West Brom v Manchester City

Manchester City will be looking to get their 2015/16 Premier League campaign off to the perfect start when they travel to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on Monday evening.

The Citizens relinquished the top-flight crown to Chelsea last term after finishing as runners-up, while they also ended without any silverware, suffering an early-round defeat in the Champions League while also faltering the League Cup and FA Cup.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has looked to improve their chances of mounting another title challenge this term following the acquisition of club-record signing Raheem Sterling, who joined for £49m from Liverpool.

Also snapped up during the off-season were Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts, although the former is unable to make his debut against the Baggies as he is out with a hamstring injury.

Also missing with a knock is Gael Clichy, although Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri have all recovered from illness and should start.

For the hosts, manager Tony Pulis enters his second season in charge and will be looking to improve on their 13th-placed finish last season.

The boss has done well to strengthen his options during the transfer period, including the signings of James Chester from Hull, as well as Rickie Lambert and Wigan duo James McClean and Callum McManaman.

However, Joleon Lescott is a doubt to start the new season against his former employers, with the West Brom defender facing a late fitness test, while new loan signing from Arsenal, Serge Gnabry, is not expected to play any part.

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