Dias scores first Man City goal vs West Ham
Check out Rúben Dias’ first goal for Manchester City which came against West Ham in February 2021.
Manchester City vs West Ham: Line-ups
City’s Attack Too Strong
The Citizens can now afford to take their foot off the gas in Europe after sealing progress to the last-16 of the competition, and Guardiola’s side also eased to a 3-0 win over Everton in last weekend’s Premier League battle, with Rodri scoring a thunderbolt on the day.
An ever-impressive West Ham have largely swept aside the competition in the Europa League with aplomb this year – even with Moyes rotating his resources on a consistent basis – as Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko both netted in a routine 2-0 success over Rapid Vienna in midweek.
Having now lost a bit of ground on the teams above them, West Ham remain firmly in contention for a Champions League place as they occupy fourth spot in the rankings, but Arsenal could move level on points with their London counterparts this weekend.
Defeat to Wolves ended a four-game winning streak for West Ham in the top flight and marked the first time they had lost a Premier League game away from home since April, and not since beating Manchester United in 2001 have the capital outfit won against the reigning champions away from home.
The Hammers have already claimed a memorable scalp over City this term – ending their perennial reign of dominance in the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out – but they are winless in 11 Premier League matches versus the Citizens since a 2-1 Etihad win in September 2015.
A first-choice City backline will still have a hard time keeping out Moyes’s inspired attackers on home soil, and injuries to the hosts could have the travelling contingent feeling confident about their prospects of a shock result. The visitors’ established names will certainly have the fresher legs on the pitch too and should give the champions a good run for their money, but City’s goal threats in all areas of the pitch should help get them over the line.