Pep's side can end their winless run with victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
West Brom v Man City - Saturday 15:00
West Brom were simply out-played by Liverpool in their last match but as per usual remained dangerous at set-pieces, eventually getting their goal after Liverpool failed to clear their lines from a corner. Man City might not be playing with quite the same verve as Klopp’s men, but against technically superior opponents Tony Pulis’ pragmatic tactics will very much be along the same lines, especially as City have shown a susceptibility in the air at times this season too.
Man City are without a win in six games now in all competitions, though it must be noted that none of the teams they’ve dropped points against have been pushovers, whilst Guardiola put out an understrength team in the League Cup derby. They didn’t register a single shot on target against Man Utd, but David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne should return to the starting 11 here and Man City are an infinitely better side with those two pulling the strings from midfield. Many of the points they've dropped have been the result of individual mistakes (such as Stones’s back-pass against Southampton), and not so much because of tactical problems. Southampton were effective at pressuring City to try and prevent them playing the ball out from the back, but West Brom don’t have the players nor a manager with the attacking ambition to implement such a tactic.
Both teams have scored in each of WBA’s last five Premier League matches and in 10 of City’s last 12, whilst the Citizens have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven on the road. Man City have a fantastic recent head-to-head record against the Baggies having won each of the last nine encounters between these two sides, and we think Guardiola can get his side back on track with Man City to win and both teams to score at 3.4.