Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been a long time, but for this season we’re going to be getting back on the whole live-blogging thing, kicking off this evening with the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini threw a spanner in the works of a few of his detractors when it was confirmed that he had signed a new contract extension keeping him at the club, whilst this time last year the West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was licking his wounds after having been sacked barely a couple of days prior to the start of the new season, so at least he can’t have any worse a start to the season than he had last year. First up, though, how about some hot team news action:

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Chester, Dawson, Lescott, Brunt, Morrison, Gardner, Fletcher, McClean, Lambert, Berahino.

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Sterling, Bony.

So, Raheem Sterling makes his league debut for Manchester City, whilst West Bromwich Albion have a curiously retro-sounding first eleven. I’m not going to say “British-sounding” because I don’t much want to incur the wrath of James McClean, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I’ll be back about ten minutes before kick-off – in an act of grandiosity that threatens to border on recklessness, I’m also going to try to stay up to date with a small handful of games being played in the National League South (that’s the Conference South, in old money), whilst my own beloved Enfield Town are playing Hendon in the Ryman League this evening, so you can probably expect a squawk or two about that, as well. Meanwhile, to get you all in the mood, here’s a couple of Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion matches from the archive, as Albion win at Maine Road in February 1980, during one of City’s sporadic crises, and then City exact some sort of revenge by beating them at home on the opening day of the 1981/82 season.

 

 

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