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Man City team news: Bissouma suspended, Alzate returns

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Read the full preview as Albion prepare for their trip to the Etihad on Wednesday night.

By Charlie Hanson • 19 April 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma will miss Albion's next two Premier League games through suspension.

Albion will look to complete a third consecutive victory against a side in the top six on Wednesday when they take on leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, kick-off 8pm.

After a run of six defeats and a draw, Albion have rediscovered their form with wins at Arsenal and Spurs to take them 25 points from 16 away games this campaign, the sixth best away record in the Premier League.

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PL Highlights: Spurs 0 Albion 1

Graham Potter’s men have gained a reputation for giving the teams at the top end of the table a good run for their money and that was certainly the case when Albion ran out 3-2 victors over Manchester City at the end of last season.

That was a first defeat for City against Albion in the Premier League though, with their 4-1 win at the Amex in October making it eight wins from nine since Albion’s return to the top tier.

Pep Guardiola’s men head into this game after a mixed week. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Liverpool.

The table-toppers are still in the driving seat as they sit one point clear of the Reds with seven games to play, but by their high standards they have had a ‘blip’ in recent weeks, winning three of their last six games.

Team news

Graham Potter said in his press conference on Monday afternoon, "Everybody is ok. We’ve been recovering this morning after the Tottenham game and everybody feels good. Obviously Yves is suspension but everybody else should be okay.

"Steven Alzate missed the game at Spurs due to illness, but he’s back in training – he did a light session today so we’ll see how he is. There’s a chance he could be involved in the squad."

Our last meeting

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PL Highlights: Albion 1 Man City 4

Having been 3-0 down at half-time, Albion put in a strong second half performance against City at the Amex, with Alexis Mac Allister firing in from the penalty spot with ten minutes to play, although Riyad Mahrez’s 90th minute goal restored City’s three-goal advantage.

City player to watch

By Paul Hazlewood
Phil Foden scored twice against Albion in City's 4-1 win at the Amex in October.

Phil Foden has started in City’s last ten Premier League games and has enjoyed fixtures against Albion in the past. The England international scored a wonder goal in Albion’s 3-2 victory over City last season, while he added to his tally against Graham Potter’s men with two goals and an assist when the teams met in October.

Match officials

Referee: Mike Dean.

Assistants: Darren Cann, Eddie Smart.

Fourth official: Robert Jones.

VAR: Chris Kavanagh.

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies.