To be played on Sunday 11th May 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Last season: 2-1
Preview & injury news
The Etihad Stadium is preparing for a second title winning party in three years, but Manchester City fans will be hoping it's a lot easier to bear than two years ago when they left it to practically the last kick of the game to win the title on goal difference. This time around they hold a two point lead over Liverpool, along with a superior goal difference, so really a draw should win them the title. However, if they lose it could allow Liverpool to pip them at the post. City have plenty of momentum having hit the 100 goal mark in their last match, and have won their last four Premier League games on the bounce.
It won't be a walkover for Manchester City though as they face a West Ham United side that has had a pretty good second half of the season, and Sam Allardyce has said his side will try and spoil the party in Manchester. He has an ex-Liverpool contingent in his squad, and two of them in the form of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing had a big part to play in their win over Tottenham last weekend. That result meant they hit the 40 point mark and ended a run of four consecutive defeats to confirm their Premier League status for next season.
However, the sides have met three times this season, and the aggregate score is 12-1 to City.
On the injury front, City look as though they will have to finish the job without Sergio Aguero after he limped off shortly after scoring in their 3-2 win away to Everton last weekend. Jesus Navas has an ankle problem whilst Matija Nastasic is struggling with a knee injury. West Ham, however, are only missing the one player in the form of Marco Borriello with a calf problem.
Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:
|Yaya Touré||Man City||MF||20||34||2,841|
|Sergio Agüero||Man City||FW||17||22||1,449|
|Edin Dzeko||Man City||FW||16||30||1,922|
|Kevin Nolan||West Ham||MF||7||32||2,630|
|Carlton Cole||West Ham||FW||6||25||827|
|Mohamed Diamé||West Ham||MF||4||34||2,404|
Their average possession statistic:
|West Ham United||42.43||37|
And the amount of clean sheets they have kept so far this season:
|West Ham United||14||37|
5 players to watch
Yaya Toure - Some City fans will have feared the worst when Toure limped off during the defeat to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago but he has been in irresistible form since his return, and notched up his 20th league goal of the season in the midweek win over Aston Villa. If he is on form, you'd fancy City to finish the job, and the Ivory Coast midfielder is probably a good bet to score the clincher.
Andy Carroll - A lot has been said about Andy Carroll potentially doing his old club Liverpool a favour and one Reds' midfielder has said he'll even text him. Whether or not the striker does his former employers a favour is another matter but it will be interesting to see if the can ruffle a few feathers in the City back line.
Edin Dzeko - Dzeko has, yet again, shown he can come up with the important goals for City in the past week. His brace against Everton was crucial, as was his opener against Aston Villa. He may need to come up with a big goal again this weekend.
Stewart Downing - As well as Carroll, Downing is amongst the ex-Liverpool contingent with West Ham, and he'll be the man that is looking to provide the service to the Hammers' front men as the look to cause a shock at the Etihad Stadium. He's one man City will look to keep quiet.
Vincent Kompany - If Carroll is going to be the focal point of West Ham's play, then the chances are Vincent Kompany is going to relish the contest with him on Sunday afternoon. It will be fascinating to see who comes out on top as it won't be an easy task for either player.
Earlier on in the season
West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City, October 2013
It was Manchester City's first away win of the season against a West Ham side that was struggling during the early stages of the campaign. Sergio Aguero put the visitors ahead in the 16th minute after he was sent clean through on goal, and he doubled their lead just after the half-time break when he headed home from a David Silva free-kick. There was some hope for the home side when Ricardo Vaz Te overhead kick just before the hour mark as the visitors looked under threat. But City managed to find a decisive third goal ten minutes from time when Silva curled home from Aguero's back-heel.