Kickoff will be at Boleyn Ground in London and is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, October 19.
West Ham are looking to avoid three straight defeats at home, while Manuel Pellegrini’s side are looking to pick up their first PL away win of the season.
The Hammers have struggled to score goals, with forward Andy Carroll still sidelined through injury and others not stepping up to the plate in his absence. However their cutting edge returned against Tottenham before the international break, as the Irons hammered London rivals Spurs 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
Perhaps they’ve turned the corner? With England U-21 star Ravel Morrison flourishing in midfield and Jussi Jaaskelainen playing superbly in goal, they are solid yet unspectacular. But, can City break them down with the vast array of attacking talents they possess?
On the road Pellegrini’s men have struggled this campaign, losing to Cardiff City and Aston Villa and grabbing a 0-0 draw at Stoke. They desperately need some good form away from the Etihad to help compliment their sensational home record which has seen them win all four game so far. Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo give them plenty of firepower, but can Joe Hart and City’s defense hold firm against a fired up West Ham side?
As for the teams news, West Ham are still missing star striker Carroll who has flown to Belgium this week to see a foot specialist, while James Collins and recently re-signed Carlton Cole will both miss out. For Manchester City, captain Vincent Kompany is still out injured and summer signing Martin Demichelis is making progress but won’t return just yet.
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