@StatCity: West Brom preview
- 04 December 2013 11:30
- Posted by @StatCity
Manchester City travel to the Hawthorns this evening in search of their second Premier League away win of the season.
The Blues' away form has been somewhat 'brushed under the carpet' thanks to three home victories in succession but now the focus reverts back to life on the road and City's recent struggles on their travels.
Some might say that West Bromwich Albion could be the perfect tonic to aid City's hopeful away day revival. After all, the Blues have won five of their last six games against the Baggies and have only won more Premier League games against Newcastle United (seven), since 2010. In addition, West Brom have mustered just one goal against City in the last six Premier League clashes.
The Hawthorns has played host to some fiery matches between the two sides of late. There have been four red cards in the last five meetings (three of which have been given to City).
The pair are meeting for the 15th time in the Premier League era. City have won seven (50%), drawn three (21.43%) and lost four (28.57%) of the previous 14 encounters.
The Blues have scored 21 goals against West Brom in the Premier League (1.5 gpg), whilst the Baggies have netted on 13 occasions (0.92 gpg). City have kept six clean sheets (42.86%) and have only been shut out themselves on three occasions (21.43%).
Overall this will be the 144th meeting between the two sides with the Blues just edging it, having recorded 60 victories to West Brom's 54 wins. The pair have shared the spoils on 23 occasions in all competitions.
One man who knows all about facing the Baggies is Edin Dzeko. The City striker scored all three of City's Premier League goals against them last term and the Bosnian Diamond will be no doubt looking to add to that tally this evening.
If the Blues manage to record a victory tonight, it will be the first time that City have registered three consecutive Premier League wins since mid-April.
An appearance milestone to keep an eye on is that of Yaya Toure. If the Ivorian starts the game, it will be his 150th start for the Blues in all competitions.
Can City stop the rot and claim some Premier League points on the road? Here's hoping.