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Tom Maston reports: “Like their hosts, Hull have also made three changes, though they are enforced after a spate of injuries on Humberside. Steve Harper is replaced in goal by third-choice Eldin Jakupovic while Alex Bruce comes in for Michael Dawson. Andrew Robertson, who has impressed since his summer arrival, is also missing, meaning Robbie Brady starts at left wing-back. Abel Hernandez leads the line on his own with Hatem Ben Arfa tucked in behind as support.”
Matthew Sherry reports from the Stadium of Light: “Arsenal have also been handed a major boost with the news Theo Walcott, who has been sidelined for the last nine months with a cruciate ligament injury, is fit enough to take his place on the bench. His return will certainly be a welcome one for Wenger as we head towards the busy winter months.”
It’s all Manchester City now and West Ham have 10 minutes to cling on. City get players forward in numbers and the hosts can only clear as far as Yaya Toure... who blazes well, well, well over from 30 yards. A waste.
6 - Diafra Sakho is the first West Ham United player to score in six successive Premier League appearances. Superstar.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 25, 2014
GOAL: That is just magic. David Silva collects the ball on the edge of the area, beats one and curls home an unstoppable effort. Silva has been City’s best player today and that is just a brilliant goal. Two-one, and on come Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner for Gael Clichy and Fernando.
GOAL: Upton Park has erupted! Thanks to goal-line technology, West Ham are 2-0 up! Moments after Yaya Toure thumps one against the bar, a cross comes in from the left flank and Diafra Sakho heads over the line, despite Joe Hart’s best efforts to claw the ball out. West Ham are 2-0 up and, on this form, will fancy scoring again. Unbelievable.
Matthew Sherry reports: “Arsene Wenger has made three switches from midweek, Wojciech Szczesny returning in goal having been suspended amid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta being given starts. Jack Wilshere misses out through suspension, while Emiliano Martinez and Aaron Ramsey are among the substitutes.”
Harry Sherlock reports from Upton Park: “Manchester City are on the ropes! West Ham are putting together some flowing moves and Diafra Sakho puts an effort only just over the bar following brilliant interplay between Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate. If you’d never seen football before, you’d peg West Ham as the champions and Manchester City as the mid-table also-rans.”
Matthew Sherry reports from the Stadium of Light: “The big news from the north-east is that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes, with Adam Johnson and Jack Rodwell coming in for Jordi Gomez and Connor Wickham. Anthony Reveillere, recruited this week on a free transfer, takes his place on the bench.”
Tom Maston reports: “Despite his shirt-swapping antics and lack of a penetrative performance since his arrival at Anfield, Mario Balotelli is again entrusted to lead the line by Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool boss makes three changes from the defeat against Real Madrid, including leaving Jordan Henderson out of his XI for the first time this season. Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho are also on the bench.”
Southampton: Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand; Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis; Tadic, Pelle, Mane. Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Long, Wanyama, Mayuka, Reed.
Stoke: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Cameron, Nzonzi; Walters, Adam, Moses; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Diouf, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan.
Harry Sherlock reports: “How are City not level?! The ball comes in from the right flank to the poised Sergio Aguero, who hits the bar from four yards out! Adrian has been superb today but that is a lucky escape for the Spaniard.”
Sunderland: Mannone; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Buckley, Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson; Fletcher. Subs: Bridcutt, Wickham, Gomez, Reveillere, Altidore, Mavrias, Pantilimon.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis; Welbeck. Subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Ramsey, Campbell, Rosicky, Walcott, Podolski.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard, Can, Allen; Sterling, Balotelli, Lallana. Subs: Jones, Toure, Johnson, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Lambert.
Hull City: Jakupovic; Bruce, Chester, Davies; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Diame, Brady; Ben Arfa; Hernandez. Subs: Watson, Rosenior, Meyler, McShane, Aluko, Ramirez, Quinn.
West Brom: Foster; Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Pocognoli; Brunt, Gardner, Dorrans, Morrison; Sessegnon; Berahino. Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Mulumbu, Blanco, Anichebe, Ideye.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Mariappa, Hangeland, Ward; Jedinak, Ledley; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Chamakh. Subs: Hennessey, Fryers, Guedioura, Bannan,Puncheon, Doyle, Gayle.
Harry Sherlock reports from Upton Park: “Stevan Jovetic is on for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini will hope he can inject some life into what has been a dour, uninspired display so far. Edin Dzeko, who is heading off, has typified the champions’ performance - the striker having made no tangible mark on the game”
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The latest craze to hit association football is on show at Upton Park. A chance looks to be gone for West Ham until Alex Song does his best impression of Erik Lamela to turn the ball back into a crowded Manchester City area. They can’t get it clear and the ball falls for Stewart Downing, who flashes a shot wide of goal.
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