Manchester City will be playing hosts to West Ham United as they look to bounce back with a win after enduring a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The Premier League this season has been difficult for City fans as it is highly for their side to reclaim the title. Though it’s Manchester City is second in the league with 51 points. Meanwhile, West Ham United has been going through a slum as they reside in the danger zone with 24 points on board, while being 18th in the league.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Kick-Off-10:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Etihad Stadium
Oleksandr Zinchenko is undergoing a suspension after being sent off against Spurs over the weekend. Aymeric Laporte has been rested for the last three games and should be getting a start here. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Bernardo Silva are all in contentions of getting game time. With Zinchenko ruled out, Benjamin Mendy will be contending for a spot at left-back. Raheem Sterling was seen limping off against Spurs and could be given a break.
Thomas Soucek did well for his side in the 3-3 draw against Brighton and should retain his spot. New recruit Jarrod Bowen should be making his debut on Sunday but might have to come off the bench. Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andiry Yarmolenko are ruled out due to injuries.
MCI (Expected Playing 11)- Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Fernandinho, Walker; K D Bruyne, Rodrigo; Jesus, Aguero, Silva
WHU (Expected Playing 11)- Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbanna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Soucek, Noble, Antonio; Haller
Kevin De Bruyne has been thoroughly brilliant for Manchester City. The star-midfielder has seven goals, 15 assists and a pass accuracy of 81.7% from 1987 minutes in the league.
Robert Snodgrass will be vital in the advanced role for West Ham. Snodgrass has five goals, four assists from 77.3% from 1336 minutes in the league.
Sergio Aguero has continued his goal-scoring run for Manchester City will be lethal on the final third. The 31-year-old has 16 goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 80.8% from 1176 minutes in the league.
Sebastien Haller has bagged six goals, one assist and has a pass accuracy of 65.2% from 24 appearances in the league.
Manchester City has won six of their last six games against West Ham.
Manchester City are the clear cut favourites to win the game.
Goalkeeper- L Fabianski
Defenders- Fernandinho, N Otamendi, B Mendy
Midfielders- K D Bruyne (VC), B Silva, D Rice, R Snodgrass, M Noble
Forwards- S Aguero (C), G Jesus
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