The last time these two met it was a rough outing for West Ham. This time they travel to Manchester but can they do any better than previously?
There seem to be a lot of things pointing in West Ham United’s direction for this match but somehow it will still be a complicated affair. The Hammers are woeful at the moment but even though City are down men and their current form is poor but will the GSH Staff look optimistically towards the match even after last time out vs City?
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham
As much as I want the Hammers to be the giant killers in this match away from home, they won’t be. Something tells me that they will be in this match early and then per usual, the Irons will slip off into eternity or in this case stay in the relegation zone.
Manchester City is down and out but even with injuries and a recent loss, look for Pep and the gang to come out blazing on Sunday. Jarrod Bowen might be the lone goal scorer and that would be great news but the defense is still going to struggle against City’s firepower.
I look for this match to be a turning point game even though West Ham will lose. Bowen will look good and Tomas Soucek will continue to perform well and hopefully with the new additions of backroom staffers like Kevin Nolan, the team will slowly and quietly start to improve from here on. Maybe Nolan can get out there and even swing one home!
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham
West ham hasn’t been able to buy a win in recent weeks, even when winning 3-1 at the seventy-minute mark against Brighton last Saturday. This loss has left the Hammers in the bottom three. Now traveling to the current Champions (for now) City, it can surely only be another defeat for the Hammers.
Manchester City has a great record at the Etihad Stadium and against West Ham. Man City is going to be a dangerous side, even with Raheem Sterling out injured with a damaged hamstring and a struggling defense shown in their 2-0 loss to Tottenham.
As the title is already in Liverpool’s cabinet, the Citizens will be focused on the cup competitions domestic and European, this could mean that Pep Guardiola may rotate a bit more than usual to protect his best players. This could give the Hammers a way in the match.
As the odds stack against West Ham, I am actually going to predict the Hammers to victory. It won’t be pretty; it will be scrappy, and luck will need to be on the side for it to happen. Hopefully, Jarrod Bowen has an immediate impact and can cause City trouble with Michail Antonio.
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham
I think West Ham will put in an improved performance against Man City at the Etihad but it won’t be enough to get anything out of the game due to the strength of City. If I was Moyes I would drop Haller and play Antonio upfront with Bowen just behind to try to catch City on the break with sheer pace.
I would also try to make use of corners and free-kicks as Soucek showed what a presence he can be in the penalty area against Brighton. However, despite Man City already being out of the title race, they are still a fantastic team who will dominate the ball and I expect them to beat West Ham on Sunday with goals from Mahrez, Aguero and De Bruyne.
Manchester City 1-1 West Ham
I’m drinking the Kool-aid here again but there is hope for West Ham in the form of a new signing bump with Jarrod Bowen. He’ll likely start and this could help propel the Hammers forward. I think Moyes learned a lot of lessons in the Brighton match as well.
No more five-at-the-back, no more shutting down to close out games, and no more Masuaku as a defender. It’s a tough game, I know, but the Hammers are desperate and that could will a result in their favor.
Man City 2-1 West Ham
This could be a really opportunist time to play Man City or it could be a terrible time to play them, depending on your perspective.
We can hope that they will be slightly distracted due to their off-field issues, but at the same time, these said issues may well have fired them up.
West Ham go into these next two games at the Etihad and Anfield with not much to lose, as nobody realistically expects them to gain any points out of them.
This raised the question on how David Moyes will set his side up. He will most likely “park the bus” with a five at the back-formation as he hopes to contain City for as long as possible. If he was a braver man, he could see this match as an opportunity to have a go at Pep’s men and cause their shaky defence trouble with the pace and power of Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and a returning Felipe Anderson.
Either way, I think West Ham will ultimately not quite have enough, but the contest will be a tighter affair than expected.
Manchester City 4-1 West Ham
It seems that at this point in the season the 90 minutes on the pitch for West Ham United during the match are the least eventful moments of the week! And I don’t mean that as another shot at the side and their defending.
What with the board in the press, the protests planned for later this month, the hand wringing over January transfers and the toxic comments in the twitter-verse there is nothing like an actual game to refocus everyone on where the club stands.
Unfortunately, the gulf between the Hammers and Manchester City is wide—even if Man City does come in losers of two in a row. To me, that all but guarantees Pep Guardiola will have his team focused for this one. They have better talent at every position than WHU and they’ve beaten the Irons 7 times in a row by a composite score of 23-3.
Yikes. Is anyone seeing that change here? I am excited for the debut of Jarrod Bowen, another match from Tomas Soucek in midfield and to see what type of formation David Moyes tries. But honestly, any supporter expecting the Hammers to sneak a point here is just not paying attention. Things are going to get worse before they get better.
Overall, the outlook is bleak but so is everything surrounding West Ham at the moment. This would be just the match that we are used to seeing the Hammers come out and win just to surprise everyone before going back to the norm but only time will tell. Let us know what your thoughts are and COME ON YOU IRONS!