Fourth plays second in the Premier League on Sunday, as West Ham United travel to Manchester City and seek to become only the second team this season to score at the Etihad!
Off the back of a thrilling UEFA Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Manchester City entertain fellow high-flyers, West Ham United, at the Etihad this Sunday.
Ahead of this clash, Pep Guardiola’s City are second in the English Premier League (EPL) table on 26 points, 3 behind leaders, Chelsea. The Hammers sit in a creditable fourth, just 3 points behind this weekend’s opponents.
In squad news, both Jack Grealish and Phil Foden are doubtful for City, with the former still carrying a knock and Foden missing the victory over PSG because of an undisclosed issue.
Kevin De Bruyne is also not likely to return from COVID-19 infection just yet, and Ferran Torres is out for the long term. Therefore, Gabriel Jesus will be hoping to earn a recall after playing a role in both of his side’s Champions League goals in midweek.
Aymeric Laporte will also be vying for a recall to the backline over John Stones, while Cole Palmer took to the field from the first whistle in City’s last EPL game, but may not keep his spot this weekend.
As for West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna is the only concern for David Moyes at this moment in time, as the Scot looks set to recall all of his most highly-prized assets to the first XI, starting with Łukasz Fabiański replacing Alphonse Areola in goal.
Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson, and Kurt Zouma should reclaim their places in defence. Meanwhile, Declan Rice displaces Mark Noble in the centre of midfield, to team up with Tomáš Souček.
Michail Antonio was given a complete rest in midweek, now he will be preparing to form the regular attacking line with Saïd Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, and Jarrod Bowen once again.
The visitors’ will definitely have the fresher legs and should give the champions a good run for their money. However, City’s goal threats in all areas of the pitch should help them see off West Ham. Our prediction is 3-1 to the Manchester club, with Guardiola’s men winning both halves.