Alan Smith has suggested that West Ham might be able to get at Manchester City down the defending champions’ left-hand side tomorrow, when writing a column for the Evening Standard.
Let’s be honest, a lot will need to go right for the Hammers if they are to leave the Etihad with a positive result.
Firstly, City will need to have an off day. And secondly, every single West Ham player will have to put in at least an 8/10 performance.
Pep Guardiola’s side have looked vulnerable defensively this season, however.
City have shipped two goals at home in the league against Crystal Palace, Wolves, Manchester United and Tottenham this season. The reigning Premier League champions have also kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 home games in all competitions.
And Smith suggested that West Ham might just be able to get at City tomorrow, when writing a column for the Evening Standard:
“First, the good news for West Ham. Manchester City have already dropped more points at home this season than in the two previous campaigns combined. Even so, David Moyes will hope Jarrod Bowen can make some waves on his debut by getting at City’s left-back — a recurring weakness for City this season. Perhaps Bowen can make those runs he did so effectively for Hull and arrive in the box at the perfect time. It is a long shot. But when you are third from bottom, you have to give it a go.”
Let’s hope Smith is right and West Ham, and Bowen in particular, can get at City tomorrow. Considering the fact that the Hammers have already been written off, a draw would be great result. And who knows? Maybe David Moyes’s men can spring a surprise.
History is certainly not on their side, however. West Ham have lost their last seven games against City and have only won once at the Etihad.