But even if this is the case, they remain the obvious 1/3 picks in match betting markets, especially considering the immense strength in depth in Mancini’s possession.
The Baggies are understandably long at 8/1, given they have won only one of their six most recent matches, with even the 4/1 draw looking beyond them, in light of a single-point haul being the best they could manage from the past six encounters between the pair.
Instead, as a means to turn greater profit, punters are advised to invest in the possibility of a home victory in which both defences are breached.
It is 2/1 that such a scenario ensues, a solid-looking bet in the aftermath of West Brom notching in their last five matches in succession, and City scoring in all of their 17 home league outings this term.
Furthermore, Steve Clarke’s men have most regularly registered in defeat this term, most frequently losing by a 2-1 scoreline.
The Citizens have most frequently triumphed via the same result this season also, so the 15/2 odds regarding a 2-1 home success could be attention-worthy.
Alternatively, 10/11 appears a very fair price that City prevail from a bout involving at least 2.5 strikes for those keen on obtaining added security within their bet.
And given that both teams have done most of their scoring after the break this season, there is scope to suggest the 13/5 odds that each side finds the net in the second period are worth investment.
As aforementioned, Mancini is likely to employ some fringe players in this clash of little significance, which can in fact aid punters wishing to utilise player markets.
Edin Dzeko is one of those expected to start, and stands out as a 4/1 shot to break the deadlock, following his brace in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.