Manchester City vs. West Brom: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16:  A dejected Vincent Kompany and Javi Garcia of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on April 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Last but not least on the slate of Week 35 comes the Monday night fixture between Manchester City and West Brom, two sides currently on the brink of quite opposite prospects.

Manchester City are still bruised from their two-match winless run, beaten by Liverpool before drawing against Sunderland over the last eight days, but will still hold some hope of hounding down the Reds' Premier League lead.

Meanwhile, the Baggies sit just outside the relegation zone, still apprehensive in the knowledge that they could realistically still see the drop should results not go their way in the coming five outings.

Ahead of Monday's trip to the Etihad Stadium, we provide all the vital viewing information to ensure you don't miss a minute of the action, as well as a preview of what's to come.


Date: Monday, April 21

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBC Sports Network (U.S.)


Top Storylines

Citizens Clinging to Lost Hope?

No, that's not a remark on economical structure or the plight of the working man, but an indication that Manuel Pellegrini's men may now be fighting a lost cause in their bid for the Premier League title.

Last Sunday's loss at Anfield made their pursuit of the league crown difficult, but a 2-2 draw against Sunderland just a few days later may have damaged the Citizens beyond measure.

ESPN FC recalculated the odds following Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday:

The sternest challenge left on Liverpool's schedule is next Sunday's visit of Chelsea to Anfield, where a win for the visiting Blues would perhaps be the most beneficial result for City.

Even then, though, a win over West Brom would mean little unless those above City in the standings dropped points in their upcoming fixtures.

With that in mind, a City side now suffering with several injury concerns, such as Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas, could be low on morale and therefore a far more vulnerable creature at this time.


One More Should Do It

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans of West Brom celebrate after the second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.
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As far as the unwritten rulebook of the Premier League goes, 40 points is the magic number, thought to be capable of securing a club's Premier League status in any campaign.

However, it's also well-known that this sum changes season by season, and such is the level of competition this term that a significantly lower average may be what's required, West Brom travelling to Manchester this evening with 33 to their name.

The Baggies have at least one game in hand over most of their top-flight rivals. With bottom-three incumbents Cardiff City, Fulham and Sunderland each on 30, 30 and 29 points, respectively, one would think 36 points should guarantee safety.

After all, on current form, it's difficult to see those three relegation-zone inhabitants clinching an average of two wins each from their remaining matches, a combined six wins from 10 altogether.

With that knowledge fuelling them, Pepe Mel's side will undoubtedly take to the Etihad turf with a nothing-to-lose attitude, with just one loss from their last five displays, and it could pay dividends to the underdogs.


Key Battle

Javi Garcia vs. Stephane Sessegnon

In the absence of the injured Toure, it's likely that Javi Garcia will once again fill in for City as their alternative central midfield outlet, but admittedly one of far inferior quality.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Javi Garcia of Man City clashes with Callum McManaman oif Wigan during the FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at the Etihad Stadium on March 9, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Mich
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Garcia is acres away from the multifaceted Toure in terms of ability, offering a far more limited approach to his game that will probably mean Fernandinho is pushed up into a more creative role while the Spaniard sits as anchor.

This will undoubtedly be to Stephane Sessegnon's advantage, as not only do City have a less effective attacking midfielder now pulling their strings, but Fernandinho's increased engine-room absence means gaps should appear that may not have were the Brazilian present.

OptaJean recently congratulated the Benin international on his Premier League landmark, which he has since improved further:

Garcia is a useful asset for Pellegrini in his own right, but simply isn't of the same standards of the player he's likely to replace, leaving West Brom's attackers with some cause for cheer.