Barclays Premier League
Saturday 21st March, 2015, 12:45pm
Etihad Stadium


The game will be the 147th league and cup meeting between the two clubs. City currently have the edge in terms of victories with 63 compared to Albion's 54.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2009 when a Danny Shittu own goal gave the Baggies a point from a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at The Hawthorns. The club's last league win on March 21 came in 1992 when Albion beat Reading 2-0 at home in a Third Division clash, Gary Strodder and Paul Raven the goalscorers.

City's last game on this date came in 2012 when they recorded a 2-1 Premier League win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

Albion have failed to win any of the last ten league meetings between the clubs, losing nine and drawing one.

The Baggies are without an away win in nine league games (D5, L4).

Albion have scored just nine away goals all season with only Aston Villa, with eight, having scored fewer.

The game will be Manuel Pellegrini's 100th as Manchester City manager.

Albion's last six games: Stoke City (H) 1-0; Aston Villa (A, FAC) 0-2; Aston Villa (A) 1-2; Southampton (H) 1-0; Sunderland (A) 0-0; West Ham United (H, FAC) 4-0.

Manchester City's last six games: Barcelona (A, CL) 0-1; Burnley (A) 0-1; Leicester City (H) 2-0; Liverpool (A) 1-2; Barcelona (H, CL) 1-2, Newcastle United (H) 5-0.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will be without the midfield duo of Chris Brunt and Claudio Yacob who are both suspended. Pulis will also be missing Ben Foster who picked up a knee injury in last week's victory over Stoke and Jonas Olsson (calf).

Saido Berahino, Brown Ideye and Callum McManaman continue to struggle with injuries and may be rested with Victor Anichebe returning to the squad following a successful comeback for the club's under-21 side on Monday.

Manchester City

City will be without Yaya Toure, who suffered an Achilles injury in the midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

James Milner is doubtful with a knee injury whilst Aleksandar Kolarov is struggling with a muscle problem.



Albion Win: 10/1, Manchester City Win: 1/3, Draw: 7/2.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 11/1, Ideye 12/1, Anichebe 14/1, McManaman 20/1, Sessegnon 20/1, Gardner 25/1, Morrison 25/1, Brunt 33/1, Dawson 33/1, Fletcher 40/1, McAuley 40/1, Lescott 40/1, Mulumbu 40/1.

Manchester City: Aguero 3/1, Dzeko 7/2, Bony 7/2, Jovetic 9/2, Silva 11/2, Nasri 13/2, Lampard 7/1, Milner 10/1, Navas 11/1, Fernandinho 16/1, Kolarov 20/1, Kompany 20/1, Reges 25/1, Demichelis 25/1, Mangala 28/1, Sagna 33/1, Boyata 33/1, Zabaleta 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 14/1.



Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Swarbrick has officiated two Albion games so far this season - the 1-0 win over Hull City at The Hawthorns in January and the 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland on the opening day of the season.

He refereed two Albion games during 2013/14 - the 3-3 draw at home to Spurs in April and the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns in November.

The Lancashire official has taken charge of one City game so far this season - the 2-1 win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium in November.

Swarbrick has issued 114 yellow cards and three red in the 28 games he has officiated this season.

Albion have won nine out of 13 games Swarbrick has officiated.

A full run-down of Swarbrick's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Tickets are available to purchase on the gate up until kick-off priced at £44 adults, £38 seniors (over 65s)/under-21s and £27 under-16s.


Sunny intervals, 8°C.


The first ever meeting of the two clubs came in a friendly fixture on New Year's Day 1891, the game ending in a 2-2 draw. George Woodhall and Willie Groves were the Albion goalscorers with Rushton and Lambie scoring for City.

Albion first met City in league action during the 1899/1900 season. The first game between the two sides at Stoney Lane in December ended goalless in front of a crowd of just 2,429. The return game at City's Hyde Road ground in April ended in a 4-0 defeat for the Baggies with legendary City forward Billy Meredith amongst the goalscorers.

Albion's biggest league win against City is 9-2, coming at The Hawthorns in September 1957. Winger Frank Griffin grabbed three of the Albion goals whilst full-back Don Howe notched two. The other Baggies' goalscorers were Bobby Robson, Roy Horobin, Brian Whitehouse and Derek Kevan.

Other big wins for Albion include 7-2 at Maine Road in 1936 when William 'Ginger' Richardson notched a hat-trick and 6-3 at The Hawthorns in 1960 in which Ronnie Allen bagged a treble.

Albion's heaviest league defeat against City came in April 1938 when the club lost 7-1 at Maine Road, City's all-time leading goalscorer Eric Brook hit four of the goals. Other big wins for City include 6-1 in 1921 when Horace Barnes hit a hat-trick, 6-2 in 1936 and 6-3 in 1903.

In April 1896, prior to the first league meeting of the two clubs, Albion met City twice in Test Matches, a very early forerunner to the present day play-offs. Albion won the home match 6-1 and drew 1-1 at City on their way to retaining their Division One status.

After winning four of the first seven meetings at Premier League level, Albion have now gone ten games without a win against City in the league, losing nine of them.

The Baggies are yet to win a game at the Etihad Stadium.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


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Wednesday 22 September 2010 - Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Carling Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Sunday 21 December 2008 - Albion 2-1 Manchester City - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 September 2001 - Albion 4-0 Manchester City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 1 March 1989 - Manchester City 1-1 Albion - Second Division - Maine Road
Saturday 28 November 1987 - Albion 1-1 Manchester City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 29 August 1981 - Manchester City 2-1 Albion - First Division - Maine Road
Saturday 2 February 1980 - Manchester City 1-3 Albion - First Division - Maine Road
Saturday 5 September 1970 - Manchester City 4-1 Albion - First Division - Maine Road
Saturday 7 March 1970 - Manchester City 2-1 Albion - League Cup Final - Wembley
Saturday 3 August 1968 - Manchester City 6-1 Albion - Charity Shield - Maine Road


Manchester City 3-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Monday 21st April 2014, 8:00pm

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Clichy; Nasri, Garcia, Fernandinho, Silva (Milner 70); Dzeko (Kolarov 90), Aguero (Jovetic 63). Subs not used: Pantilimon gk), Lescott, Richards, Negredo.

Goalscorers: Zabaleta 3, Aguero 10, Demichelis 36

Booked: Demichelis 22 (foul)

Albion: Foster; Dawson, Olsson, Ridgewell; Jones, Amalfitano, Mulumbu (Morrison 84), Dorrans, Brunt (c); Sessegnon (Berahino 76), Vydra (Anichebe 60). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Yacob, Lugano, Reid.

Goalscorer: Dorrans 16

Booked: Dawson 19 (foul)

Attendance: 46,564

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

David Silva was stretchered off as Manchester City's 3-1 crucial Barclays Premier League win over struggling West Brom threatened to come at a price. Silva fell to the ground after a tangle involving Morgan Amalfitano and Billy Jones in the 67th minute, and after treatment was taken straight down the tunnel with his right leg in a brace. Two goals in the first 10 minutes had paved the way for City to keep the pressure on leaders Liverpool and avoid any repeat of their shock home draw with rock-bottom Sunderland last Wednesday. Pablo Zabaleta got the home side off to a flying start and Sergio Aguero quickly added a second. Despite a superb strike from Graham Dorrans which briefly reduced the deficit, a close-range effort from Martin Demichelis effectively wrapped up a win which leaves City six points behind the leaders with a game in hand. The Baggies, who stay hovering just three points above the drop zone after this latest setback, showed plenty of promise on the break but were let down by some dismal defending and were ultimately fortunate not to find themselves on the end of a heavier defeat.

There was a degree of fortune about City's third minute opener as Baggies keeper Ben Foster saved superbly from Aguero but could only flap the ball straight at Zabaleta, who headed back into the net. Aguero blazed over the bar before Albion offered a reminder of their sporadic counter-attacking threat when a swift move ended in Matej Vydra bundling the ball into the net only to be ruled offside. Edin Dzeko was denied by a crucial Jonas Olsson block in the box before Aguero found space 20 yards out to drill a low effort across Foster and into the corner of the net to double City's advantage. City looked set to take full advantage of an opportunity to boost their goal difference, but the visitors proved adept at exploiting the open spaces afforded them and after Stephane Sessegnon shot just over the bar, Dorrans got his side on the board with a superb strike. The Baggies midfielder was played in by Vydra down the right flank and after two expert flicks on the edge of the box, he drilled a fine effort home to Joe Hart's left. Suddenly some nerves became evident in the City back-line with Hart spilling a Chris Brunt free-kick before referee Phil Dowd flagged for offside, but City's third goal on 36 minutes brought an end to the Albion revival. Samir Nasri sent in a corner from the City left and the ball evaded everyone in the box before falling at the feet of Demichelis, who could hardly believe his luck as he bundled home from six yards. Albion continued to have their chances with Amalfitano setting up Sessegnon, whose close-range effort looked goal-bound until it struck the leg of Kompany and deflected on to the roof of the net.

In a much more low-key second half Foster got in bravely at the feet of Dzeko to deny City a fourth, before the departure of Silva - moments after an uncomfortable-looking Aguero had been replaced by Stevan Jovetic - caused consternation in the City ranks. Albion continued to chase what looked an increasingly lost cause, Amalfitano bringing a fine save out of Hart while substitute Victor Anichebe briefly caused havoc in the City box before Foster cleared. Another Baggies substitute Saido Berahino had a penalty shout rejected by Dowd before Dzeko curled his late effort inches wide after a neat lay-off from Jovetic. City substitute James Milner had the last chance of the match when he drilled a low injury-time effort which was well saved by the impressive Foster in the visitors' goal.

 Sporting Life


Albion defender Joleon Lescott spent a hugely successful five years with City before joining the Baggies last summer.

Baggies' striker Georgios Samaras played for City between 2006 and 2008 but his time in Manchester was largely viewed as disappointing, the Greek star scoring just 12 goals in 65 appearances. Samaras is currently on loan at Saudi side Al-Hilal.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Nicolas Anelka, Peter Barnes, Paul Beesley, Tommy Broad, Chris Buckley, Jimmy Cookson, Gerry Creaney, David Cross, Arthur Crump, John Deehan, Andy Dibble, George Dorsett, Joe Dorsett, Frank Dyer, Marton Fulop, Tony Grant, Tony Grealish, Ron Green, Henry Hancock, Asa Hartford, Robert Hopkins, Alf Horne, Frank James, Derek Kevan, Steve Mackenzie, Ken McNaught, Ishmael Miller, Gary Owen, Derek Panter, Bruce Rankin, Nicky Reid, Uwe Rosler, Barry Siddall, Scott Sinclair, Jason van Blerk and Imre Varadi.

Former Albion boss Gary Megson spent three years as a City player whilst another former Albion manager Ron Saunders also managed City; Jimmy Hagan managed Albion during the 1960's and later became a City scout; Former Albion assistant and caretaker manager Arthur Mann played for City against Albion in the 1970 League Cup Final; Ex-Albion players Asa Hartford and John Deehan both later joined City's coaching staff; Former City and England goalkeeper Joe Corrigan was goalkeeping coach at The Hawthorns from 2005-09.


 Home 74 38 17 19 139 82
 Away 71 16 12 43 98 166
 Neutral 1 0 0 1 1 2
 Total 146 54 29 63 238 250


Fri 26 Dec 2014 Premier League H 1-3 Ideye - Fernando, Touré (pen), Silva    26,040
Mon 21 Apr 2014 Premier League A 1-3 Dorrans - Zabaleta, Aguero, Demichelis    46,564
Wed 04 Dec 2013 Premier League H 2-3 Pantilimon (og), Anichebe - Aguero, Touré 2 (1 pen)    22,943
Tue 07 May 2013 Premier League A 0-1 Džeko    46,158
Sat 20 Oct 2012 Premier League H 1-2 Long - Džeko 2    24,891
Wed 11 Apr 2012 Premier League A 0-4 Aguero 2, Tévez, Silva    46,746
Mon 26 Dec 2011 Premier League H 0-0    25,938
Sat 05 Feb 2011 Premier League A 0-3 Tévez 3 (2 pens)    46,846
Sun 07 Nov 2010 Premier League H 0-2 Balotelli 2    23,013
Wed 22 Oct 2010 League Cup H 2-1 Zuiverloon, Cox - Jo    10,418


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