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Emlyn Begley

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for joining us tonight. We've seen the best performance of the weekend from one of the title contenders.

    Anyone else excited about City v Chelsea next Sunday already? I know I am.

    But there's plenty of football to come before then. Tomorrow we will have live text commentaries from the Uefa Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla, the Dundee derby and the League Cup first round. Join us then.

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    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure: "I know what I have to do and I don't care what people say about me. I'm not back - I'm always there. 

    "It's about the team. We did a massive job today. West Brom have a good manager and players. Full credit to all our team. We made it easy because we played our own football, we played with belief and intensity." 

  3. Pulis takes the blame

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis, speaking to Sky Sports: "I take responsibility for the way we set up. The fact we had Saido and Rickie up front together pulled us away from what we should do. I said to them afterwards I’d take responsibility.

    "There are certain principles we have to stick by and work with to get results at this level and I went away from that. We created quite a few chances but we were far too loose as a team.

    "We know what we need to do in the transfer market. The chairman has been very good. We’re after quite a few targets and there will be players who leave the club as well."

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    We'll have some reaction from West Brom boss Tony Pulis for you soon. Just be patient and all your Pulis reaction dreams will come true.

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    Yaya Toure

    Ten of the opening 30 Premier League goals in 2015-16 have been scored by African players – it took 120 goals last season for that landmark.

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    Fans of running stats might be interested to know Jesus Navas ran more (11.59km) than any other player and had more sprints - 79 - than anyone else.

    Raheem Sterling ran 8.5km and went on 56 sprints. He reached the top speed of anyone on the pitch - 32.44km/h.

    Darren Fletcher topped West Brom's running charts, with Chris Brunt going on more dribbles than any other Baggies player today.

    Take from that what you will. If anything.  

  7. Manager reaction

    West Brom 0-3 Man City

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to Sky Sports: "It is very important to start the season with a win. I'm always pleased when my team scores. 

    "I like attacking football. We did really well and when you score it is important to score more but be balanced. To keep the clean sheet is also important. We returned to see the Yaya Toure of a season ago. 

    "Raheem Sterling had two clear chances to score but he is just starting with new team-mates. It was maybe not his best performance."

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    Hope Pebor:  Chelsea fan here. I think City played very well and they are the major title contenders along with my team. I wish they could do well in Europe as well this season. This City team can win the Premier League this season because they look hungry and more fired up unlike Chelsea who are quite complacent at the moment. Can't wait for Sunday. City v Chelsea will be a cracker - hopefully Chelsea wins.

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    Vincent Kompany

    More from Vincent Kompany: "The main thing is that we have some new tools to use this season. Raheem has given us sharpness and speed to hurt teams when we’re defending. It gives other teams things to think about. It gives us that bit of danger we need and we have so many tools to hurt teams."

  10. Post update

    I don't want to sound too hyperbolic but Manchester City v Chelsea next Sunday is already shaping up to be an enthralling game.

    It was put to Vincent Kompany that City will be five points clear of the champions if they win that game...

    "It will be a big game very early in the season and I’m sure it will matter," the captain said.

    "We can’t go into it thinking it’s about winning the league but it will matter so we need to put in a great performance."  

  11. Post update

    Yaya Toure might get man of the match today, but David Silva was brilliant. Here's his touch map - involved all over the attacking half of the pitch today - left, right and centre.

    Touch map
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    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, speaking to Sky Sports: "We have something to prove. Last season was below what we’re used to doing. It was a good way to start the first game. 

    "It gives us extra motivation. We came out knowing we had a point to prove. If you’d seen the faces in training last week, I knew the team was going to be ready for this game.

    "Every club needs stability. It [Manuel Pellegrini's new contract] gives us stability and the right kind of environment to work in towards the end of the season."

  13. Match stats

    David Silva
    • Manchester City have won on the opening day five seasons in a row.
    • West Brom have only done it once in the last six seasons.
    • Man City have won seven Premier League games in a row.
    • City completed 692 passes in this game – 211 more than any other team at the weekend.
    • David Silva (90) and Fernandinho (89) completed more passes than any other Premier League player in the opening games.
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    Colin Masters: Whoever finishes above us will win it. Get in City.

     Xadiis Hareeri Cadde: City fans, we are top of league. Arsenal fans we are bottom of the league. What a difference.

    Caron Coates: It was only West Brom

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    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City captain and goal-scorer Vincent Kompany is in front of the TV cameras now. We'll bring you the best from that interview in a minute.

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  17. The game in numbers


    Manchester City had significantly better possession, shots and efforts on target stats. Totally deserved winners.

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    Arsenal fans not too happy with me suggesting Edin Dzeko would be a good signing for them.

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    Manuel Pellegrini

    So we've seen all 20 Premier League teams this weekend. There's no doubt that Manchester City have been the best of the title contenders so far. 

    Manchester United had an unconvincing win, Arsenal lost and Chelsea were held. But Manuel Pellegrini's side were dominant and clinical.

  20. FULL-TIME - West Brom 0-3 Manchester City

    Vincent Kompany

    Game over. Manchester City go top!

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    Aleksandar Kolarov almost makes it four but his free-kick is touched wide by Boaz Myhill. Seconds to go.


    Three minutes of injury time added on, one of them done already.

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    David Silva

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero almost makes it 4-0 but his effort is saved by the feet of Boaz Myhill.

    David Silva wants a penalty now but referee not interested.

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    Victor Anichebe, who will surely be West Brom's fourth choice striker once Salomon Rondon becomes eligible, has a shot but it's straight at Joe Hart.

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    If Manchester City are selling Edin Dzeko to Roma for £14m, by the way, that's a bargain, isn't it? Surely Arsenal could do with the Bosnian striker?

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    West Brom striker Victor Anichebe tries to turn Vincent Kompany on the edge of the box but the defender gets a touch onto it and Chris Brunt mis-kicks wide from the loose ball.

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    West Brom winger Callum McManaman wanted a penalty after being challenged for a header by Eliaquim Mangala. Would have been one of the weakest penalty awards ever.

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    Is it too early for 'as it stands' table chat? Well if not Manchester City are top and West Brom are bottom. Only 37 games to turn this round for the Baggies.



    Manchester City make a change straight after that with two-goal hero Yaya Toure coming off for Martín Demichelis, who is usually a defender but might sit in midfield here.


    Callum McManaman, who I'd almost forgotten was at West Brom, is coming on for Saido Berahino.

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    Chris Brunt

    Saido Berahino lays the ball off to Chris Brunt, whose left-wing cross is headed straight at Joe Hart by James Morrison. The Scotland international could have done better there.


    Raheem Sterling

    Manchester City debutant Raheem Sterling comes off and is replaced by Samir Nasri. Sterling missed a couple of chances and was fairly quiet today but I don't think he had a bad game.

    West Brom striker Rickie Lambert comes off to a good reception, he's replaced by Victor Anichebe.

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    West Brom having a decent spell of corners now. Fernandinho and Saido Berahino are chasing each other around Joe Hart like a playground game. The latest corner comes to nothing.

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    Richard Atherton, Northwich:  After Man City's third goal, all Arsenal fans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief for moving up from the bottom of the table. Well done boys.   

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    Manuel Pellegrini

    A fan of omens? Well Manchester City have won the Premier League title twice - on both those seasons they won the opening game 4-0 (v Swansea in 2011-12 and v Newcastle in 2013-14).

    You wouldn't put it past them today. And you wouldn't put the title past them this season based on this performance.

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    Craig Gardner

    Baggies midfielder Craig Gardner has a go from 25 yards but it's well over. As is this game.

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    West Brom defender Craig Dawson gets his head onto an attacking corner, which Aleksandar Kolarov deflects out for another corner. But that comes to nothing.

    Hard to see a way back for them even if they did manage to score now.

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    Vincent Kompany celebrates

    Vincent Kompany failed to score in any of his 25 Premier League appearances last season by the way.

    It's been a great day for Kompany and Yaya Toure, arguably the two City players whose stock took the biggest hit last season.

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    Sergio Aguero has a shot blocked with his first touch. It's going to be a long final 25 minutes for West Brom. Especially their defenders and midfielders on a booking. I wouldn't rule out a red card.

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    Just what West Brom's defenders didn't want to see. Sergio Aguero, who did not start tonight following his Copa America exploits this summer, comes on for Wilfried Bony.

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Sport

    Quote Message: When you look at all of the top teams this weekend, Manchester City have been the most impressive

    The game's gone now for West Brom. Half-time substitute Claudio Yacob is booked for hacking David Silva from behind.

  47. GOAL - West Brom 0-3 Manchester City - Vincent Kompany

    Vincent Kompany

    David Silva takes the corner and it's game over asVincent Kompanyleaps like a mighty salmon to head (it might have been a shoulder) the ball over Boaz Myhill from an angle and into the back of the net.

    Game over.

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    David Silva

    David Silva has been fantastic today - like with two minutes ago, he somehow finds space when he's heavily marked and his cross to Wilfried Bony is deflected out for a corner.


    And now West Brom's debutant defender James Chester is booked for fouling Raheem Sterling, who was just about to sprint away from him. 

    The second Albion player in the book today for fouling the ex-Liverpool winger.


    West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner has no complaints about this - Jesus Navas is starting a counter-attack and the Baggies man scythes him down. Took one for the team.

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    David Silva is played down the right by Jesus Navas. The Spaniard is closely marked by Claudio Yacob and Joleon Lescott but manages to lose both of them and crosses into the 'corridor of uncertainty' but nobody is there to tap in from four yards out.

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    West Brom are actually shading possession in this half. A huge improvement on the first period where it was one-way traffic.

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    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is booked for a foul on Craig Gardner.

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    West Brom have been a lot better in the second half since Tony Pulis's tactical reshuffle. They have another attack but Saido Berahino's cross is easily held by Joe Hart, who has been a lot busier in the last seven minutes.

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Saido Berahino
    Quote Message: What a run from Berahino but he really should have scored. I thought he was offside actually but with his finishing ability you'd expect him to score.
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    Saido Berahino has a huge chance to make it 2-1 but messes it up. James Morrison plays a ball over the Manchester City defence and Berahino, about eight yards out, gets the ball stuck under his foot and fails to get his shot away.

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    Rickie Lambert shoots

    West Brom striker Rickie Lambert has another free-kick from distance. This one is much better than the first but his curling effort lands on the top of the net. Joe Hart was worried in the Manchester City goal.

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    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling has another chance. David Silva sets him through down the left wing but he's pressurised by the West Brom defence and his shot from an angle is saved by the feet of Boaz Myhill.

  60. KICK-OFF

    West Brom 0-2 Manchester City

    West Brom go straight on the attack from kick-off through Rickie Lambert with Manchester City happy to concede a throw-in.


    West Brom boss Tony Pulis has decided to shore up. Defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob comes on for winger James McClean.

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  63. Story of the first half

    Match stats

    In case you were wondering just how one-sided that first half was, take a look at the stats. Eleven shots to one, 71% possession to City.

  64. Vote result

    We've been asking you whether Manchester City are stronger this season. The results are in, with 39.1% of you saying they are stronger than last year, 20.3% saying they are weaker and 40.6% of you saying they are neither stronger nor weaker.

    On the evidence of this match so far, whatever they have done over the summer has had a pretty major effect.

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    Sean smirking in Manchester:  Yaya will win us the title again this season. And Robbie Savage saying he had to go last year.. 

    Matt, Huntingdon:  'Sterling, Silva' - I have a feeling commentators and pundits alike will be saying those words about City a lot this season!

  66. Pass masters

    Manchester City have already completed more passes tonight (417) than all but three Premier League teams completed overall in their games this weekend.  

    The last team to complete more passes in the first half of a Premier League game were Swansea (461) v Crystal Palace in March 2014.  

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    He's still young though. It feels like he's been round forever but at the age of 20, a lot of players aren't even playing first-team football yet.


    Manchester City go in at the break 2-0 up - they've been totally dominant. It was almost like a pre-season friendly against some village side at times.


    James McClean

    West Brom debutant James McClean, who is almost the definition of a winger, gets the ball into the box but Vincent Kompany gets the ball back to keeper Joe Hart, who smothers the ball gratefully.

    One minute of stoppage time.

  70. Analysis

    West Brom 0-2 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live at The Hawthorns

    Raheem Sterling has a shot saved
    Quote Message: Raheem Sterling should have scored. He made a great run and showed so much pace. But he had so much of the goal to hit and for £49m he should have scored that. I don't think he is a natural finisher.
  71. Post update

    Manchester City's David Silva, who has been brilliant in the first half, plays a brilliant ball through to marauding left-back Aleksandar Kolarov but Saido Berahino of all people tracks the run and deflects the shot out for a corner.


    Saido Berahino scores

    Moments after Raheem Sterling should have made it 3-0, Saido Berahino has the ball in the back of the net but it's rightly called back for offside. Game has moved up in tempo now.

  73. Post update

    Just as Robbie Savage says that, Raheem Sterling should make it 3-0 - he's played in on goal and only has Boaz Myhill to beat but his weak shot is saved down low by the keeper.

  74. Analysis

    West Brom 0-2 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live at The Hawthorns

    Raheem Sterling
    Quote Message: Raheem Sterling has done OK so far. I would say there are better players on the pitch like David Silva and Yaya Toure. Silva is orchestrating the play and Sterling is keeping his width on the left hand side.

    West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher is booked for bringing down David Silva in midfield. Might be a long 50 minutes for him having to watch his step around Silva, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure now.

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    It's staying as Yaya Toure's. I'm glad I put Sergio Aguero back in my team on Friday...

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    I take my comment about Rickie Lambert's long-range free-kick prowess back. Southampton fans on Twitter are informing me he's done it before.

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    Poor old Joe Hart. The Manchester City number one has had pretty much the whole half to himself so far, with the players camped in the West Brom half so far.

    This graphic shows the players' average positions (West Brom white, Man City grey).

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    Rickie Lambert

    West Brom having a little spell on the ball now. A ball is pumped into the box by Joleon Lescott but Rickie Lambert barges over his defender trying to get his head onto it. Free-kick to City and West Brom's period of possession is over.

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    Tony Pulis

    Maybe this is why teams often don't play two out-and-out strikers against one of the top teams...

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    Wilfried Bony

    Wilfried Bony has a shot deflected just wide. Manchester City just in total and complete control.

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    England and Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott is impressed by her club mate...

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    Eighteen passes in the build-up to Yaya Toure's second.

    Yaya Goal
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    Yaya Toure has scored five goals in his last three games at The Hawthorns. Our stats friends Opta tell us they're sticking with the Ivorian as the opening goalscorer (subject to the dubious goals panel).

  87. Tremendous Toure

    Not a bad half from Yaya Toure so far - he is yet to misplace a pass (as the green arrows on the graphic show) and has had two shots, both resulting in goals.

    On the decline? Not on this evidence.

    Yaya graphic
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    West Brom have a free-kick 35 yards out. Debutant Rickie Lambert steps up to take it. Now he doesn't strike me as a 35-yard free-kick guy and I'd be right to think that. It's well over.

    But it is West Brom's first shot of the game so at least there's that.

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    West Brom 0-2 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live at The Hawthorns

    Yaya Toure scores
    Quote Message: Fantastic play. The first ball from Yaya Toure was round the corner to Wilfried Bony with the outside of his right foot and he got it back before curling a shot into the top corner. City have started so well against a team that kept 10 clean sheets in 18 games under Tony Pulis last season.
  90. GOAL - West Brom 0-2 Manchester City - Yaya Toure

    Yaya Toure scores

    There's no way David Silva will be claiming this one. It's a brilliant goal by Yaya Toure. The midfielder plays a one-two with Ivory Coast team-mate Wilfried Bony and just sweeps the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards. He made it look so easy but it was a fantastic strike.

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    Manchester City just passing the ball around in midfield with ease. As I write that, Eliaquim Mangala plays a long, aimless ball forward and loses it. But City have it back again.

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    I know we're only into the 18th minute but this is the best performance by one of the title contenders so far.

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    Want to see the Manchester City goal in graphical form? Of course you do.

    City goal
  94. Good weekend for African players

    If Yaya Toure does get that goal, nine of the 28 goals scored in the Premier League in the opening weekend have been scored by African players.

    It took 119 goals for that mark last season.

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    Safe to say it's been one-way traffic so far, while West Brom just can't get hold of the ball.

    The heat map below left shows where West Brom's players have had possesion, the one on the right where Man City have had the ball.

    Heat map
  96. Post update

    James McClean

    I'd like to tell you West Brom have reacted to that goal positively but it continues to be all Manchester City. 

  97. Analysis

    West Brom 0-1 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live at The Hawthorns

    Quote Message: West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been bold to play two up top but striker Rickie Lambert is playing more in midfield. Manchester City are dominating.
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    Manchester City have had 80.4% possession. You maths whizzes out there will be able to work out that means West Brom have only had 19.6% so far.

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  100. GOAL - West Brom 0-1 Manchester City - Yaya Toure

    Yaya Toure scores
    Yaya Toure celebrates

    Manchester City lead. Jesus Navas picks out Yaya Toure whose shot from just outside the box is deflected in and dribbles past the line. On second viewing David Silva actually got a flick on it which Craig Dawson then deflected into his net.

    Don't be surprised if it gets awarded to Silva instead, but for now it's Toure's.

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    Manchester City put together about a million passes - they kept possession for what must have been almost a minute, but then Bacary Sagna ruins it all by hoofing in a terrible cross which West Brom clear.

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    Bacary Sagna puts a cross into the box but Wilfried Bony can't get on the end of it and it's cleared. Manchester City starting to take control and West Brom's entire 11 are sitting quite deep.

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    David Silva

    David Silva loses James McClean but his shot is blocked and West Brom break through Saido Berahino.

    Manchester City have a free-kick through after Craig Gardner clipped Raheem Sterling who had burst into full pace.

  104. Analysis

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Sport

    Quote Message: It's interesting already that West Brom are playing 4-4-2 but either Rickie Lambert or Saido Berahino are dropping back to make five in midfield.
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    Manchester City have had most of the ball so far with West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill getting an early touch from a long ball.

    Raheem Sterling loses the ball with his first touch.

  106. KICK-OFF

    We are under way. A reminder of tonight's line-ups...

    West Brom XI
    Man City XI
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    Salomon Rondon

    West Brom's new record signing Salomon Rondon comes onto the pitch before kick-off to a good reception from The Hawthorns.

    He can't play today for them though so back down the tunnel he goes.

    The players who can play today are on the pitch though and we're almost ready to go.

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    Quote Message: Raheem will give us speed. To play here with important players, he will improve a lot as he's very young. from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini
    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini
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    Quote Message: We are still looking to improve the squad and bring players in over the next couple of weeks from West Brom boss Tony Pulis
    West Brom boss Tony Pulis
  111. Sterling to be 'very successful' at City

    Raheem Sterling

    Tonight's debutant Raheem Sterling doesn't deserve criticism for his £49m summer move from Liverpool to Manchester City, according to his new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    "He has settled in very well. He wants to come here, he wants to have new challenges. I don't think he deserves criticism about that," the Chilean said. 

    "He is working very well and it is easy for good players to settle in a good team. I think we are going to have a very successful player this year." 

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  113. Pellegrini a Kompany man

    Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany

    Vincent Kompany has been Manchester City's most solid player since signing in August 2008, right at the start of the Abu Dhabi regime.

    However last season he was far from his best, making several high-profile mistakes, as City lost their title.

    But Manuel Pellegrini is backing the Belgian, who starts tonight, to recover.

    "I trust a lot in Vincent," he said. "It is always important to analyse why we concede 38 goals and more than 35 per cent were from set-pieces. 

    "I don't think defending comes from just one player - it comes from the team. I am sure we will see the player we saw playing so well two years ago."

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  115. Eight in a row?

    Manchester City stat
  116. Pellegrini deal comes as surprise

    Manuel Pellegrini

    In a summer where Newcastle have actually started spending decent money, Leicester appointed Claudio Ranieri and Hull received £15m for James Chester and Robbie Brady in 24 hours - it says a lot that one of the more surprising stories of the summer saw Manuel Pellegrini sign a new two-year deal as Manchester City boss.

    There has been a lot of chat that City will appoint Pep Guardiola next summer, which is when Pellegrini's old contract was set to expire.

    "I am not talking about Pep Guardiola, he is a manager that every team will want to manage because he is a great manager," said Pellegrini.

    "I was used last season to the speculation. Carlo Ancelotti had a contract signed and Jurgen Klopp had also a contract.

    "For me, the owners are happy with the way I am working. I am also happy at this club. It is impossible to know about the future."

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  118. Berahino can 'learn' from Lambert

    Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes the signing of Rickie Lambert can help improve striker Saido Berahino.

    The 22-year-old - a reported Tottenham target - scored 20 goals last season, and will now be partnered by England and ex-Liverpool striker Lambert.

    "Last year we relied a lot on Saido's goals. Rickie is a senior player and good character as well. I think Saido will learn a lot off him," Pulis said.

    "I believe another year playing regular football at West Bromwich Albion will make Saido a better player." 

  119. West Brom smash club record

    Salomon Rondon

    West Brom have broken their transfer record today but he wasn't signed in time for tonight's game.

    Zenit St Petersburg and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon has moved for £12m.

    The 25-year-old had been linked to Liverpool during this summer's Copa America.

    The Baggies' previous record was £10m for Brown Ideye last summer.

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  121. Chelsea appeal over Courtois dismissal

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live football pundit on the Monday Night Show

    Quote Message: The red card of Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is a stonewall sending off and it cannot be overturned.

    Thibaut Courtois was shown a straight red and conceded a penalty for wiping out Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis on the edge of the box. Chelsea are contesting the one-game ban.

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Tonight's game is live on BBC Radio 5 live (which you can listen to on this page so you don't have to go anywhere).

    Robbie Savage is the summariser, with John Murray the man with the mic.

  124. Their Premier League life

    Saido Berahino
    Image caption: If Saido Berahino did My Premier League Life
  125. Their Premier League life

    Uwe Rosler
    Image caption: If Uwe Rosler entered his details on My Premier League Life
  126. My Premier League life

    My Premier League Life

    Another thing on our website for you to play with is 'My Premier League Life'. Type in your Premier League team, your date of birth and where in the UK you live (this is optional) and it'll let you know all kinds of stats about the club and your birthday buddies and locally born players.

    Me, Barnesy and Rio are like peas in a pod. Galling to be so near and yet so far to Jozy Altidore though.

    Check that bad boy out here.

  127. Become a mini-Lawro


    We have a brand new toy this season - a Premier League predictor where you can guess every single Premier League result this season.

    You can see how your guess compares to Mark Lawrenson and the average user. 

    Afterwards you can see where you ranked among everyone else - and find out which Premier League club's supporters are the best predictors.

    Check it out here.

  128. Swann's predictions

    Graeme Swann

    As well as Mark Lawrenson, former England cricketer Graeme Swann also had a go with a prediction. He thinks Man City will win 2-0.

    "Man City will get off to a good start but I think they will finish fourth this year, one place behind Newcastle," the, um, Toon fan thinks.

  129. Analysis

    West Brom v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live football pundit on the Monday Night Club

    Quote Message: Looking at the form of Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala last season, I think Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino will fancy playing against them. I'm not going to rule West Brom out tonight.
  130. City should be second at least

    Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst

    Mark Lawrenson prediction

    I can see West Brom improving again under Tony Pulis, who is clearly a very good manager at this level.

    With what they have got in their squad, Manchester City should be finishing in second place at worst.

  131. Are Man City stronger this season?

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