Match Coverage

Manchester City vs. West Ham: Match Preview, Info & Score Prediction

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Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 3 December 2017
Referee: Mike Dean
Kick off: 16:00
UK TV: Sky Sports PL HD

Manchester City battle relegation candidates West Ham at the Etihad this Sunday in a bid to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League and extend an already remarkable winning run to 20 games.

Raheem Sterling has proved himself the saviour in all three of City’s last competitive outings but Pep Guardiola will be hoping for a more assuring scoreline against a defensively shaken side.

David Moyes’ side suffered their 8th defeat out of 14 this season against Everton on Wednesday but the former Manchester United boss will be looking to set up shop and provide a stern test with the return of City legend Pablo Zabaleta.

Will it be another sky blue walkover or will the Hammers find some steel? Here’s all you need to know:

Start time

The Blues will kick off at 4.00pm with television coverage set commence at 3.30pm.

Where can I watch it?

Sky Sports are the designated broadcasters for this one who will begin live coverage half an hour before the match begins.

Alternatively, if your household is devoid of basic television and you don’t have match tickets, then BBC Radio 5 Live will be providing match commentary from kick off.

Or, if you don’t fancy any of that, the City Watch team will be live tweeting throughout with constant updates.

Team News

Manchester City – John Stones (hamstring) and Benjamin Mendy (knee) are the only absentees from a more or less full strength squad to choose from.

Leroy Sané is also available after missing Southampton due to a minor illness.

West Ham – The Hammers are without a flurry of key players heading into their bout at the Etihad, with Javier Hernandez (hamstring), Andy Carroll (knee) and Jose Fonte (ankle) among those set to miss out.

This game would’ve seen the return of another City favourite, Joe Hart, but due to loan rules he is ineligible to come up against the side he once guarded.

Predicted line-ups

Manchester City – Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D.Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sané.

West Ham – Adrian; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Antonio; Ayew.

Form

Manchester City – WWWWWW

West Ham – LDLLDW

Sky Blue Match Stats (courtesy of Opta)

– City have scored in 18 of their last 20 Premier League games versus West Ham, netting in each of their last nine.

– West Ham’s only win at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League came in September 2015 (2-1), which ended City’s then club-record 11 consecutive Premier League wins.

– The Hammers have lost both of their league games played on a Sunday this season, scoring none and conceding six.

Prediction

Manchester City 4-0 West Ham (Aguero x2, Sterling, Sané)

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