Predicted Manchester City XI to play West Bromwich Albion - Kompany in

Match to be played on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 20:00. Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

Captain Vincent Kompany is expected to return to the Manchester City side on Wednesday evening when they travel to the Hawthorns to face Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion.

The Belgian international has missed the last 10 games with a thigh injury but should start in the heart of defence alongside Martin Demichelis. Joleon Lescott should drop to the bench with Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy keeping their places on either side of the central pairing.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will remain on the bench after Costel Pantilimon's fine display in the 3-0 home win against Swansea on Sunday. The problem for manager Manuel Pellegrini is who he plays in midfield and attack that can put a stop to the side's embarrassing away form, which has seen them win just once this season at West Ham.

After another fantastic home display at the weekend, he'd be criticised if changes led to anything but a win so he may stick with a midfield of Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Samir Nasri. 

And in attack, the potent pairing of Alvaro Negredo and the Premier League's top scorer Sergio Aguero should keep Edin Dzeko on the bench. 

Predicted Manchester City side to face West Bromwich Albion: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Negredo.

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