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January 22, 2014 3:45 AM SGT
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 14390‎
Negredo 3′
Negredo 59′

West Ham - Manchester City Preview: Hosts face impossible task

Sam Allardyce's side will be hoping for a miracle in their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg after losing to Manuel Pellegrini's team 6-0 in the first encounter

By John Train

Sam Allardyce and Manuel Pellegrini
West Ham would appear to face mission impossible as they aim to overhaul a 6-0 deficit against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

City's thumping first-leg win, which featured a hat-trick from Alvaro Negredo, two Edin Dzeko goals and one from Yaya Toure, has ensured the return meeting at Upton Park is likely to be little more than a formality.

In Manuel Pellegrini's first season at the helm, City have racked up 103 goals in all competitions and go into Tuesday's game in supreme form, boasting 15 wins from a 17-match unbeaten run.

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It would take a miracle of epic proportions for Sam Allardyce's Premier League strugglers to turn the tie around and history is not on their side.

West Ham have not defeated City in any competition since a 1-0 win at Upton Park in 2009, which represents their only triumph in the last 16 meetings between the two sides.

Even an unlikely repeat of West Ham's biggest win over City - a 6-1 scoreline achieved twice in the 1962-63 season - would not be enough to see the London club, who have never won the Capital One Cup, through to their third final.

City are two-time winners of the competition, in 1970 and 1976, and are seeking to reach the final for the fourth time.

West Ham will be able to call on the services of captain Kevin Nolan, who has completed a four-match ban following his red card at Fulham on New Year's Day.

James Tomkins is also back from a one-match suspension for his dismissal at Cardiff City, but Allardyce still has a defensive headache.

The Hammers boss had to play Matt Taylor at right-back in Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Newcastle United, which saw the club slump back into the relegation zone, because of an injury to George McCartney in the warm-up.

With Guy Demel and Winston Reid still missing, Allardyce's back four will have an unfamiliar look to it, and a visit from free-scoring City is likely to be the last thing the West Ham boss wants.

The home fans will be buoyed by the sight of a fit-again Andy Carroll, who has made appearances off the bench in the last two games and could start on Tuesday.

Pellegrini, meanwhile, has been able to bring Sergio Aguero back into the fold after a four-week lay-off, and the Argentinian has marked his return from a calf problem by coming on as a substitute to score in successive games.

Samir Nasri is definitely out for City, who occupy third spot in the Premier League, after sustaining a knee injury at Newcastle last week.

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Available Squads
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
26R. RaţDefender
14Roger JohnsonDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
14Matthew TaylorMidfielder
49Ravel MorrisonMidfielder
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
26Joe ColeMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
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44Leo ChambersDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
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16Mark NobleMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
38D. BoyataDefender
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
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64Marcos LopesMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
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26Martín DemichelisDefender
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Second Leg
Times In SGT
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Negredo Negredo
Man City
6 0
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Man City
6 0
Lee Tomlin Lee Tomlin
5 2
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Man. United
4 1
Saido Berahino Saido Berahino
West Brom
4 1