Manchester United host the Premier League’s surprise package West Brom today after a hard fought 4-3 victory against a Newcastle side in a game which had more talking points about the off the pitch antics than it did the on the pitch antics.
West Brom meanwhile have surged up the Premier League table this season under the guidance of former Liverpool and Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke. Having served under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Kenny Daglish, Clarke was always going to bring something new to the Midlands outfit and fortunately for the Brom, that something new has been consistency and most importantly more good results for the once crowned football league first division winners.
The Albion go into the game at the Theatre Of Dreams on the back of a scrappy 2-1 victory away at QPR on Boxing Day and they have a host of new injury doubts. Defenders Jonas Olsson and Gordan Popov are both doubtful with powerhouse midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu also expected to miss out due to a hamstring injury. On loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku will be looking to do his parent club a favour and try to peg back a United side who have struggled against the long ball threat in recent times.
For United, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young are both expected to return after missing out against Newcastle along with long term absentee and summer signing Shinji Kagawa. United are still however without Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones with the slowly ageing Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes expected to watch this one from the stands due to fatigue.
After City dropped vital points on Boxing Day and a less than impressive first half performance against Newcastle, the Reds will be looking to get off to a flyer against West Brom and hopefully maintain that seven point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table as 2012 comes to an end.
Predicted score: I give up after I predicted Newcastle would have no chance of scoring on Wednesday