Man City v West Brom, Wed 19:45
In a massive switch in power, Manchester City now find themselves on the wrong end of an eight-point chasm between them and league leaders Manchester United following the Citizens’ weekend loss at the Etihad Stadium, as Paddy Power offer long odds against the Citizens wrestling the Premiership title away from the their neighbours.
Roberto Mancini’s men fell victim to a late Mikel Arteta strike that means the Red Devils also have a superior goal difference to their local rivals.
However, the Blue side of Manchester will be just as, if not more, eager to win than ever during midweek when they will play hosts to West Brom who are currently on the high of a 3-0 throttling over Blackburn Rovers.
The fixture will be a test of City’s resolve now that the Premier League title appears to be out of their grasp and will show what some of the playing staff are really made of following criticisms of a lack of loyalty from some.
City are now three matches without a Premier League victory and regardless of the fact that they are still the number one side in the league when playing at home, will be taking nothing for granted come Wednesday.
One player who certainly won’t be featuring for the hosts is Mario Balotelli who will now serve a three-match ban following his red card in North London.
Mancini has since revived past grievances with his fellow Italian, even going as far to claim that the forward will “probably be sold” in the summer.
The manager is just as likely to not be at the English outfit next season but the drama makes for good news in West Brom’s favour. The Citizens will alos have to make do without midfielder Yaya Toure, who sustained a knee injury in the defeat at Arsenal on the weekend, while David Silva is also struggling with fitness and is unlikely to feature at the Etihad.
The Baggies’ weekend win means an end to a drought of their own and puts the West Midlands club back into the race for a mid-table finish.
Roy Hodgson’s side are just four points off Liverpool who sit in eighth and will stamp their name on the minds of upcoming opposition should they record a shock win over City, who look to be on the ropes.
Jerome Thomas and Marton Fülop are the only two players who could return for the Albion, with Zoltan Gera, James Morrison and Steven Reid all out with long term injuries for the Baggies.