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Premier League

  • May 1, 2011
  • • 11:10 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 44511

Premier League Preview: Manchester City - West Ham United

Premier League Preview: Manchester City - West Ham United

Jonathan Spector and West Ham looking for a chance at survival with a trip to Manchester City.

Manchester City (4-3-3)
Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Toure Y, de Jong, Barry; Johnson A, Silva, Balotelli.
With Carlos Tevez missing with a hamstring injury, many City fans fear that the Argentine has played his last game for the club. Rumors concerning the striker's future just refuse to go away and Tevez is unlikely to play again this season.

Roberto Mancini is not expected to make any changes to the side which won at Blackburn last Monday and will be anticipating a comfortable home win which should all but clinch Champions League football for the Citizens next year.
West Ham United (4-4-1-1)
Green; Gabbidon, Jacobsen, Spector, Da Costa; Behrami, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte, Kovac; Cole, Ba.
Avram Grant is certainly being restricted in his team selections as the Hammers continue to fight against the drop to the Championship. Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year Scott Parker is still out with an Achilles injury.

Also in the sick bay are Mark Noble, Garry O’Neill and Matthew Upson. With such players unavailable to him, that fight is getting increasingly difficult.

  • Manchester City is looking like favorites to claim fourth place in the league which would be City’s highest finish since ex-player Tony Book was manager back in 1977.
  • West Ham has been on a terrible run of late. Its last win of any kind was on March 5 when the club defeated Stoke City 3-0, six games ago.
  • This fixture has been kind to City. The Citizens have not lost against the team from the capital at home since they met in the FA Cup in March 2006. West Ham won that day 2-1 with Sun Jihai being sent off.
  • Avram Grant’s (pictured right) record against City is dead even, two wins and two defeats. However, the two victories both came whilst the Israeli was in charge at Chelsea. Indeed, one of the victories was a 6-0 drubbing of City by Chelsea.
  • Carlos Tevez’s importance to the Manchester outfit cannot be over-emphasized. He leads the league goal scoring charts with 19, Mario Balotelli is second on six, and perhaps surprisingly Yaya Toure comes in third with five. With City having an eye on FA Cup glory too, the need for the likes of David Silva and Edin Dzeko to get among the goals increases.
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
21David SilvaStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
-Patrick VieiraMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
2Lars JacobsenDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
23Jonathan SpectorMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
34Boa MorteMidfielder
40Freddie SearsStriker
9Demba BaStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
-Ruud BoffinGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
-Radoslav KovacDefender
22Manuel Da Costa TrindadeDefender
9Carlton ColeStriker
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
33Victor Nsofor ObinnaStriker
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Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
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3 0 1 0
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Robert Green
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
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