Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Man City v West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday; kick off at 2 p.m.
City will give fitness tests to midfielders Jack Grealish and Phil Foden. The England pair were both sidelined with punches, with Grealish missing since the international break and Foden missing Wednesday’s win over Paris St Germain.
Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is still out with coronavirus, while winger-turned striker Ferran Torres (foot) could be out until the New Year.
West Ham boss David Moyes made eight changes to the squad for Thursday night’s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna, so he should recall his regulars at the Etihad Stadium.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, England midfielder Declan Rice and striker Michail Antonio were among those resting, but all are expected to be back.
The Irons remain without defender Angelo Ogbonna, who begins his rehabilitation after a long knee injury.
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Jones Knows Prediction
For a team that have already beaten Liverpool and Man City (on penalties) this season, 9/1 with Sky Bet on an away win seems a bit generous here.
The Hammers are perfectly set up to cause problems for City with their quick ability to counterattack and get behind defenses. Tottenham, Southampton and Crystal Palace have all implemented this strategy this season against City and came away with a positive result. And, let’s be honest, West Ham is one step ahead of these three teams in terms of points accumulated over the past two seasons.
Am I brave enough to get involved? That’s if I can forgive the Hammers for stinking the place out of Wolves last weekend. Michail Antonio and Declan Rice looked leggy and the usual energetic supports behind the striker lacked their usual creative spark.
There is also the Man City factor to consider. They purred like a Ferrari on Wednesday against PSG.
If they can restrict Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi to an expected goals total of 0.78, what chance do Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals have?
The answer is: I am not brave enough. City to border it.
SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1
- Manchester City have won nine of their 10 Premier League appearances against West Ham under Pep Guardiola (D1), scoring 28 goals and conceding just five in those matches.
- West Ham have won just one of their last 15 Premier League away games against Man City (D1 L13), winning 2-1 in September 2015 under Slaven Bilic.
- After scoring in 20 consecutive encounters with West Ham in all competitions, Manchester City drew 0-0 with the Hammers in their last League Cup meeting in October, before being eliminated on penalties.
- West Ham took just five of the 75 available points in the Premier League away games against the defending champions (W1 D2 L22), with their only victory at Manchester United in December 2001.
- Manchester City have kept their clean sheet in six of their last seven home games in the Premier League (V5 D1 L1), except for a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace last month.
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