Tomorrow’s game against West Brom will be vital in City’s pursuit for a place in the top 4, and our final home game of the season will see legendary right back Pablo Zabaleta play his final match at the Etihad, after he announced that his amazing 9 year stay in Manchester will come to an end this season.
City’s form is impressive going into tomorrow’s game, having lost just one of the last 15 league games, winning eight and drawing six. Wins in our last 10 league meetings with the Baggies will further improve the Blues’ confidence. The reverse fixture at the Hawthorns ended 4-0 to City.
However, our previous game, a 2-1 win over Leicester City, was unconvincing. The second half saw the Foxes put plenty of pressure on our defence, and Pep will be hoping the team put in a more confident performance tomorrow. West Brom’s last game was a 1-0 loss to champions Chelsea – their third defeat in the last five games.
John Stones is likely to return to the squad following a muscle problem that kept him sidelined for over a month, while Fabian Delph is set to miss out because of a leg injury.
Meanwhile, West Brom are likely to be without goal-scoring defender Gareth McAuley, who picked up a thigh injury during their defeat to Chelsea on Friday. The Northern-Irish centre-half has six goals this season. Matt Phillips will miss the game, and fellow attacker Hal Robson-Kanu may only be on the bench following a hamstring injury.
The spotlight, however, will definitely be fixed on Pablo Zabaleta – City’s lionhearted right-back will be sorely missed at City, and he’s received endless praise from football fans.
Speaking to the press, Guardiola said, “His impact here was amazing, he was one of the first players to come here, he has helped the club to where it is right now.”
“Hopefully all the fans can come to support us – we are playing for a lot of important things – more than ever, and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City.”