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.
If you're not slumbering after a Christmas dinner demolition, then read on to find out all the latest January window gossip with Transfer Talk.
Lampard loan extension edges closer
With all three of his senior strikers -- Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic -- out injured, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate for goal scorers, though it looks as if one Christmas wish may have been granted, as the Daily Mirror reports Frank Lampard will extend his loan contract.
MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini revealed he is unhappy that Manchester City have to release Yaya Toure for the African Nations Cup and suggested the midfielder will probably go before their Jan. 10 meeting with Everton.
And while Frank Lampard's loan spell at the Etihad Stadium, which Pellegrini is keen to extend, is due to expire at the end of 2014, the Chilean said the veteran was brought to City partly because they hoped he would be able to provide cover when Toure was away representing Ivory...