The Citizens are now ten points clear from Manchester United and seeking to seal the title as early as possible so that they can focus on the Champions League. This weekend, they will be welcoming The Hammers which has been in-form this season and ready to race for one spot in UCL. They are now sitting on the fourth with 45 points in hand.
The teams’ previous games
Manchester City managed to secure their 18th win of the season after thumping Arsenal 1-0 in London last weekend. A single header from Raheem Sterling did make the difference in that tight affair.
West Ham also picked up an important 2-1 win against Tottenham in their last outing. Michael Antonio bagged the first goal followed by Manchester United outcast, Jesse Lindgard’s goal on 47th minute. Spurs only responded one by Lucas Moura.
Pep Guardiola should have no difficulty in deploying his favourite 4-3-3 formation. The whole players in the squad, except Nathan Ake, are physically fit and in good confidence. Whoever features up front, Raheem Sterling, Gabi Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva or Phil Foden, can play as the inverted winger, false nine or playing out wide when necessary.
David Moyes might be opting for 4-4-1-1 or 4-3-2-1 in this fixture. Marc Antonio is the main man at the front with Said Benrahma and Jarred Bowen on both sides. The arrival of Jesse Lindgard really boosts their confidence and provides more option for Moyes in his tactics. The former Manchester United man could occupy the number ten role as well as wingers or false nine.
Players to watch
IIkay Gundogan has been the new anchorman during Kevin de Bruyne’s absence. The former Dortmund man can provide the support for creating space, scoring and building up the attack plus being the first layer of the defence line to win the ball in the midfield. This season he has scored thirteen goals and made one assist in Premier League and Champions league. What a performance for a defensive midfielder.
In West Ham this season, Moyes has a similar figure, a defensive midfielder top scorer. The Czech international Tomas Soucek has been one of the deadly scorers in set pieces scenario. He has netted eight goals this season. Some other notable names to watch are Michael Antonio who has registered six goals and three assists and Jesse Lingard who has notched up three goals in four matches only.
Manchester City vs West Ham Prediction
David Moyes’ men might be finding it difficult to snatch a point here but nothing is impossible. Raheem Sterling and Co often stumble against the team which relied on counter attack and layered defensive wall, though such seems to be not as frequent as in the previous seasons. Manchester City will come out as a winner eventually though only with a one goal difference.
This encounter can be tricky for the league leader. Pep Guardiola’s side are priced to win at 5/18, whereas Michael Antonio and Co’s win market is at 13/1. The odds for the draw result are at 6/1.