West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City 10/08/2015
Last season Baggies manager Tony Pulis steered West Bromwich out of a relegation dogfight and secured their top flight status for another season. I think it is safe to say that the same scenario will not repeat itself this season with Pulis being a hugely experienced Premier league manager who knows exactly what it takes to get to the magic 40 point mark as soon as possible.
There are probably four teams that he would have wanted to avoid in his first match of the season though and Manchester City is one of them although at least he has the benefit of being at home for the season opener.
West Brom have bought in James Mclean, James Chester and Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert for a combined outlay of around 12 Million and their may well be further additions as PUlis looks to strengthen the squad.
The main focus of attention this evening will be on ex Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling who made it clear to his former employers over the summer that he wanted to leave. It is going to be very interesting to see how his career progresses in a team full of superstars.
The omens are good for Manchester City - the last five seasons have seen the eventual winners commence their League program on a Monday night.
West Bromwich Albion
Possible XI: Myhill, Lescott, McAuley, Chester, Dawson, Brunt, Morrison, Fletcher, Gardner, Lambert, Berahino
Possible XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Navas, Sterling, Aguero
The best bet for this game is to take the 12/1 on offer from Coral that Raheem Sterling scores and Man City win the game