Man City vs West Ham: Line-ups
Hard to See Man City Lose
Since being held at home by West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on December 15, the Citizens have posted 19 straight wins in all competitions, including 13 in England’s top flight, which has seen them rise to the top of the division and open up a 10-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United.
It is difficult to see where the next defeat is coming from for City, and they could effectively wrap up the title if they manage to triumph in their next two in the league against West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers and then overcome bitter rivals United at the Etihad Stadium on March 7.
West Ham will be the underdogs this weekend as they travel to the runaway leaders, but the Hammers are in desperate need of the points as they battle to secure an unlikely top-four finish. An excellent campaign to date has seen David Moyes’s side collect 45 points from their 25 matches to occupy fourth position in the table, just four points behind second-placed Man United.
Moyes’s team have been excellent at the London Stadium this term, boasting the second best home record in the division, but they have dropped points in half of their 12 away league fixtures, losing at Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea this season.
West Ham deserve a lot of respect, and there is no question that the Hammers are currently in the race for a Champions League spot. It is just so difficult to back against City at the moment, though, and expect Guardiola’s side to collect all three points courtesy of a narrow success at the Etihad Stadium.