Buoyed Man City will be too strong for poor-travelling West Brom

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It was far from perfect, but Manchester City will have taken a lot of positives from their 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, and they should carry that momentum over to tonight’s clash at home to West Brom.

City matched their French hosts for large periods, though on paper the draw means Manuel Pellegrini’s men have now won just two of their last seven fixtures in all competitions and you can make that eight if you include the 1-1 draw in Extra-Time in the League Cup Final.

A 4-0 win at Bournemouth last weekend hinted at a return to form, but the Premier League title will not be heading to the Etihad this term, barring a bizarre and miraculous set of results.

But with one eye on the European second-leg on Tuesday, City will be quite keen to despatch Tony Pulis’ Baggies without too much trouble, and looking at the visitors’ record on the road, that seems perfectly achievable.

The Midlands side have won just two of their last 11 games away from home, though they have claimed 2-2 draws at Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool in that spell.

Having failed to score in six of those 11 fixtures however, West Brom might hand Joe Hart a quiet evening at the Etihad.

City have lost three of their last four home ties as their Premier League hopes slipped away, but they’re 1/3 favourites to win this evening, with West Brom 9/1 for three points.

The draw is 4/1 but a quick glance at the recent head-to-head record between these sides doesn’t offer much hope for Pulis’ men.

City’s 3-0 win at the Hawthorns in August meant the blue half of Manchester have won each of the last eight clashes between the teams, scoring exactly three goals in all of the last five.

A 2-1 win for West Brom in December 2008 was the most recent league success over City, claiming just one draw in 12 subsequent meetings.

City are 17/20 to keep a clean sheet, while they can be backed at 12/5 on the -2 handicap.

Ahead of the match, we’re boosting Manchester City to win and both teams to score from 2/1 to 5/2.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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