight successive matches in Premier League and Champions League, to move into contention in both competitions with the club on the brink of equalling the club record, set in 1912 and matched in the title-winning season of 2011-12.
Manger Manuel Pellegrini has been forced to showcase his tactical know how in recent weeks with his star strikers all out and he will once be forced to deploy the ‘false 9’ system again at West Brom.
David Silva and James Miler have proved very adept in attacking roles in recent weeks and they will once again be asked to provide the spark up front. The return of Jose Pozo following illness will alleviate the burden somewhat although the youngster is likely to be on the bench.
Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has shown his value with the winning goal against Leicester in their last away game and he could come into the side while Gael Clichy is also available again after missing the win over Crystal Palace with an instep injury
West Brom, who have ex-City centre back Joleon Lescott in their defence, have just one win in their last seven games and come into the game having let slip a 2-0 lead against QPR last time out.
Under pressure Alan Irvine will have Graham Dorrans and Boaz Myhill available however Victor Anichebe (groin) is still not training and won’t be involved. Georgios Samaras is back after going home to Greece due to a family matter while Chris Brunt is in line to return after missing the QPR game with a hamstring injury.