Manchester City will lock horns with West Ham on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium where both teams will be searching for 3 points to bag and wait for their next matches respectively.
Pep Guardiola guided the Citizens to a 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, their 19th victory in a row in all competitions while David Moyes’ side enjoyed a sweet victory against Tottenham Hotspurs last week by defeating them 2 goals to 1.
West Ham’s unlikely Champions League push meets its biggest test as the Hammers face Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s side on a 19-game winning run in all competitions.
Manchester City picked up their 24th competitive clean sheet of the season during midweek – a number unparalleled across Europe’s top five leagues ahead of this weekend – and look in great shape to increase their ten-point lead atop the Premier League (PL) table by extending a 17-game unbeaten top-flight run (W15, D2). The division’s best defense has now conceded an average of just 0.6 goals per game this term, being breached just three times before the 30th minute.
Formidable opponents at the Etihad, City haven’t conceded here in six league matches (W6) or lost a home league game since late September (W9, D2). Meanwhile, no team can better City’s average of 7.75 corners per PL home match, and no side has won both halves more times at home (33.33%).
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Now they welcome the season’s surprise package in West Ham United, who start the round in fourth place following a four-match unbeaten league run (W3, D1). In fact, only City can boast a better ten-game record than theirs (W7, D2, L1) and their fighting qualities have been to the fore as they’ve won a PL-high nine league games via a one-goal margin.
Although the ‘Hammers’ are unbeaten in five PL away games (W3, D2), they’ve lost their last four league visits here, although never by more than a two-goal margin. More encouragingly, only Manchester United have rescued more away league points after conceding first this term than their seven.
Players to watch: City’s fit-again Sergio Agüero will relish the chance to add to his eight previous league goals against West Ham, for whom Jesse Lingard has made a huge impact since signing on loan in January, netting three PL goals in four appearances, each coming after HT.
Hot stat: Having just snapped a 16-match winless run against José Mourinho, David Moyes now bids to end a similar record against another managerial giant in Pep Guardiola (D2, L6).
West Ham 1 : 1 Manchester City
Manchester City 2 : 0 West Ham
West Ham 0 : 5 Manchester City
Manchester City 4 : 1 West Ham
Manchester City 1 : 0 West Ham
Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernado, Foden, Aguero.
Predicted XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Diop, Dawson, Cresswell; Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Johnson; Bowen, Lingard, Antonio
Saturday 12.30pm, BT Sport
Venue: The Etihad
Referee: Michael Oliver