West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Recent Form
West Brom have certainly improved in recent weeks. The 3-2 win over Wolves last week was a vital one but manager Sam Allardyce will be disappointed that his side lost to West Ham in midweek. Manchester City are the form side in the Premier League right now. Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last nine matches in all competitions, their best run of form since April 2019.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Recent Matchups
These sides met just a month ago when the Baggies travelled to the Etihad Stadium in mid-December. They escaped with a 1-1 draw which was their best result against the Citizens in some time. Manchester City have won 15 and drawn two of their last 17 matches against West Brom in all competitions. The Baggies last beat them in the Premier League back in December 2008 when Roman Bednar scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory for West Brom.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Stats & Analysis
It’s a daunting task for West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season by some distance. West Brom have let in 43 goals in their 19 matches at a rate of 2.26 per game. Things haven’t exactly improved under Sam Allardyce in that respect. They’ve let in an average of 3.4 goals per match in the five league fixtures he has been in charge for.
They’ve kept just two clean sheets all season and both of them came against sides in the bottom four of the Premier League table.
Manchester City have had no such problems defensively. The Citizens have the best defensive record in the league with just 13 goals conceded in 18 matches. They’ve really sorted things out at the back with this new defensive partnership of John Stones and Ruben Diaz. The pair work well together in tangent and have helped City keep eight clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League matches.
It’s with this solid defensive base that City have really made progress in their title push. City have gradually become more offensive-minded in recent weeks but they’re hardly blowing teams away with high-scoring wins. That’s what we have been used to with this Manchester City side in recent seasons but they’re a far more efficient unit now. City have won fewer matches by a margin of three of more goals than either Chelsea, Aston Villa, Arsenal, or Leeds.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Bets
They’re the favourites to win this one and to continue their impressive run of form in the Premier League. The visitors, Manchester City are just 1/5 to secure the three points and their seventh-successive Premier League victory. A draw is 15/2 and West Brom are way out at 19/1 to get their first Premier League win over City for over 12 years. A West Brom win or a draw double chance is 9/3 if you fancy City to drop points.
But a win for Pep Guardiola’s side is the likeliest outcome here. City have been on a fine run of form and showed their strengths at both ends of the pitch. They’ve won their last six league matches and kept clean sheets in five of them. They’re just 20/21 to win this match to nil.
City will expect to do their best work before the halftime interval. They’ve secured many of their results this season by blowing the opponents away in the first half. The result is that they have the second-best first-half record in the Premier League with 38 points from 18 matches. West Brom have the second-worst so we could see a blow-out before the break. City are 4/7 to win the first half but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they pulled away in the first half.
City’s first-half goal difference is five times greater than their second. The Baggies have conceded 20 first-half goals this season. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if City can win the match before the interval. A first-half Asian handicap of Manchester City -1 is 6/5 if you’re expecting it.