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

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Jesus Navas celebrates after scoring his teams second goal during the English Premier League football match against Cardiff City on January 18, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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