Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday, April 11; 19:45
Manchester City will look to claw their way back into the Premier League title race against West Brom, but will be without the services of Mario Balotelli, who begins a three game suspension for his red card against Arsenal.
Yaya Toure limped off in the 1-0 defeat against the Gunners and is unlikely to feature while David Silva missed Sunday’s encounter and could be unavailable once more.
The visitors will likely be without Jerome Thomas, who is struggling with a knee injury, while Zoltan Gera, James Morrison and Steven Reid all remain some way away from full match fitness.
Mancini: Title race not over
The Italian had previously admitted that his side stood no chance of claiming their first Premier League crown if the gap reached eight points with six league games remaining.
Now however Mancini claims his side are capable of fighting back from their 1-0 defeat against the Gunners on Sunday to claim an unlikely title victory, and will start their comeback with a win against West Brom.
"It's [the title] not over. In football it's never finished," he said. "For this reason, I believe always. But we did a fantastic season and we need to finish well.
"It's not easy, but we need to think positively. I'm proud of all my players for what we did until today. We now need to continue to win to get the maximum points we can. Then we will see.
"I will never say we can't win the league if there is still a chance. That is not my life, never. Also last year, if you remember, six games to the end Chelsea were six or seven points [behind]. But they went to Manchester three games to the end three points behind.
“We are professional, we need to finish well and we need to win the games we have left."
City will have the chance to at least halt United’s title parade when the two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium later this month.
What was initially billed as crucial in the title race could be the game that United are crowned Champions, but Mancini says he has not thought about that possibility.
"I don't know this. I just know today we have 15 points more than we had at this stage last year," he commented.
"So I can say we did well. Now it's clearly difficult for us to win the title. But we hope they can lose three or four points before the derby and after that we'll see. I repeat, six games to the end. 18 points. Never say never."