Manchester City takes on West Ham in Premier League this Wednesday night, 01 February 2017 at the London’s Olympic Park in what should be a cracking game. City current sit 5th in the table with 43 points, 2 behind 4th placed Liverpool and 2 ahead of Manchester United. They are in a top 4 battle and this is the kind of game they can not afford to drop points. Hammers on the other hand will start life without Payet who got his transfer to France and Slaven Bilic will be hoping to continue good run of form in the league.
West Ham 0-4 Manchester City Highlights
[ English premier league 2017 Match ]
17′ 0 – 1 Kevin de Bruyne scores the opening goal inside first 17th minute to make it 1-0 for City.
21′ 0 – 2 David Silva was at it as well minutes later making it 2-0 and put City in commanding position.
39′ 0 – 3 Gabriel Jesus who was preferred ahead of Aguero scored his first City goal to make it 3-0.
67′ 0 – 4 Yaya Toure
Match Highlights (English)
Preview & Team News: West Ham has lost 4 of the 11 home matches so far in the premier league and they won 5. at home. After a difficult start to life at new stadium, slowly they are getting use to playing at Olympic Park and City will find it hard to beat this resilient West Ham side this time around. Both have already meet twice this season where City secured comfortable wins 3-1 in league and 5-0 in FA Cup third round.
Manchester City has dominated both of the games player between the two so far this season. They absolute hammered West Ham in FA Cup third round tie earlier this month while the league game between the two ended in 3-1 win for City at Etihad Stadium back in August. Another win for City might enable them to overtake Liverpool who play Chelsea on tuesday night.
However things have changed now as City are under pressure to get results while after a good run of form, West Ham are not looking increasingly threatening which made them a menace for bigger teams last season. Lanzini and Carrol to start upfront with packed midfield to counter City’s possession play.
This is how I expect both teams to lienup on Wednesday night.
Predictions: This is a potential banana skin for City, having won 5 out of 5 league games so far law of average and West Ham’s surprising away form might catch up with City leaving them dropping points in this fixture. City usually struggle following midweek action and this match has all the ingrediants where City used to drop points in last couple of seasons. But if they have improved since last season getting three points against West Ham will settle the claim. Although I am going with share of the spoils with a 1-1 scoreline.
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham United Highlights
[ Premier League 2015-16 Season ]
06′ 0 – 1 Victor Moses
31′ 0 – 2 Diafra Sakho
45′ 1 – 2 Kevin de Bruyne