Match Preview: Manchester City vs West Ham United: Premier League Matchday Fifteen

Match Preview West Ham United

In the Fifteenth round of matches of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, David Moyes’ Hammers travel to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a meeting of two sides that couldn’t be enduring more different circumstances.

The hosts go into the tie off the back of a very late victory indeed over Southampton in midweek, while The Claret & Blue Army make their second Northerly journey in the space of four days, having been humiliated by Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, keeping The Citizens overwhelming favourites.

When?

The clash will take place tomorrow (Sunday 3 December 2017), with a kick-off time of 4:00 PM GMT and Live Television Coverage in The UK being provided by Sports on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Alternatively, you can follow Live Radio Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, or if you can’t get to a TV or Radio Device tomorrow afternoon, you can be sure to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter and find live build-up, updates and reaction from Manchester.

Where?

Blue Moon’s Etihad Stadium will play host to our visit, originally opening in 2002 and recently being redeveloped to house a capacity of just over 25,000, its official name is The City of Manchester Stadium.

Much like our London Stadium, The Ground was originally opened to host Athletics and more specifically the Manchester-held 2002 Commonwealth Games after the City’s 2000 Olympics Bid failed, having been leased and adapted by Manchester City shortly after.

The Etihad has hosted the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and also a range of other Sports whilst in City’s hands, including Boxing and Rugby, whilst featuring as a coveted venue for Concerts.

On our last trip to The Stadium at the beginning of the 2016/2017 campaign, a double from Raheem Sterling and a solitary strike from Fernando ensured that Michail Antonio’s late header was a more constellation with a 3-1 victory.

Team News:

Citizens winger Leroy Sane will return to Guardiola’s Squad after missing out against The Saints with illness, The Manager also confirmed that he has no few injury concerns to worry about.

This means that the home side are only without John Stones due to a hamstring injury and Benjamin Mendy due to his nasty knee knock, both are long-term absentees.

Meanwhile, Moyes stated in his Pre-Match Press Conference, in which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, that forwards Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez remain sidelined.

Meanwhile, Antonio could be back among the starters as Joe Hart misses out due to being ineligible to play against his parent club, Winston Reid is in contention after hobbling off on Merseyside, but he will require a late fitness test.

Form:

The Clubs of Manchester City and West Ham United have met a remarkable 105 times in Competition Football and the overall record makes for unpleasant viewing for any Hammer.

Out of that staggering number of encounters, The Citizens have triumphed on 51 occasions, there have been just 17 draws and 20 more Hammers wins than that figure, with 37.

Additionally, City have dominated this fixture in times more recent and this was epitomised by the last two clashes between the two sides, both being held in Stratford and both finishing with thrashings for the visitors, 0-5 and 0-4 respectively in The FA Cup and The Premier League.

The Citizens have been victorious in nine of the last 11 PL matchup’s, however, one exception to that record came in September 2015, when goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho saw us take the three points home from Manchester in shock circumstances.

The Opposition:

Manchester City Football Club was originally formed in 1894 as Manchester City and 14 years earlier as West Gorton FC and have enjoyed a rollercoaster of a ride ever since then.

The pinnacle of their existence surely came shortly after the wealthy take over by The Abu Dhabi United Group, as Sergio Aguero scored a late winner to clinch a maiden Premier League title at the end of the 2011/2012 campaign.

They also capitalised on a slip from Liverpool to finish top in the 2013/2014 campaign under Manuel Pellegrini, aside from that, they are the holders of two other Top-Flights, five FA Cups, four League Cups and just one European Competition, The UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.

Nowadays, under one of the greatest Managers to grace the game in Pep Guardiola, Blue Moon are absolutely flying having won their last 18 in all Competitions with a nine-point lead at the top of The Table, a victory tomorrow will see them equal a PL record for consecutive wins, with a ground-breaking 13.

Who Is Officiating?

The evergreen experienced Select Group Referee Mike Dean will be the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon, with Simon Long and Daniel Cook playing the roles of his Assistants and fellow Referee Mike Jones the man controlling the heat on the touchline at Fourth Official.

So, with the Etihad scene now well and truly set for an intriguing afternoon of Football, can the home fans be treated to a record-breaking display as the City Train continues to thunder on?

Or, can our Claret & Blue stars deliver the shock of all shocks to climb out of the bottom three and stop The Citizens dead in their tracks? Think you know? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute score predictions and join the Pre-match debate.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.