Avram Grant's side are still within touching distance of Premier League safety but a trip to Eastlands will prove a tough test for the beleaguered Hammers
|Manchester City (4-3-3)
Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Toure Y, de Jong, Barry; Johnson A, Silva, Balotelli.
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.
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester City are looking favourites to claim the fourth place in the league which would be City’s highest finish since ex-player Tony Book was manager back in 1977.
- West Ham have been on a terrible run of late; their last win of any kind was on March 5 when they defeated Stoke City 3-0, six games ago.
- This fixture has been kind to City. They 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-emphasised. 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.