|Phil Foden will be the center of attraction when the Hammers visit the Etihad on Sunday. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Manchester City vs WesthamEtihad3:00pm
Manchester City fell behind Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Southampton 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday, they must do their business against the Hammers on Sunday to return to second spot.
Arsenal are now level on points with Westham after beating Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, a loss to the champions will heap pressure on them with the Gunners breathing down their necks.
Manchester City won’t take the Hammers lightly after seeing how David Moyes’ side ended Liverpool’s unbeaten run just before the last international break, while it’s a public knowledge that no two games are the same, the Cityzens can’t be complacent on Sunday.
Both teams flew past their respective opponents in Europe in midweek with City’s win over PSG topping the bunch of the champions league games, the rejuvenation of Raheem Sterling and the form of Phil Foden are classic pointers to the strength of Pep Guardiola’s side, how will Westham handle them?
The Hammers don’t need big names to spring surprises, they just have willing runners and dedicated individuals, they must be worried at the form of Mikhail Antonio and Said Benrahma, both have stopped scoring but Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen have stepped up in their respective places.
How will City approach this? It’s imperative for them to keep things simple and not overanalyze things as always, they will continue their possession based high pressing and neat passes, with Bernardo Silva as the driver, but can they afford to leave spaces behind?
There is nothing stopping Westham from dreaming here as a win will take them level on points with the champions, that’s enough incentives for them to want a win at the Etihad, something they don’t experience often in recent years.
For all its worth, Westham was the last to laugh between this two on head to head as the Hammers ended City’s Carabao Cup run albeit on penalties, but they haven’t beaten the Champions in the league for a while, not even at the Etihad in a very long while.
With a win here, City will go back to second and hope United get something against Chelsea to keep it a buck in the title race.