Premier League Matchweek 6: West Ham vs Manchester City - Match preview, betting tips and predictions
|Back and firing! Sergio Aguero celebrates Raheem Sterling's goal against Arsenal last weekend. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
West Ham vs Man City
Manchester City have a game at hand, but they lie in 11th, two places behind West Ham and that again would feel strange.
West Ham did the improbable last weekend, coming back from three goals down to earn a point against Tottenham away from home.
The hammers in the course of 90minutes showed how not to start a game and exactly how to close a game, failing to pick passes at the early stages and freeing up acres of space for Spurs’ danger men to operate.
Manuel Lanzini’s sensational screamer landed ferociously at the top right corner, leaving every Spurs player on the turf, in tears and agony of missed chances and questions around the manager’s game plan.
But can they afford to go three down against City and hope to bounce back? How will they line up against Manchester City at the Etihad?
🗞 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 23, 2020
Haller: "He's trained so we're expecting him to be available as well this weekend"
Benrahma: "Doing well. He needs to get up to speed of what we want and where we're at, but the way the players are playing has allowed me to take a little more time with him"
Manchester City went past Arsenal last weekend and came out unscathed, it was too easy in the first half and they managed the game very well in the second half.
But it’s been proven times and times over and over that any team that takes the game to the Citizens always ruffle their pretty feathers and the continued absence of Kevin De Bryune means Phil Foden and Bernado Silva will stand in.
Fresh injury news broke into the City ranks on Wednesday after their Champions league victory over Porto.
PEP 💬 (On injured @fernandinho) A leader can be on and off the pitch. He can help us in different ways. The results were more optimistic so hopefully it will be shorter than one month. That's good for us. Being tough is good.— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 23, 2020
Fernandinho will not be available for the trip to the London Stadium, he started from the bench in the past few league games as Pep Guardiola seeks an exit plan for the long serving servant.
Does this offer any hope to David Moyes and the Hammers?
Defensive frailties still trail the Citizens, the few times they were tested by Arsenal, they needed Ederson to be at his best to keep their clean sheet.
Michail Antonio will be bullish and rampaging, he will draw fouls and earn free kicks in dangerous areas, but at the other end, can Aaron Cresswell stop Riyad Mahrez?
Sergio Aguero is back and firing after scoring in Europe, can Balbuena and Ogbonna stop him?