Manchester City will be looking to finish in the top three places of the Premier league in order to qualify for the Champions League without any unwanted qualification games.
Reaching the group stages directly will help the club plan for next season. After having managed only three wins in the last five league matches, City are on 72 points. They trail Liverpool by just one point, but the Manchester outfit have the opportunity to leapfrog the Merseyside club by managing to win the game in hand against West Brom. This match will take place in the midweek followed by the final match of the season against Watford.
The game against West Brom will be the final home match of the season, but Pep Guardiola says that he is extremely wary of the opponents. Despite having nothing to play for, West Brom showed a lot of fighting spirit in the recent game against Chelsea. The blues had to work for their 1-0 win, which ultimately landed them the Premier League title.
Guardiola expects a tough game from West Brom once again. He says that the presence of Tony Pulis makes the opposition a tough contender. In recent years, Guardiola has struggled against teams with a physical approach and West Brom have had a tendency of scoring a lot of goals from set pieces.
“They are professionals, they will play to win. Tony Pulis’ teams don’t play thinking it doesn’t matter. It’s a real final for us, and we are going to be ready. Our game tomorrow (Tuesday) is a final and next Sunday is a final. We played two finals against Crystal Palace and Leicester, we have two more and hopefully the players are focused and committed,” said Guardiola, whose team will have to win the remaining two matches in order to finish in the top three.