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Man City worth backing to end West Brom’s perfect home start

| 20.10.2012

West Brom may have started the season with a 100 per cent winning record at home, but in the words of Nelly Furtado “All good things come to an end” and Manchester City look a worthy price at 4/6 to leave the Hawthorns with three points.

The Baggies have not only won four from four on their own patch this season, but have won six of their last eight in the Premier League in total at the Hawthorns.

Their chances will be further boosted by the news that Man City will be without David Silva, who lasted only ten minutes of Spain’s midweek draw with France.

Numerous other members of their squad have also just returned from international duty, with Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero among those to have spent numerous hours on aeroplanes.

However, West Brom did not look particularly clever at the back in their latest 3-2 victory over QPR and if they are similarly erratic here, Roberto Mancini’s men will do a greater job of dishing out the punishment.

Even without Silva, who has been quiet for much of this season anyway, City have enough creativity to carve open West Brom and it is hard to see a home clean sheet.

Man City have failed to repeat their defensive displays of last season so far, but this may be the perfect game for a change as they have shut out West Brom in each of their last four encounters.

It is 2/1 that Man City win to nil or 6/4 to simply keep a clean sheet.

Another interesting bet is the 10/3 that the scores are level at the break and City are ahead by the final whistle.

Man City can be sluggish starters at the best of time and the amount of air miles racked up by the squad in the past fortnight will surely prevent the team being at their most sprightly from the opening whistle.

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



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.