To be played on Saturday 19th October 2013 at 17:30. Venue: Boleyn Ground, London
Manchester City will go into this game looking to get a first away win of the season under their belt against a self-assured West Ham squad.
The Hammers confidence will be sky high after a brilliant 3-0 win against rivals Tottenham before the international break. West Ham have struggled to find the net this season but scoring three times against Spurs will have given their front line a big boost.
Manchester City’s form has been indifferent this season, they have managed to combine comfortable home wins with poor away form that has seen them lose to Aston Villa and Cardiff City.
Expect a tough game but City should have enough quality to overcome West Ham and register their first win outside of Manchester this season.
West Ham will still be without striker Andy Carroll, who is expected back sometime in November, as they continue to try and cope without his presence in the lineup. James Collins will miss the visit of Man City with a hamstring injury .
Meanwhile Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping that his captain and best defender Vincent Kompany can return from injury to face West Ham after limping off during the match against Everton. Jack Rodwell and Martin Demichelis could also be in line for a place in the squad.
Ravel Morrison tops the scoring charts for West Ham so far this season with goals in the league whilst Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure have netted four times for Manchester City.
West Ham’s home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 4 , Goals Against 4
Manchester City’s away record: Played 3, Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 6
West Ham had 39% of the possession in their last match. A 3-0 at Tottenham
Manchester City had 54% of the possession in their last match. A 3-1win at home to Everton
West Ham’s last six games: 1 win, 1 draw, 4 losses
Manchester City’s last six games: 2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss
Five players to watch:
England’s number one had a good showing during the international break and it will be fascinating to see if he can carry that form over to his club side, who desperately need him to find some sort of form if they want to make a run for the title.
City’s top scorer this season has shown flashes of his best but hasn’t been able to replicate this form away from home. He will need to be on top form if he wants to get past the West Ham defence, which under Sam Allardyce will always be difficult to break down.
He has been without question Manchester City’s best player so far this and they will be relying on him to drive the midfield. He got a bit over run in the centre of the park against Bayern Munich but on Saturday he will have more time on the ball, this is where he can be dangerous.
Morrison will be on a high after his last couple of performances for West Ham and for the England U21s. He scored a marvelous solo goat against Tottenham to seal the game and hit the net twice for the U21s in their qualifying game against Lithuania in the week.
Another scorer from the win at White Hart Lane and another player to be full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash. He had an excellent game at centre half for the Hammers, it wasn’t just his goal scoring that caught people’s attention.
Last time they met:
West Ham 0-0 Manchester City – 3rd November 2012, Upton Park
A quite dull game saw both sides share the points at Upton Park. It was a better point for West Ham who were trying survive in their first season back in the Premier League whilst Man City would be disappointed as they were trying to defend the Premier League title.
What is your prediction for the game?