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Preview: Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion

Sports Mole looks ahead to Monday evening's Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

Having collected just five points from their last four outings, the destination of the Premier League title is no longer in Manchester City's hands.

However, with leaders Liverpool still to face Chelsea and the in-form Crystal Palace, there is bound to be a belief among the Man City players that the trophy that they lifted in such dramatic circumstances back in 2012 is not beyond them just yet.

It's likely, though, that to stand any chance of finishing top come the final day of the campaign, the Citizens must win their remaining five encounters, starting with Monday evening's home match against West Bromwich Albion.

In terms of personnel, playmaker David Silva has been tipped to return to the starting lineup after he was rested for the 2-2 draw with Sunderland, while captain Vincent Kompany and striker Sergio Aguero should feature despite recent fitness concerns.

Yet, the game has come too soon for Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas, who are struggling with knocks. In their absence, Javi Garcia and James Milner could deputise.

Like their hosts, the visiting Baggies also require the victory, albeit for very different reasons. Pepe Mel's charges make the trip to the Etihad Stadium with just three points separating themselves from the relegation zone.

James Morrison and Jonas Olsson have been hampered of late with ankle and Achilles complaints respectively, but both are in contention to start having trained over recent days.

West Brom have never won at the Etihad Stadium, with their last away triumph at City coming at Maine Road back in February 2003 when goals from Neil Clement and Darren Moore sealed a 2-1 victory for the Midlanders.

Recent form

Man City: WWDWLD

West Brom: LWLDWD

Possible starting lineups

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Garcia, Fernandinho; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Aguero

West Brom: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Brunt, Morrison, Sessegnon; Vydra

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
3Leicester CityLeicester27155746311550
4Chelsea27138642251747
5Everton2614483933646
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
7Liverpool27127847351243
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs26126842271542
9Aston Villa251231038271139
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2797112837-934
13Crystal Palace2797112943-1434
14Southampton2686123144-1330
15Burnley2778121935-1629
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham27411122133-1223
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2738162056-3617
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2742211643-2714

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