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"There wasn't much we could do in the [League Cup] semi-finals due to injuries at that time," said Sam Allardyce ahead of today’s game. "They're a fabulous side, but if we're going to get anything from them it's now, while we're in form. As well as them coming back from a Champions League away game."
- West Ham have won once in last 18 matches against Man City
- City thrashed West Ham 9-0 (agg) in League Cup last season
- West Ham have scored just two goals in last six meetings
More from Harry Sherlock: “West Ham, emboldened by their early-season form, go two-up, with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho tasked with scoring the goals that will cause an upset. Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing will look to provide the ammunition for the strikers to fire, while City go with their strongest possible XI. That means Sergio Aguero - who has scored five goals in two games - starts, along with Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas.”
Harry Sherlock reports: “City have yet to truly kick into gear and lie second - five points behind leaders Chelsea. Despite their 4-1 win over Tottenham last weekend, City faltered in Europe and threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with CSKA Moscow in midweek. They can afford no such slip-up today.”
West Ham have scored a very impressive 15 goals in their eight matches so far, conceding 11, and will move just a point behind second-placed Manchester City with a victory today. City let a two-goal lead slip in the Champions League in midweek but have won three on the bounce domestically and now have the chance to move to within two points of Chelsea.
In full: Premier League table
Harry Sherlock checks in: "Hello and welcome to Upton Park for Saturday’s early kick-off between West Ham and Manchester City. It has been years since a top-four clash graced the Boleyn Ground, but here we are, with the Hammers above Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in the fledgling Premier League table."
Big Sam has promised to bring attacking football to West Ham this season - and he ain’t kidding. He’s gone for a diamond in midfield and two up top again today. As for Manchester City, the out-of-form Yaya Toure keeps his place and Sergio Aguero is joined by Edin Dzeko in attack.
West Ham: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Reid, Cresswell; Song; Amalfitano, Noble, Downing; Valencia, Sakho. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Kouyate, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Poyet, Cole, Nolan.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy; Navas, Toure, Fernando, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Demichelis, Sagna, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Milner.
Out. Of. Form. Swansea were flying high after winning their first three games of the season but they’ve since picked up just two points from a possible 15. It’s a similar story for Leicester; they haven’t won since smashing five past Manchester United.
Preview: Swansea v Leicester
West Brom - and man-of-the-moment Saido Berahino - were mightily impressive against Manchester United on Monday but had to settle for a 2-2 draw after a late Daley Blind equaliser. As for Crystal Palace, their form picked up just before the international break but they’ve since lost two on the trot.
Preview: West Brom v Crystal Palace
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Preview: Southampton v Stoke
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"We have to win at Sunderland - I cannot deny that," said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in his pre-match press conference. "I believe it is linked with confidence at the moment but I cannot fault the attitude."
Wenger laments lack of confidence
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Wenger: Invincibles ended by referee
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Preview: Sunderland v Arsenal
Don't forget to change your teams! Most deadlines are up in approximately 25 minutes, so no excuses! Strikers in form: Sergio Aguero, Graziano Pelle, Saido Berahino. Get them in! Diego Costa = injured.
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