City hope for resurgence
Pep Guardiola takes Manchester City to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League this weekend still trying to figure out how to lift the club out of their autumn downturn.
Scintillating over the season's early weeks, which saw them win their first 10 games, they have now gone six matches without victory, culminating in Wednesday's 1-0 League Cup defeat at Manchester United.
While they remain top of the league table on goal difference, City's swashbuckling form has petered out and left-back Gael Clichy hopes their luck changes soon.
"We gave everything and at the moment we are not getting what we deserve," the France international told the City website.
"Lately, the results and the points are not on board. We have to keep working and we're sure we're going to get there.
"If we are a bit more clinical playing forward and more compact as a team, maybe we can do better."
West Brom manager Tony Pulis, famed for his pragmatism is often portrayed in England as the antithesis to the stylish, idealistic Guardiola.
Despite being 13th in the table, West Brom have a better defensive record than Manchester United and Liverpool, and have lost only once at home this season.
"Every game this season, we've been in," said Pulis. "There's not been a game we've not been in and that's testament to the players."
Buoyed by their derby victory over City, United will look to get their league campaign back on track at home to Burnley.
Jose Mourinho's side were battered 4-0 by his former club Chelsea last weekend, but Luke Shaw believes the victory over City, courtesy of Juan Mata's second-half goal, could prove a turning point.
"It was very important," said the England left-back. "We saw Guardiola said it was like a final and to us that is what it felt like. To get the win was massive.
"(It was) a big confidence boost after obviously the disappointing result that we bounced back, got a win and now we need to go on a winning streak."
United go into the weekend in seventh place, six points behind leaders City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
But they are better off than defending champions Leicester City, who sit three points below them in 12th place with just three wins from their opening nine games.
(1400 GMT unless otherwise stated):
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (1630), Manchester United v Burnley, Sunderland v Arsenal (1130), Tottenham v Leicester, West Brom v Manchester City, Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Watford v Hull
Everton v West Ham (1330 GMT), Southampton v Chelsea (1600 GMT)
Stoke v Swansea (2000 GMT)