Football betting tips and predictions for Manchester City v West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday 21st March 2015.
After crashing out of the Champions League midweek, Manchester City's focus now shifts to ensuring they qualify for the same competition next season. Visitors on Saturday are West Bromwich Albion, the match is live on BT Sport at 12:45 and here are our free betting tips.
Man City v West Brom Betting Preview
Wednesday evening can't have been pleasant viewing for the Manchester City fans out there. The match will go down in the record books as a 1-0 win to Barcelona, but that certainly doesn't tell the whole story. The woodwork was struck twice, goals were disallowed and Joe Hart had one of the finest goalkeeping performances you're ever likely to see. It could – and should – have been so much worse for the English champions.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect for City, though, was the fact the result didn't come as a surprise. Manuel Pellegrini's men have been in poor form over the last month having lost four out of five games in all competitions. Even their solitary win in that period was an unconvincing one at that. Not only are the Manchester side now without any realistic chance of silverware, they also face a real scrap to finish in the top four at the end of the season.
Man City to win price boosts:
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West Brom roll up to The Etihad for Saturday’s Man City v West Brom match in a mixed run of form. At home, The Baggies have been solid as a rock of late, having won their last four games in all competitions there without conceding a goal. Strikers Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino have been on target in all those matches and have struck up a terrific partnership under the reign of Tony Pulis.
However, away from The Hawthorns, they don't always fare so well. Plan A – occasionally effective against the lesser sides – is always try not to win the game, it's make sure you don't lose it. Unfortunately for West Brom, though, there isn't really a Plan B. Away from home the Midlands side have only rescued one point from a losing position all season.
Early prices for the clash on Saturday lunchtime and Manchester City are clear favourites at a best price of 1/3. West Brom are available at odds as long as 11/1, with the draw on offer at 19/4.
Based on City's form and the prospect of playing a Tony Pulis side, this match has the potential to be a very frustrating afternoon for the home team. If they can score early, then it I would expect them to go on and win at a canter. West Brom have conceded the most amount of goals in the first fifteen minutes this season – which is encouraging – but are City playing well enough to get off to a start like that? Manuel Pellegrini could be in for the long-haul and it may take something late to see off a stubborn West Brom side.
Our first Man City v West Brom prediction is for the match to be a draw at half-time and Manchester City to be winning at full-time which is available at an excellent price of 18/5 with Bet Victor.
Moving over to the Man City v West Brom goalscoring market and here are a couple of bets from both ends of the spectrum. Firstly – and more obviously – Sergio Aguero has to come into our predictions for Manchester City. Admittedly, the Argentine isn't in the finest of form at the moment but still remains a significant threat for the Premier League champions, he has also scored four goals in his last five games against West Brom.
Therefore, bet on Aguero to score anytime at 4/5 with Coral. His odds are usually a lot shorter than that, so try and take advantage on this occasion.
Elsewhere, and for far more of a long-shot, West Brom have scored 50% of their goals this season from set-pieces. This is a remarkable statistic considering that doesn't include penalties. With this in mind, we've had a fish around some potential West Brom scorers and Sky Bet have at interesting market for players to score a header.
Right in the weeds at 25/1 is Joleon Lescott, against his former club, back the West Brom defender to score a header at anytime in the match.
Man City v West Brom Betting Tips
Draw HT/Man City FT – 18/5 with Bet Victor: signup to Bet Victor get £25 free.
Sergio Aguero to score first – 4/5 with Coral: signup at Coral get £20 free.
Joleon Lescott to score a header – 25/1 with Sky Bet: signup to Sky Bet get £20 free.
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