West Ham will host Man City ar London Stadium on Sunday afternoon in one of the Premier League's most important games of the season. The significance of the clash cannot be understated as its outcome will have a direct implication on the title race as well as qualification to Europe.
City need just four points to confirm their place as the league winners for the second season running and are eager to move a step closer to the dream with Liverpool still giving them a hot chase. The Citizens approach their meeting with West Ham on the back of another remarkable performance that resulted in a 5-1 win over Wolvesin mid-week. It was practically the "Kevin De Bruyne Show", with the Belgian playmaker hitting four goals in the rampage.
Pep Guardiola's men are finishing the season strongly, securing six points from their last two games by scoring five times in succession. In the grand scheme of things, they are unbeaten in their last 11 outings, winning nine and drawing the remaining two games.
For West Ham, the mission will be to try and close in on Manchester United with the dream of securing Europa League qualification hanging in the balance. In what will be Mark Noble's final home game of the season, the Hammers will look to put in a performance worthy of honoring their club legend and skipper ahead of his retirement.
They will go into Sunday's game on the back of a 4-0 win over Norwich City. Prior to securing the morale-boosting result, the London club had gone on a four-game losing run in all competitions. Nevertheless, they should be optimistic about potentially pulling off an upset as they were responsible for the elimination of Man City in the EFL Cup this season.
Since a 2-1 away victory in September 2015, West Ham have gone winless in 12 league games against Manchester City.
Man City have won 10 of the last 11 Premier League encounters with West Ham.
Manchester City are winless in their previous two visits to the London Stadium after winning their first five games in all competitions against West Ham, scoring 22 goals and conceding one.
This is the 100th encounter between the two sides in the top tier.
Key match stats
West Ham's win over Norwich last week was only their third in 11 games overall.
West Ham are trying to score in every home league game of a season for only the third time in club history, having done so in the top level in 1926-27 and the second tier in 1980-81.
West Ham have won only four of their last 14 Sunday games. Michail Antonio needs one goal to become the first West Ham player since Tony Cottee in the 1980s to score at least ten goals in three straight Premier League seasons.
The Hammers hope to become the first Premier League team since 2010-11 to win at home against Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester City in the same season.
Manchester City are the first team in English top-flight history to win five consecutive league games by a margin of at least three goals.
Man City's tally of 45 away points this season is the fourth highest in Premier League history after Arsenal in 2001-02 (47), Chelsea in 2004-05 (48) and City themselves in 2017-18 (50).
Kevin de Bruyne has eight goals and five assists in his last eight league appearances. This is his best goalscoring campaign for Manchester City in both the league (15 goals) and all competitions (19).
Predicted starting line-up
West Ham United: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antonio
Man City: Ederson; Cancelo, Rodri, Ake, Zinchenko; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
West Ham United vs Manchester City Broadcast Information
Stadium: London Stadium (London)
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