Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. West Ham United
Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, April 19th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Manchester City 1/4 – Draw 9/2 – West Ham 11/1
City have lost four of their last six in the league now and last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to rivals Manchester United saw them lose back-to-back league games for the first time since October 2010.
They have won their last three at home though and will expect to beat a West Ham side struggling for any sort of form themselves.Embed from Getty Images
The Hammers have won just one of their last ten in the league and haven’t won away from home in the top flight in 2015.
A trip to Manchester to take on the reigning champions probably won’t improve things for Sam Allardyce’s men, though a win would lift spirits around the club as we approach the end of the season.
Allardyce and Manuel Pellegrini are both under intense pressure at the moment as both look likely to depart this summer and so this game could have serious implications for one of them.Embed from Getty Images
City sit in fourth, just four points above Liverpool going into the weekend and need a win to stay on track for Champions League qualification – an objective many expected to be a formality.
This is West Ham’s final game against a side in the top half of the table but they have not beaten any team in the top ten away from home this year.
They did beat City at home in the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October though and will take confidence from that result going into this one.
Manchester City could be without four men for the game as Wilfried Bony (ankle), Stevan Jovetic (muscular), Dedryck Boyata (muscular) and Vincent Kompany (thigh) are all struggling with injuries. Kompany was substituted with his problem last weekend and is doubtful to return for this one. Samir Nasri could return to the side, while Frank Lampard will be looking to start against his former club.Embed from Getty Images
West Ham look short of attacking options heading into the game as Andy Carroll (knee) and Diafra Sakho (thigh) are both out, and Enner Valencia is a doubt after picking up a knock to his ankle last weekend. James Tomkins is also out with a dislocated shoulder injury but is hoping to return before the end of the season.
Manchester City’s last five: W/L/W/L/L
West Ham’s last five: L/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: West Ham have not beaten City away in a league game since April 2003 – a stretch of 12 years.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: David Silva – The Spanish playmaker has put in consistently good performances this season despite City’s struggles and will look to provide the spark his team desperately need in this one.
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United – City to get back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory against the Hammers. West Ham have already lost away at the other four sides in the top five and things don’t look likely to improve in this one.