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West Ham Utd v Manchester City - 2.15pm Sun 29th April 2018 - Preview and Match Day Thread

Skoorb

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Preview

Having set the City train firmly back on the rails with two consecutive wins Pep and his squad travel south again this weekend to face relegation-threatened West Ham at the London Stadium.

Last weekend’s emphatic victory over Swansea dispelled any doubts that the City players already had their heads on the beach thinking about drinks with tiny umbrellas in them. As Guardiola promised it was business as usual, paying due respect to their opponents and the competition.

No free hits from City just because the title was in the bag.

David Moyes has guided the Hammers into 15th place and the periphery of the relegation danger area but their current total of 35 points still leaves within the grasp of the dreaded drop zone. Only 6 points clear of 18th placed Southampton, Moyes will be on the horns of a dilemma - will trying to hold out for a single point be enough or should he throw caution the wind and go for it?

I think my eggs will be in the ‘hold on as long as we can and try and nick a goal’ basket. It nearly worked at the Etihad where they went into the dressing room at halftime having secured a 0-1 lead just before it was time for the oranges. So I suspect Guardiola will send out his selected XI to solve yet another ‘how to prise open the deep-lying defence’ problem yet again. It is something they should be used to by now and I am sure that the squad will be up for the challenge as they pursue the targets of the highest points tally and most goals scored in the Premier League.

City’s record against West Ham in all competitions including friendlies is pretty decent recently - W5 D1 in the last six meetings. The Hamer’s home form hasn’t been catastrophic - they have only lost one fixture at home since the turn of the year (P8 W4 D3 L1) but more recently they have won only one of their last seven league fixtures and were on the end of a 4-1 thumping from Arsenal last weekend.

After his reintroduction to first-team action, I expect we may see more game time for Benjamin Mendy this weekend. It was great to see him back against Swansea even though he appeared understandably rusty. There is no substitute for competitive matches and the only question will be whether he starts or is introduced once again later in the game. I suspect the latter on this occasion - it remains early days and there is little point in rushing. Fernandinho will be available to resume his post in front of the back four and as the fulcrum of the team with Gundogan taking his slot on the bench.

A return for the PFA Young Player of the Year, Leroy Sané could be on the cards, along with Kyle Walker after they were rested last weekend. On the cusp of his snub for the PFA award later that evening, Kevin De Bruyne simply went about his business on the pitch and let his feet do the talking with a sublime strike for City's third goal against Swansea. I think it was the sweetest strike I have seen by a City player since Elano scored his first goal for City back in 2007 with an Exocet of a free kick against Newcastle from, ironically, around about the same spot on the pitch. Outstanding - it literally had me out of my seat.

Team News

West Ham will be without Antonio, Obiang, Winston ‘viciously assaulted by Aguero’ Reid and Byram. Defender James Collins could return after a hamstring injury. Joe Hart will be unavailable to play against his parent (soon to be ex-) club.

City welcome back Fernandinho after his suspension but Stones will be absent with a groin/pelvic problem and Aguero is ruled out after his knee surgery.

Possible City XI & subs

Ederson

Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva D

Sterling, G Jesus, Sané

Subs

Bravo, Kompany, Danilo, Mendy, Silva B, Gundogan, Foden

Officials

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Marc Perry
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Pep will have reinforced the message after last weekend’s victory over Swansea that there remains work to do and he will demand the same commitment and drive from his team when they step out onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon. He wants those records badly. Stung by the nature of the derailment in the Champions League and the disappointing derby defeat, Pep Guardiola is looking to drive home the domination that City have produced in the league.

He wants this title win to be emphatic and for it not to be underplayed by the critics because it fizzles out - he will want to end the season on a high.

He is not alone.

Come on City!!!
 
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An Excellent preview - You should get paid for doing them!!!:eek!:

If I was Moyes, I would be thinking about a point but are clubs able defend for a whole game, some, have managed it, but not that often and Moyes may well be looking at his remaining fixtures, but even that looks bleak, With Stretford, Leicester and Everton on the menu.
So his best option is to hope that the Clubs below him lose points.


Pep has indeed instilled in the players that the season is not over, they were embarrassed by Stretford having played them off the park and Liverpool together with Stretford had the help of the Referee had the rub of the green, but the second half of the Derby was a surprise to all City fans and Pep understandably has put that to bed.

team selection is in sentimental mode and Pep Guardiola will want Yaya Touré to leave with a medal, like Skoorb, I do not think Ben Mendy will start but will play at some stage during the game as will Phil Foden.

I do not like the Otamendi Laporte combination and I think Kompany will play and I am not sure how many games Aymeric Laporte needs to get himself a medal and we could see Otamendi once again on the substitutes bench.

I do hope it will be an entertaining match and not an attack against the defence, but City are still on the trail of records and a 5 goal haul will do very nicely.

Ederson
Walker Kompany Laporte Delph
Fernandiho Silva De Bruyne Sterling Sané
Jesus

Bench
Bravo, Otamendi, Touré, Foden, Gundogan, Mendy, Bernardo


to get the players who need appearances, I have gambled and left out Danilo, purely on the grounds that I don't think there will be mass attacks from West Ham.
 

Skoorb

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Could be a good call with the Toure/Danilo swap.

I am sure Yaya could have gotten more games had he 'seen the light' earlier. He wasn't on the pitch long last weekend but he showed what he is capable of and also didn't dawdle on the ball like he had a tendency to do. Shame. He can still pick a pass.
 

johnkelv

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The Hammers have been hot and cold all season. Moyes will play for a point and try to score on the counter. We have the ammo to put them to the sword. 1-3 should do it.
 
#14
I beleive Mendy will start a game before the end of the season, I just don’t think it will be tomorrow. Perhaps against Brighton for 60 minutes or so and the aim being a full 90 vs Southampton perhaps
 
#17
It is not as though we need David for these last few games although I am sure he will be back for the Huddersfield game when the medals are handed out. In will come Bernardo to replace David Silva and Danilo is back on the bench having been left out by me. lol
 
#20
On the road between Cambridge and Paris this afternoon so will check in when I can. Only gonna be one winner today if everyone is up for the 100 club again and the ref keeps up with play. 0-3 City