FT: Manchester City 3 West Brom 1

There goes the whistle, and this game was decided in the first-half. A steady second 45 is what was needed for City and they provided after dropping points recently. Injuries to Aguero and Silva will be worrying, but the gap has been closed.

90
Five minutes of stoppage time, with both sides pretty much having settled with this result seemingly.

89
Kolarov replaces Dzeko as City look to run down the clock. Ridgewell has left the field with an injury so West Brom are down to 10 men.

84
Off comes Mulumbu for Morrison, West Brom's final change.

84
Nasri does well, combining with Jovetic to play in Dzeko, but the striker curls his effort wide.

82
Berahino snatches at an angled effort from 20 yards out, desperation from the youngster.

81
Anichebe causes havoc in the area before Ridgewell's cross is saved by Hart. West Brom aren't giving up.

76
Berahino takes to the field in place of Sessegnon.

73
City themselves go up the pitch and Jovetic's low drive sneaks just wide.

71
Amalfitano flashes another effort at goal that Hart does well to keep out low to his right. Another warning for City.

70
Lovely knockdown by Sessegnon falls to Amalfitano, but his effort is blocked well.

69
James Milner replaces the fallen Silva.

69
Silva's going off on a stretcher here. That's a huge blow to the home side.

67
A worry for City, Silva finds himself trapped between Jones and Amalfitano, and he hasn't yet got back to his feet.

64
Aguero, who looks like he's picked up (another) knock, is replaced by Jovetic.

59
Vydra heads off for Anichebe, a like for like striker substitution.

58
Silva at the core of everything City are producing this evening. He slips in Zabaleta cleverly who nearly finds Nasri at the front post, but the dangerous ball is excellently defended.

52
Vydra wastes the chance of a West Brom breakaway with a poor pass, before City break forward themselves as Nasri's clever shot is blocked.

51
Nasri and Silva share possession before the former's excellent cross creates confusion, with West Brom defending well enough to concede a corner.

49
West Brom enjoying a little more possession so far this half, but the onus is on them to score after all.

46
City get us restarted, can they hold on for three vital points?

Reuben Moodley is another warning against City complacency: "Things will get more tense after the 2nd half starts, West Brom is a fighting club and are in line for relegation so city needs to watch out."

Chris Green e-mails in his verdict: "Pepe Mel's side are by no means out of this, but they will need to cut out the woeful defending. It's been a shambles so far!"

Josh Connerty (@joshconnerty) could be spot on here, City can't afford to sit back: "I think City will come out strong in the second half, the pressure is becoming too real now..."

Great opening 45 minutes then with chances galore. What are your thoughts so far? Who has been the standout player for either side? Who has been a let-down? What will happen in the second half? Let me know via Twitter at MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com, and I'll publish the best on site.

Half-time, and City have had their scares from West Brom, but are worth their lead after dominating possession. They'll need to stay alert at the back to secure a much-needed three points, however.

45+2
Brunt goes for goal from around 30 yards out, but it's way off target. He's been very poor in this first half.

45
Amalfitano buys the foul from Garcia with time ticking away. 2 minutes stoppage time.

44
More Baggies pressure. Ridgewell's cross is headed out by Kompany with Sessegnon lurking.

43
Massive chance! Amalfitano and Jones interlink well and wait for the pass, which comes when Sessegnon finds space unmarked in the area. His effort is blocked well by Demichelis and out for a corner.

40
Not the first time Brunt has been wasteful from a good position. He's unmarked out on the left but, under no pressure, skies his cross for a goal kick.

39
City starting to express themselves a little more. Dzeko combines well with Fernandinho but his shot falls straight to Foster.

36
GOAL! Nasri's corner evades everyone expect Demichelis at the back post, whose tentative tap finds the net.

35
The corner is cleared but Aguero receives the ball and wins another from Olsson.

34
Great from Kompany. He intercepts Ridgewell's clever pass and bursts forward, finding Silva and eventually Dzeko who wins a corner.

31
City remaining patient here against a well-organised West Brom. Silva's lovely chipped ball falls to Aguero, who can't quite reach it to cross.

27
Silva does well to maintain possession in the Baggies half and finds Nasri, who creates space for himself on the right wing but his cross is well overhit.

25
Zabaleta's poor clearance falls to the feet of Brunt, but his cross is found wanting with players in the box. Wasteful.

23
Brunt's ferocious delivery nearly tricks Hart who has to palm it away, before the linesman flags for offside on the onrushing players.

22
Demichelis fells Mulumbu in a dangerous area for West Brom.

21
Again, too clever from Silva as he slips in Dzeko with a 3-on-3 situation building, Dzeko cuts it back to the Spaniard who turns but tries to play in the striker again when the shot looked possible. West Brom defenders recover to clear.

20
A look back at that excellent counter from West Brom and you see it stems from City's sloppy free-kick. Poor from Fernandinho and the Baggies struck rapidly.

19
Dawson finds his way into the book for a needless foul on Dzeko.

16
GOAL! It's wasted, and West Brom capitalise! Ridgewell shrugs off a challenge before Vydra plays in Dorrans, who, after two flicks, applies a sublime finish. Stunning goal, and we have a game on our hands!

15
Amalfitano and Mulumbu fouls in quick succession set up a City free-kick around 35 yards out.

13
Dzeko looks to join the goalscoring party with a thunderous effort from the edge of the area, but it's always rising.

Liverpool fan Neil could be right as well; are we bound to see another dramatic City title win on the last day? "Hope I'm wrong - but title could go down to goal difference. Come on you Baggies!"

11
Once again West Brom look to answer quickly. Sessegnon finds space in the same kind of area that Aguero just scored a peach from, but his shot angles just over the bar.

10
GOAL! City reply to that wake-up call with aplomb. Aguero picks up the ball before evading Amalfitano and finding the bottom corner from 20 yards. Great hit.

Andy Lunn could be right here, as he's expecting a goal-fest. It won't be a low-scoring affair, that's for sure: "Nothing personal Albion fans but I'm hoping City win big tonight. Baggies will do well to get anything from this one really - City will be well up for this after Chelsea's defeat on Saturday. I reckon 5:1 home win."

6
GOAL DISALLOWED! Vydra sticks the ball into the net on the back of a great move but there's a marginal - and just correct by the looks of things - offside call. Let off for City.

5
Aguero is unmarked in the area after Nasri's cut back, but his effort is curled just over.

5
One too many turns from Silva in the box after Fernandinho's flick finds him.

3
GOAL! That didn't take long. The ensuing throw-in finds Aguero, whose shot is well-saved but falls straight to the head of Zabaleta for 1-0.

2
As predicted, City start in the ascendancy. A lovely turn from Dzeko, a couple of stumbles from the Bosnian and a deflected shot opens proceedings.

1
West Brom get us underway then, kicking from right to left.

Here are some Opta facts ahead of tonight's game, which kicks off in around 10 minutes. Some hard reading for West Brom or expectant Liverpool and Chelsea fans...

Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in four previous Premier League games against the Baggies.

West Brom have taken just two points from six previous Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L4).

Manchester City have failed to score in only one of their last 66 Premier League home games (scoring 177 in that spell).

Liverpool supporter Paul Gemmell is tipping another City disappointment. Hope or expectation? "C'mon you Baggies. Brunt screamer to see off City. YNWA. Would end a perfect Easter Bank Holiday."

Here's Liverpool fan Lee. Has he already ruled City out of the title race? "Lee here, a Liverpool fan. Hoping that City can make the bottom of the table more exciting by drawing 1 - 1."

Avess Ahmed is backing a City win: "I think Manchester City will win this 1-0 and nasri to score."

Here's Chris Green, another expecting goals galore this evening: "I see this game ending in a 2-2 draw."

Man City fan Alex has e-mailed in, and is hoping for a high scoring affair: "Have to say I'm a little surprised to see Silva's playing but I'm glad. We were very flat against Sunderland after we scored so to see the Spanish wizard is playing gives me more hope. I thought we would struggle tonight but with Silva playing and Aguero back fit I think we will win comfortably, at least 5-0......I hope."

First in is Paul Herdman, who can't see past Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool juggernaut for the title: "I think City will bottle it again and it'll end up 1-1 if not a win for baggies! Liverpool's title."

MAN C TEAM
Manchester City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero.

MAN C TEAM
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Kolarov, Milner, Negredo, Jovetic.

WBA TEAM
West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, Olsson, Ridgewell, Jones, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Brunt, Sessegnon, Vydra.

WBA TEAM
Subs: Myhill, Morrison, Anichebe, Yacob, Lugano, Berahino, Reid.

We'll have team news shortly, but in the meantime let's have some pre-match predictions and thoughts. City fans: can you still win the Premier League title? Baggies: will you survive another season in the Premier League? Let me know via Twitter at MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com, and I'll publish the best on site.

As for West Brom, Pepe Mel's side sit 16th, just three points from the relegation trapdoor and in dire need of a win to secure safety. Can they spring a surprise at the Etihad, just as Sunderland did last week?

This game will have lasting effects at both the top and the bottom of the Premier League table, with third-placed City looking to capitalise on the first of their two games in hand on leaders Liverpool and Chelsea. City currently sit 9 points off the pace of the Reds and 4 off the Blues, but they could thrust themselves straight back into the picture with three points this evening.

Hello and welcome to the live commentary on this evening's crucial Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:45
QPR v Stoke  
15:00
A Villa v Arsenal  
Burnley v Sunderland  
Newcastle v Hull City  
Swansea v Southampton  
17:30
West Ham v Liverpool  
Sunday, 21 September 2014
13:30
Leicester v Man Utd  
Tottenham v West Brom  
16:00
Everton v C Palace  
Man City v Chelsea  
Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 A Villa 4 3 10
3 Swansea 4 3 9
4 Southampton 4 5 7
5 Man City 4 3 7
6 Tottenham 4 2 7
7 Arsenal 4 1 6
8 Liverpool 4 1 6
9 Man Utd 4 3 5
10 Hull City 4 0 5
11 Everton 4 -1 5
12 Leicester 4 -1 5
13 West Ham 4 -1 4
14 Stoke 4 -1 4
15 Sunderland 4 -1 3
16 QPR 4 -8 3
17 C Palace 4 -3 2
18 Burnley 4 -3 2
19 West Brom 4 -5 2
20 Newcastle 4 -6 2

Updated Mon, 15 Sep 2014

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