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West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City: Match preview

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Mancini has been impressed. (©GettyImages)
Mancini has been impressed. (©GettyImages).

Premier League

The Hawthrons

Saturday, October 20. Kick-off: 1500

TEAM NEWS

On loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku should return for West Brom, despite missing out on international with Belgium due to an ankle injury.

Steve Clarke may be without Youssouf Mulumbu, who sustained an injury on international duty with DR Congo, while Jerome Thomas will definitely be missing.

Manchester City's David Silva has joined the list of absentees after he suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Spain. Also sidelined are Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Maicon.

 

Mancini praises West Brom style



 

Roberto Mancini believes West Brom have played the most attractive football in the Premier League this season and knows his Manchester City side will have to be on top of their game to take three points from the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Baggies are only one point behind City with seven games played this season. and Steve Clarke has impressed in his first managerial post.

Clarke has seen his side post wins over Liverpool and Everton this term, and West Brom have been praised for the stylish way they have picked apart teams.

And, says Mancini, West Brom have been the most easy team on the eye so far during the 2012-13 campaign.

"I should say many compliments to [Clarke] because he has done a very good job until now," Mancini told reporters.

"In this moment, I think West Bromwich is the team that has played the best football, so tomorrow for us it will be a tough game.

"It is always difficult, this game after the international break. Today is the first date we can work together.

"We need to think and we need to put everything we have into tomorrow's game because it will be very difficult. After that we think about the other games.

"It is very important when there are two teams that play very good football, I think it is important for the supporters, for everyone."

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