Top of the table and early pace setters Manchester City head to the Hawthorns for a Saturday afternoon kick off which promises to be a battle of two managers with contrasting styles of playing the beautiful game.
Pep Guardiola’s City couldn’t have started the season any better, and a win against West Brom on Saturday could eclipse Jose Mourinho’s 2004/05 Chelsea teams Premier League record for the best start to the season.
Charting the most goals so far this year with an impressive 32 goals to their name, Guardiola’s City have all but cemented themselves as the early favourites for this year’s Premier League title.
The deadly duo of forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have bagged 13 goals between them for the blue half of Manchester. However it seems everyone at City has been getting in on the act recently, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane charting six and five goals respectively.
City have been the neutral fan’s dream to watch, seemingly blowing away teams with ease, scoring three or more in five of their nine games, a worrying statistic for any opposition to face, let alone West Brom.
However you couldn’t talk about City this season without mentioning their man of the moment, and arguably player of the season so far; Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has been in scintillating form racking up six assists in their nine outings giving him the honour of claiming the best assists-per-match ratio in Premier League history to date.
So a few more than minor issues for West Brom to take into consideration when lining up against the formidable City.
Nevertheless they couldn’t be in better hands to handle the Premier League’s most challenging team at the moment. The Baggies manager Tony Pulis is a veteran of the league with 10 seasons under his belt and a reputation for setting up defensively sound teams.
On the contrary to City however West Brom have been struggling to find the goal, with only seven goals to their name in the games played so far. Additionally motivation for a goal could come in the form of James Morrison, who is just one goal away from equalling the club record for goals scored (30).
In what will be a tough task to say the least on Saturday afternoon for Tony Pulis’ men, any points gained would be considered a solid achievement. In comparison any points other than the 3 for City would lessen their grip on first place and be a disappointing result considering their current fine form.
Score Prediction : West Brom 0-4 Manchester City