Manchester City Match Preview

After cementing their place in the next stage of the UEFA Europa League by winning Group H on Thursday, West Ham United will try to avoid suffering back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. They are on the road again this time heading to The Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City this afternoon.

The Hammers have already beaten the Citizens in the Carabao Cup this season and Josep Guardiola’s men will want to make up for that occasion and will attempt to inflict another defeat on them in Manchester, as the Irons have failed to notch up a top-flight success on this ground since the 2015/16 campaign.

Both sides were involved in European competition this week and the home side may have a slight advantage, as they have one extra day to prepare. The heavy fixture congestion continues for these two as this coming week sees the first midweek Premier League fixture programme of the season.

West Ham will want to atone for defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux eight days ago but are likely to find this encounter a tough one in order to bounce back in but having said that, they have achieved home victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in recent weeks so they just might come up with something special.

Names such as Łukasz Fabiański, Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals, Saïd Benrahma and Michail Antonio are all set to regain their places, while Vladimír Coufal could come in for Ben Johnson after starting against SK Rapid Vienna three days ago.

Moyes could change formation and partner Antonio with either Andriy Yarmolenko or Nikola Vlašić upfront.

The match is a 2pm kick-off and the referee is Michael Oliver.