How will Manchester City line up against West Brom

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It's here, kick off for the opening day of the Premier League is a mere few days away ladies and gentleman.

Fans up and down the country are getting giddy with the tense anticipation.

As they wear their club's colours proudly, they also wonder how their team will perform, will it be relegation? Mid-table? Top four?


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Who knows. That's why everyone loves the Premier League.

For Man City fans also, the excitement is there. The title challenge awaits and the nearest anticipation is who will start for them against West Bromwich Albion.

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But just how will Manuel Pellegrini deploy the blues into action? Here are a few good guesses.


Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Denayer/Mangala, Kolarov, Sterling/Nasri, Yaya, Fernando, Silva, Bony, Iheanacho.

Absolute classic from Manuel here, one of his favoured formations, but with all of his South American stalwarts looking set to be delayed, this team looks bare.

Although the form of Jason Denayer and Kelechi Iheanacho provide a pinch of competition for Eliaqium Mangala and Wilfried Bony - it seems the Chilean gaffer will have call to be more adventurous in his deployment.


Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Denayer/Mangala, Kolarov, Sterling, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Manu Garcia, Silva, Bony/Iheanacho.

Still difficult to differentiate players regarding some positions, 4-5-1 seems like a solid choice despite the lack of central midfield options.

Manu Garcia has played well in pre-season and is a good option ahead of the injured Fabian Delph.

In short, a solid away day formation with City's main strength being the commanding midfield and Sterling's pace on the counter attack.


Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Denayer/Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernando, Nasri, Silva, Sterling, Iheanacho/Bony.

Perhaps the most all round formation in this list, purely for its defensive potential and attacking potency.

Imagine David Silva pulling the strings in front of the back four of West Brom - waiting for runs from Sterling and Nasri either side to dodge their way in behind. Unthinkable.


In short, the dilemmas in choice over certain squad roles is enormous.

The composure of Denayer or the pace and power of Mangala? The quality of Bony or the form of Iheanacho?

I'm glad I don't have to make this decision, but the variety of options your team could line up in, just makes the anticipation for the first day that little bit stronger.

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