Manchester City - West Bromwich Albion preview: Citizens eager to sustain momentum

Following their positive Champions League showing in Paris, City will look to carry their form into Saturday's meeting with Tony Pulis' West Brom side.

Manchester City - West Bromwich Albion preview: Citizens eager to sustain momentum
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There's a real air of confidence amongst Manchester City supporters at the moment, after a hard-fought 2-2 draw in Paris, there's the strong belief that the sky Blues can overturn the Parisiens and qualify for this season's Champions League semi-finals - for the first time in the club's history. So based on that, the task of beating West Bromwich Albion should be no challenge, you would've thought. 

Manchester City 

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that winger Raheem Sterling is still a few weeks away from match fitness, as he continues to recover from the groin injury sustained during their 1-0 defeat at home against Manchester United back in the middle of March. Meanwhile, first-team captain Vincent Kompany may be ready for Tuesday's home clash with Paris Saint-Germain, a considerable gamble to make considering how important he is to a stronger backline. David Silva will also be absent after picking up an ankle injury midweek, ruling him out of contention this weekend. 

West Bromwich Albion 

The Baggies meanwhile have a much smaller injury list with the midfield duo of Chris Brunt and James Morrison both out for long periods. The only doubt for tomorrow's fixture is winger Callum McManaman, who is battling to overcome a foot injury to feature at the Ethiad.

What they're saying

Manuel Pellegrini spoke of how his time aren't distracted by future games, saying that although everyone said they "could be thinking" about their upcoming Champions League tie - but they performed "very well" away against Bournemouth, which consequently "gave us [the team] trust for Wednesday's game" - and insisted it'll be the same tomorrow.  

Tony Pulis on the other hand, stressed the need for concentration on Saturday.

"We have to get our heads in gear, because we're playing a team that on their day are just a wonderful team."

He continued, saying they've "got fantastic talent" within their ranks - and "can beat anyone in the world" provided "they play to their maximum" potential.