Manchester City v West Ham United

26 Aug

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has 19 goals in his last 18 league games

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says new signing Claudio Bravo will not make his debut on Sunday, so Willy Caballero is likely to start in goal.

Striker Kelechi Iheanacho is available despite an injury scare in their midweek Champions League play-off tie.

West Ham’s Mark Noble should be fit despite missing Thursday’s defeat by Astra but Havard Nordtveit is likely to miss out with a foot injury.

Fellow midfielders Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini will be assessed.


Guy Mowbray: “To misquote Monty Python – what have the Romanians ever done for us?

“Well, Steaua Bucharest have given Manchester City two nice easy training games to hone their playing style under Pep Guardiola.

“Wednesday’s 1-0 win was achieved with ease. It was practically an impromptu testimonial match for Joe Hart.

“A day later it was a very different story, as Astra made West Ham’s star fall with a win at the London Stadium that did for the Hammers’ European hopes. Slaven Bilic was right to be “angry and frustrated”.

“With some big players out and less time to prepare, it would be an even bigger surprise than last year’s first win at City in 11 visits if his team does it again.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on being drawn to play Barcelona in the Champions League: “I cannot deny this was special for me. I grew up in Catalonia. I was 13 years old when I went to their academy and promoted to a professional player and trainer.

“I spent most of my life there. I know the people there, most of the players are still there. The emotion is there.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “We are all disappointed because it was a big blow [going out of Europe].

“But we have to pick ourselves up and show character and quality. It wasn’t very likely for us to win there last season as Manchester City had started great with five wins, 15 points and no goals conceded.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it again this season.”


I fancy City to win this one. West Ham have been hit by a few injuries and were pretty ordinary for long spells against Bournemouth last week, although the most important thing for them was winning the game.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Manchester City have only won one of their last four league games against West Ham (D1, L2).
  • The Hammers won this fixture 2-1 last season – claiming their first league victory at City since 2003.

Manchester City

  • Defeat would be Manchester City’s 250th loss in the Premier League.
  • Sergio Aguero has 19 goals in his last 18 league games.
  • He has been involved in eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches against West Ham (six goals, two assists).
  • Kevin de Bruyne has 14 assists in all competitions since debuting for Manchester City, four more than any other player at the club.
  • Pep Guardiola has lost only eight of his 128 top-flight home league matches as a manager, winning 110 and drawing 10 (a win ratio of 86%).

West Ham United

  • The Hammers claimed 30 points last term against the sides who ended in the top half of the table (W8, D6, L4) – more than any other club.
  • Michail Antonio has scored seven headed goals in the Premier League since the start of 2015-16, a joint-high with Olivier Giroud (prior to this weekend’s games).
  • They have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – the longest such current run in the top flight.

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