West Ham United can come away from the daunting trip to Manchester City with a positive result.
That’s according to West Ham veteran and City legend Pablo Zabaleta.
Speaking to West Ham’s official website after returning from the inaugural winter break, Zabaleta listed three reasons he feels the Hammers can get a positive result.
Zabaleta says West Ham’s victory at the Etihad under Slaven Bilic in 2016 can be used as motivation. And he feels the fact his old club have dropped points at home this season will also help.
Zaba lists three reasons to give West Ham hope
Then he says the unpredictability of the beautiful game could also work in West Ham’s favour.
“We need to go to Manchester (and) put in a good performance with the aim of winning the game,” Zabaleta told whufc.com.
“If we could get three points, that would be great – we to show our best and build that spirit for the next game.
“West Ham won at the Etihad not too long ago, and you never know in football.
“Man City have dropped points at home this season and we must go there believing we can get something.”
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West Ham certainly need it.
Things have gone from bad to worse since David Moyes’s controversial return to replace Manuel Pellegrini.
David Sullivan and David Gold looked to have been vindicated when West Ham won Moyes’s first game in charge 4-0 against Bournemouth.
But they have failed to win a single Premier League game since in five attempts, dropping into the bottom three as a result.
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A draw at the Etihad would lift West Ham out of the relegation zone.
But things don’t get any easier with Liverpool away up after that.
With 13 games to go West Ham must realistically win five of them to survive.
Six of those 13 matches are against the current top 10.
Moyes needs to pull a rabbit or two out of the hat to keep the Hammers up and save his career and reputation as a manager.