Now that there has been a few days to digest Manuel Lanzini’s late screamer to secure a share of the points against fierce London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United will now look to welcome Manchester City to the London Stadium.
However, the Hammers are going to need every bit that they used against Spurs in their last outing to ensure they remain within a chance of securing a result against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Man City have proven to love the London Stadium
When thinking of bogey teams, Manchester City might not initially be thought of as one due to their stature in the Premier League, however the Irons will be all too aware about what the Citizens can do to them.
David Moyes’ side have lost their last five home games to Guardiola’s side at the London Stadium and not by any close margins. In fact, the aggregate score over those meetings sits 22-1 in favour of the Etihad Stadium outfit.
Although records are there to be broken, it is not one that makes for great reading or will likely build too much confidence heading into the game. Bettors can build confidence in their bet selections by picking the best bookmakers that are available by visiting online-betting.org.
However, what will provide the Hammers with confidence is their performance against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Being 3-0 down with 10 minutes to go would have likely seen many heads drop as a share of the points would have looked incredibly difficult.
Nonetheless, the Irons managed it. The fixture, though, was not the first time they have been involved in a high-scoring affair. Moyes’ side have managed to beat the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 and Leicester City 3-0 away from home, thus showing they are capable of finding the net often.
But, that said, they are incredibly vulnerable at the back and a team like Manchester City will punish any errors that are made.
Moyes may have a sweat on regarding team news ahead of their encounter with Manchester City, which will not make things any easier.
Michail Antonio had to withdraw from the game with Tottenham Hotspur early because of a tight hamstring. He is expected to make a recovery, although Sebastien Haller could be in contention pending a late fitness test.
Said Benrahma could be thrown into the baptism of fire that the Premier League is by making his first outing as a Hammer against one of the title contenders after completing his initial loan switch from Brentford on deadline day.
A spot on the bench, though, is likely to begin with as he builds his fitness and gets used to the way Moyes wants his team to play. Lanzini will have hoped his wondergoal against Spurs will have earned him a place in the first-team.
Fabian Balbuena may have netted the first goal of West Ham’s epic comeback, but if Issa Diop is fit and ready to return, the Paraguayan may have to settle down for a place on the bench.
West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Soucek, Rice, Lanzini; Antonio