English Premier League | West Ham vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Pep Guardiola delivers Bernardo Silva update

Check out Pep Guardiola’s pre match press conference ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League clash with West Ham. The Spanish manager responds to the rumours that Bernardo Silva might be on his way out of the club.

West Ham vs Manchester City: Line-ups

West Ham

Manchester City

A Tricky Match For City


West Ham will be hoping to push close to the top four in the league this term, and the club have been impressive in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet and Alphonse Areola.


The capital giants have also managed to crucially keep hold of Declan Rice, who was again excellent during the 2021-22 campaign, and a busy pre-season saw them play seven matches in total, including a goalless draw with Lens last weekend.


Man City managed to pip Liverpool to last season’s title on the final day by coming from two goals behind against Aston Villa to win 3-2, ultimately finishing one point clear of their rivals, boasting a record of 29 wins, six draws and three defeats from their 38 matches.


Pep Guardiola’s side will again be title favourites this term, and they have boosted their squad with the arrivals of Erling Braut Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Stefan Ortega and Julian Alvarez.


A victory on Sunday would lead the team nicely into a home match with Bournemouth on August 13, while they will also take on Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in the opening month of the campaign, and it would certainly not be a surprise to see them head into September on 15 points.

DPP Verdict

The points were shared in a 2-2 draw at London Stadium last season, and West Ham are certainly capable of making this a tricky opener for the champions. It would not be a surprise to see a draw on Sunday, but we just have a feeling that Man City will do enough to secure all three points in the capital.