Pep Guardiola this week claimed that previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich “would have sacked” him had he achieved similar results to those in his debut season at Manchester City.
A trophy-free campaign certainly wasn’t the plan when the Spaniard arrived last summer, but Champions League qualification as a minimum was. Victory tonight over West Brom would all-but secure that, but can his side get the required result?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests they have an excellent chance of doing so, with City topping West Brom in 13 out of 15 key statistical areas over their last 10 respective outings.
Defensively, both sides will see room for improvement. Averaging over 1.0 goals against per game generally isn’t a recipe for success in the Premier League, and both City and West Brom are currently doing that.
In attack, however, the gap between the sides begins to. West Brom have struggled for goals of late whilst City have been free scoring. There’s chasm between averages of 0.5 and 2.0 goals per game, and it suggests that City are strong favourites here to outscore their opponents.
Overall, City look by far the more likely side to get a win here. The smart money is on them taking all 3 points and ensuring that a disappointing season at least ends with some Champions League cheer.
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