West Ham look to keep European dreams alive against the league leaders

David Moyes, West Ham. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
David Moyes, West Ham. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Manchester City are unbeaten since mid-November and have won 13 straight, but the phrase “enter West Ham” could have a new meaning on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad.

As good as West Ham United has been, Manchester City has been right there with them. Both sides head into this weekend’s showdown with a chance to make their mark. The mark for City would be to get them even further up the table, while the Hammers could solidify their form and place in the top 4 with a tough stack of matches incoming.

A city on FIRE

As previously mentioned, Manchester City is, for lack of better words, on fire. Without an EPL loss since 2020, it’s clear that Pep Guardiola has his side flying on all cylinders. During that timeframe, their defence has found new life allowing just 3 goals over that time and only 4 in the last 17 matches played.

In a season where everything in the EPL seems to be upside down, Manchester City is stuck to their ways and has taken a commanding lead in the table. The gap between 4th and 1st is 15 points, and they lead by 10 points over the second-placed Red Devils. The conversation of domination had gone on for so long that the narrative now is switching to how long?

Manchester City are on an amazing run of form and look unbeatable. West Ham must find a way of putting a stop to the Citizens.

Jesse Lingard, West Ham.
Jesse Lingard, West Ham. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Striking while the iron is hot

The Hammers have lost just once in their last 11 Premier League outings and are without a doubt in their best form of the season heading into this tough matchup. Their only loss during this run was to Liverpool last month, but besides that, David Moyes’ side has been nothing short of perfection.

The addition of Jesse Lingard has helped add pace and skill to the attacking midfield, and obviously, the return of Michail Antonio has been a cure for sleepless nights. It’s worth mentioning that just as good as City’s defense has been, the Hammers have been lights out as well, keeping a +10 in the goal differential category.