A match of vivid contrasts awaits us at The Hawthorns on Dec. 26, as second-placed Manchester City -- on the crest of a wave with eight consecutive victories behind them in November and December -- play in the home of a bedraggled-looking West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom's manager, Alan Irvine, is facing growing criticism due to recent results. He's similar to the type of coaches to lead the West Midlands side in recent years -- grateful for the chance to coach at a higher level, somewhat untried...
With the Premier League season edging towards its half-way point, who has starred for Manchester City and will the champions retain their crown? Here's a look at how Manuel Pellegrini's men have fared so far.
Season So Far -- In A Sentence
It's been a strange campaign so far, with mixed form and a sudden lack of depth up front, but on the whole the feeling has been positive, with the club sitting in second and into the knockout phase of the Champions League.
West Brom boss Alan Irvine is relying on the Boxing Day visit of Manchester City to wash away the bad taste left by capitulation at QPR.
Manuel Pellegrini's big guns come to the Hawthorns on Friday, nearly a week after Albion's "extremely galling" 3-2 loss at Loftus Road.
Irvine's side had led 2-0 and were playing well when they somehow let Harry Redknapp's team turn the game on its head as Charlie Austin's hat-trick stole all three points.
The Scot is relishing the scrap with second-placed City - but...
As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?
Premier League Report Card
2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence
5. Surprise Star
6. Must Do Better
7. Great Expectations
Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.