Advertisement

Manchester City vs West Ham United LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

A general view of Etihad Stadium (Getty Images)
A general view of Etihad Stadium (Getty Images)

The 2023/24 Premier League season is under way and you can follow every game and every goal right here with The Independent.

This year sees Manchester City try to defend their crown and claim a historic fourth title in succession. Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City, who also won the Champions League and FA Cup last season, will have to see off Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and the rest to claim an unprecedented sixth league title in seven years.

Meanwhile Luton Town are making their first appearance in the Premier League, having risen from non-league in an incredible decade of progress. They followed Championship winners Burnley and second-placed Sheffield United in earning promotion to the top flight.

Follow the latest action from the Premier League below.

Manchester City FC 3 - 1 West Ham United FC

Manchester City vs West Ham United

18:02

Manchester City get the job done on the final day, beating West Ham 3-1 at the Etihad to secure their fourth Premier League title in a row. A Foden double - one from well outside the penalty area and one from six yards out - within the first 18 minutes of the game gave the visitors an early and seemingly insurmountable hole to dig themselves out of, but a moment of individual brilliance from Kudus a few minutes before first-half injury time would give Moyes’ side something to cling onto ahead of the restart. Unfortunately for the outgoing coach, Guardiola’s side would quickly take a stranglehold on the second period, with Rodri sliding a finish home from outside the penalty area just before the hour to restore Manchester City’s two-goal advantage. The Hammers would struggle to offer anything offensively after conceding their third, finishing the match with an expected goals of just 0.35 - just 0.03 more than their total at half-time - compared to their opponents’ 2.01. A rather routine win on the final day sees Manchester City claim their eighth title in the Premier League era, and their fourth consecutively; an unmatched feat. The loss changes little for West Ham, who finish the season in ninth position. That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Manchester City and West Ham - we hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

18:02

FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WEST HAM.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:57

For the first time today - Arsenal have taken the lead in their contest with Everton, thanks to Kai Havertz’ strike in the 89th minute. The Gunners are doing what they have to do on their end, but the Manchester City result still gives Guardiola’s side a two-point cushion at the top of the table.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:57

The fourth official indicates five minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:55

Substitution Philip Walter Foden Mateo Kovačić

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:55

SOUCEK SCORES BUT IT WON’T COUNT! Ward-Prowse’s outswinging corner is prodded forward by the head of Mavropanos, with Soucek able to eventually steer it past Ortega. The midfielder wheels away to celebrate but they’re cut short, with a quick VAR check confirming that a hand was used to tuck the ball home!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:52

Goal Tomáš Souček

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:52

Ings is given four minutes to stretch his legs, with Paqueta recalled to the bench.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:50

Haaland again fails to find the target, meeting De Bruyne’s curling free-kick at the far post, but he uses his shoulder - rather than his head - to make contact as he sends it wide.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:48

De Bruyne again looks to test Areola directly from a corner-kick on the left wing, but the goalkeeper is alert to the danger, forcing himself through the crowd of bodies to put in a two-handed punch.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:47

Earthy comes on for just his second Premier League appearance, eight days after coming on to score his first senior goal for West Ham. Antonio is given an early rest as his season comes to an end.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:45

Silva cuts inside from the right and looks to have a go at Areola’s goal, but the Portugal international gets under the ball slightly, sending it up and over the crossbar.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:45

Manchester City have attempted the last six shots in this game, with West Ham’s last effort coming in the 42nd minute of the game; Kudus’ goal. The visitors have put an expected goals total of zero since the restart, maintaining just 22 per cent possession.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:40

Alvarez picks up a yellow card just four minutes after coming on, catching Silva on the ankle with a sliding challenge.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:40

CLOSE! De Bruyne and Foden stand over the deadball but it’s the latter who hits it, looking to catch West Ham sleeping by curling the free-kick around the wall. It’s a good attempt but he fails to hit the target, catching the side-netting instead.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:39

Doku gets the better of Kudus before distributing the ball to Foden on the edge of the penalty area. Alvarez looks to intercept the pass but a poor first touch forces him into a foul on the Manchester City forward, giving the hosts a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:35

Areola manages to finally end a spell of five corners in quick succession for Manchester City, catching Foden’s delivery towards the goal-line, keeping it out of his goal narrowly as he goes to ground with the ball in his hands.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:35

Substitution Emerson Palmieri dos Santos Edson Omar Álvarez Velázquez

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:35

Substitution Manuel Obafemi Akanji Nathan Benjamin Aké

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:34

De Bruyne is tasked with delivering a corner-kick from the flag on the left wing, but his curling effort is put right on the goal-line, with Areola forced to push the ball up and over the crossbar.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:34

Foden’s ensuing inswinging delivery is met by Zouma, who gets his head to the ball at the near post just ahead of Akanji.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:32

Manchester City are happy to keep possession in midfield following their third goal, interchanging the ball quickly just inside West Ham’s half as they look to take time off the clock. It seems job done for the hosts with 25 minutes to go, as long as there are no lapses of judgement in the late stages.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:28

Foden’s inswinging corner is met by Cresswell but Manchester City quickly regather possession and distribute it out to the right for the England international. Looking to secure a hat-trick, he hits a shot towards goal from an acute angle, but Areola manages to hold on.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:28

Rodri has scored his eighth goal in the English Premier League this season, scoring for the first time since April 3, against Aston Villa.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:25

Assist Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:23

Goal Rodrigo Hernández Cascante

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:23

De Brunye looks to tee up Foden with a disguised pass towards the penalty spot from a position near the byline, but it’s hammered away at the last moment by Soucek, who puts it out for a throw.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:22

De Bruyne drops deep and sprays a pass over the top of the defence for the run of Gvardiol, but it’s hit with too much power as it rolls behind for a goal-kick.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:19

Foden’s outswinging corner is initially met on the edge of the six-yard box by the head of Ward-Prowse, before Kudus is able to put in a more emphatic clearance.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:18

De Bruyne strides towards the edge of the penalty area with options to both his left and right, but he picks out the wrong pass, as Foden and Haaland are unable to get on the end of it ahead of Areola.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:16

Kudus is caught in possession by Doku, who immediately charges down the left wing into West Ham’s half, before he’s abruptly brought to a halt by a well-timed Mavropanos sliding challenge.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:15

Haaland fails to get the ball out of his feet for a shot on the edge of the penalty area, with Mavropanos eventually clearing it out to De Bruyne. The midfielder hits a first-time effort with his left foot from 20 yards out, but he sends it whistling wide.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

17:12

West Ham get the match restarted from the kick-off!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:58

Manchester City will certainly not be comfortable with just the one-goal advantage, as their title hopes rest on a victory on the final day with their fate in their own hands. Haaland has squandered a couple gilt-edged chances and could be a surprise exclusion ahead of the second half, with Alvarez available from the bench. Grealish or Nunes could also be added into midfield as the match wears on, with both capable of keeping hold of possession and working passing triangles to force their opponents to chase. Moyes will be feeling rather fortunate to still be in the game and will need to make changes ahead of the second half if he wishes to give his side a chance, with Alvarez a likely entrant to help the West Ham midfield repel the waves of Manchester City attacks.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:55

Manchester City hold a seemingly unassailable two-goal advantage for the large majority of the first half, but a sublime Kudus solo effort gives West Ham a lifeline, with the hosts leading at the interval 2-1. Foden took matters into his own hands before the anxiety around the ground could even set in, with the England international giving his team the lead thanks to his sixth goal of the campaign from outside the penalty area, just 120 seconds into the contest. The early strike gave Manchester City a platform from which to build, doubling the advantage just 16 minutes later, this time thanks to a close-range Foden finish. Guardiola’s side completely negated their opponents, keeping them to under 20 per cent possession for large swaths of the half, but Kudus would pull one back late in the frame with an outstanding overhead kick following a Ward-Prowse corner, which provides an air of jeopardy ahead of the restart.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:55

HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 WEST HAM.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:51

The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:51

HAALAND SCOOPS IT OVER! The Norway international again fails to hit the back of the net from six yards out, with Doku dribbling into the penalty area, taking on two defenders in the process, before playing a square pass across the face of goal. The striker meets it ahead of a sliding Zouma but inexplicably sends his effort looping up and over the crossbar!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:49

More drama as we approach added time, as Arsenal have pulled back level with Everton thanks to Takehiro Tomiyasu, who scored at almost the exact same time as Kudus in this contest. With 45 minutes still to go in the season, there’s still a lot left to play for!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:46

Goal Mohammed Kudus

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:45

There’s been a change in the result at the Emirates Stadium, where Idrissa Gueye has given Everton the lead against Arsenal with just under five minutes to play in the half. The result, as it stands, gives Manchester City an even bigger cushion, five points above their rivals.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:43

GOOD SAVE! Kudus cuts inside from the right, using his fancy footwork to open space ahead of a pair of Manchester City defenders before hitting a curling shot from 10 yards out. It’s placed well by the forward, but Ortega is equal to it, pushing it wide!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:42

Silva plays a short pass to Foden, who immediately lays the ball off for Rodri. Coming from a deep, central position, the Spain international meets it with a first-time shot at goal that’s held by a diving Areola.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:39

Coufal chips a pass down the right wing for Antonio, but Ortega comes running out of his penalty area to beat the striker to the ball, lashing it out for a throw-in to relieve some pressure on his 18-yard box.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:39

West Ham United have now conceded 34 first-half goals in 38 games, only Sheffield United (41) and Burnley (36) have allowed more in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:38

Areola’s long kick down the pitch following a free-kick is initially met by the head Akanji, who gives it right to Ward-Prowse. The midfielder hooks a volley over the defence looking for the run of a team-mate, but Dias is able to stroll across and win back the ball easily for the hosts.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:35

There has really only been one side playing in this match after 30 minutes, with West Ham failing to register a shot and maintaining an expected goals of zero, while keeping 16 per cent possession and fashioning 54 total passes - combined to Manchester City’s 270. The early double from Foden has certainly conditioned the game, allowing the hosts to play without anxiety.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:32

Foden’s latest inswinging delivery to the near post from a corner is met by Gvardiol, who powers his headed effort wide of the target.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:32

Akanji looks to get involved, hitting a shot from a long way out that manages to hit the target, providing Areola with a straightforward save.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:30

Foden uses his left foot to curl a cross to the back post for Rodri but it’s Mavropanos who gets there first, and does just enough to take the ball out of the penalty area.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:29

HOW HAS HAALAND MISSED?! Silva plays a flat cross to the far post for the run of Dias, who meets the delivery with an acrobatic, sliding volley across the face of goal. Haaland storms through and takes to the air, looking to finish past Areola with a flying scissor-kick but he somehow misses the ball entirely with the net glaring from five yards out!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:27

With their first-choice goalkeeper unavailable for this crucial clash, the hosts will be keen to protect Ortega’s penalty area and prevent him from being called into action, despite his undoubted quality. The backup was called into action and made a few key saves on Wednesday against Tottenham, in what was essentially a warmup for the final day.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:27

Manchester City’s 2-0 lead, coupled with Arsenal’s current 0-0 with Everton, puts Guardiola’s side - at least temporarily - on 91 points; four ahead of Mikel Arteta’s team. Foden has been absolutely superb in the first 20 minutes,with his 34 touches of the ball the most in the game for either side and his two goals currently deciding the title.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:23

Assist Jérémy Baffour Doku

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:23

SO CLOSE! West Ham give the ball away after a throw in their half, with De Bruyne picking up possession before finding Rodri inside the penalty area. The Spain international stretches to get a touch before using his toes to poke a shot that rolls inches wide of the post!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:22

Goal Philip Walter Foden

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:20

GOOD SAVE! Doku dribbles down the left wing before creeping into the penalty area, shimmying past Soucek to create an inch of space and firing a high strike that forces Areola to tip it over the crossbar with his fingertips!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:18

Emerson leads West Ham forward on a rare counter-attack in Manchester City’s half of the pitch before playing the ball out to the right for Coufal, but the wing-back’s cross is volleyed away by a lunging Walker.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:17

Haaland is a bit too eager to press the opponent after Foden’s giveaway in midfield, with the striker taking Mavropanos down to give away a free-kick, which West Ham use to get the ball out of their half entirely.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:15

Despite the tight angle, De Bruyne goes for goal from the set-piece, but Areola meets it with a confident, two-handed punch at his near post to deny the Belgium international.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:15

Dias slides a pass through the lines for the enterprising Gvardiol, who goes down under a challenge from Mavropanos to win his side a free-kick on the left edge of the penalty area.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:14

With their first-choice goalkeeper unavailable for this crucial clash, the hosts will be keen to protect Ortega’s penalty area and prevent him from being called into action, despite his undoubted quality. The backup was called into action and made a few key saves on Wednesday against Tottenham, in what was essentially a warmup for the final day.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:11

De Bruyne cuts inside from the left and winds up before hammering a strike at goal that’s parried well by a diving Areola.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:10

Manchester City again win the ball high up the pitch but Doku’s low cross from the byline is swept away and out for a throw by Zouma.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:10

Manchester City show their lethal qualities, scoring with just their first shot of the match to take the lead. West Ham have a lot to do if they want to get back in the match, with Guardiola’s side capable of holding on to possession to demoralise the opponent.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:06

Assist Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva

Manchester City vs West Ham United

16:04

Manchester City get the match underway from the kick-off!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

A modified formation brings with it a pair of alterations for West Ham, compared to the side that started in their 3-1 win over Luton Town eight days ago. Mavropanos returns from injury to replace Ogbonna at centre-back, while Cresswell gets a spot in defence thanks to the absence of Jarred Bowen - with Moyes’ side moving to a back three.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

Manchester City make two changes from the XI that beat Tottenham 2-0 last time out. Ederson misses out on the final day due to a fractured eye socket, which gives Ortega the chance to clinch the title between the posts. The other swap is in midfield, where Doku is preferred to Kovacic, which pushes Silva inside.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

WEST HAM SUBS: Lukasz Fabianski, Ben Johnson, Maxwel Cornet, Danny Ings, Edson Alvarez, Angelo Ogbonna, George Earthy, Kaelan Casey, Divin Mubama.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

WEST HAM XI (3-4-3): Alphonse Areola; Aaron Cresswell, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Kurt Zouma; Emerson, Tomas Soucek, James Ward-Prowse, Vladimir Coufal; Lucas Paqueta, Michail Antonio, Mohammed Kudus.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: John Stones, Nathan Ake, Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish, Julian Alvarez, Matheus Nunes, Scott Carson, Oscar Bobb, Rico Lewis.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-1-4-1): Stefan Ortega; Josko Gvardiol, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker; Rodri; Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Jeremy Doku; Erling Haaland.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:49

With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with hour hosts!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:38

West Ham will be looking to give departing manager David Moyes a fitting farewell, with the Scottish coach ending his second spell in charge of the Hammers at the conclusion of the season after winning a European cup during his stint in East London. Unable to jump Manchester United in eighth and a safe four points ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion in 10th, West Ham will be playing for pride today, as well as the chance to take on the role of spoiler, in what is sure to be a dramatic final day.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:33

One result stands between Manchester City and an unparallelled fourth-consecutive Premier League title, with a win against West Ham all that’s required for Pep Guardiola’s side to finish the day lifting the trophy. The incumbent champions have won each of their last nine league matches en-route to a final-day showdown with Arsenal, who sit two points back with a better goal difference and play Everton concurrently. Three points aren’t necessary at the Etihad to guarantee a first-place finish however, as any bettering of the Gunners’ result will be enough on matchday 38.

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:33

Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Premier League fixture between Manchester City and West Ham!

Manchester City vs West Ham United

15:00

Follow all the goals and latest action from the Premier League here with The Independent. Team news and line-ups coming up shortly…