Manchester City goalkeeper has been dominant against West Bromwich recently.
Manchester City" href="http://bleacherreport.com/manchester-city" target="_blank">Manchester City travel to The Hawthorns to take on the Baggies in Premier League play. The Blues have achieved success recently against West Bromwich behind goalkeeper Joe Hart's four match clean sheet streak.
This fixture, however, could play out differently as the Baggies have played football that caught the eye of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini according to Daily Mail.
Both clubs are near the top of the early-season table as West Bromwich has been a pleasant surprise early in league play. Steve Clarke's squad has taken four of its seven matches in 2012 while netting a goal in all matches but one against Fulham" href="http://bleacherreport.com/fulham" target="_blank">Fulham.
Where: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England
When: Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. EST
TV/Live Stream: Fox Soccer Plus
West Bromwich: Continue Hot Streak at Home
Manchester City does present a massive challenge for West Brom and the Baggies are entering a definitive 13-match stretch and is still waiting on production from transfer Markus Rosenberg writes Chris Lepkowski of Birmingham Mail.
Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will likely not play as he returns from international action points out John Ley of The Daily Telegraph.
What will be the result of Saturday's match?
One factor heavily weighted in the Baggies' favor, though, is that they have beaten each team at The Hawthorns thus far in league play with a 4-0 record.
With early seasons wins against the likes of Everton" href="http://bleacherreport.com/everton" target="_blank">Everton and Liverpool" href="http://bleacherreport.com/liverpool" target="_blank">Liverpool, The Hawthorns has been a welcome home for the Baggies.
Zoltan Gera will need to step up in Mulumbu's likely absence, and it wouldn't hurt the Baggies' chances if he struck another ball like so.
West Brom's offensive group will need to pressure Man City's back line, something the squad has not done lately.
The match against the Blues will be a measuring stick for the upstart Baggies' team and a successful result would be a draw, with a win being the ultimate prize.
Manchester City: Do Not Rely on Previous Successes
Each match brings a new flavor, and the Premier League Champions have the aforementioned run of great success against West Brom.
The injury bug has bitten the Blues as well as "midfield magician" David Silva, who will be out of commission for at least the next two matches.
According to Bleacher Report's Phil Keidel, Silva's injury could not have come at a worse time.
Filling this offensive void will be striker Carlos Tevez, who left back Gael Clichy believes has been City's best player this season, writes Tom Doyle of goal.com.
Netminder Joe Hart holds a near 400 minute shutout streak against the Baggies and looks to again exert his dominance on the pitch.
In Daily Mail, Mancini said that he believes that "In this moment, I think West Bromwich is the team that has played the best football, so tomorrow for us it will be a big game."
Indeed it will be, sir.
The Blues should easily dispatch the Baggies, although West Brom is holding on to its spot in the top half admirably thus far. Hart's clean sheet streak continues and Manchester City takes the match 2-0.