Man City 2 vs 0 West Brom
CHANCE!! A chance for Aguero to get himself on the scoresheet as the ball falls to him 20 yards out after Dawson had only half-cleared Silva’s attempted pass over the top towards De Bruyne, but the Argentine’s well-struck shot is straight at Foster.
City are awarded a free-kick 30 yards out from goal in a central area following a foul on Jesus by Dawson, but the position is wasted as De Bruyne stands up a cross which is far too deep. Tony Pulis will be pretty relieved that nothing came of that free-kick as he certainly didn’t agree with the decision to award it.
West Brom are trying to push further up the pitch but they look far more vulnerable at the back when they lose the ball as a result, and Yaya Toure picks out Silva just inside the edge of the penalty area, but Livermore tracks back well to make an important tackle before Foster is called into action moments later to palm away De Bruyne’s long-range drive.
The City fans have certainly found their voice now and their side look in complete control of this game.
There’s some concern for Kompany now and John Stones has been sent to warm up. It would be a huge blow to Pep Guardiola is his captain had to be replaced.
West Brom have their first real chance to get the ball into the box now as Craig Pawson awards them a free-kick on the left-hand side following an elbow on Chris Brunt by Fernandinho, but Nacer Chadli’s ball in is a poor one and goes straight into the arms of Willy Caballero.
Silva picks out Sane inside the left-hand edge of the penalty area and the winger looks to get down the outside of Nyom, but the right-back stands him up well and forces Sane to run the ball out of play for a goal kick. West Brom are defending with a very narrow shape at the moment which is making it hard for City to break through.
City are completely dominant in this game at the minute but they haven’t really got going at the pace or intensity that Pep Guardiola may have wanted them to.
West Brom are sitting extremely deep now with all 11 players sat inside their own defensive third, allowing Nicolas Otamendi to surge forward and hit a powerful, low shot towards goal, but despite the ball wobbling slightly as it approaches him, Foster holds on with ease.