West Ham United face a Manchester City side gunning to retain their Premier League title on Wednesday night.

The Hammers ended a run of five games without a win when they beat Fulham 3-1 last time out.

Meanwhile Man City had a break from league action as they lifted the Carabao Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

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West Ham targeting potential Europa League place

West Ham are aiming to finish seventh, which could reward them with a Europa League place.

But they will be up against it at the Etihad.

Manuel Pellegrini has been boosted by the return of key players from injury in the last week.

And the Chilean looks set to make three changes to the side which started against Fulham as he keeps his team fresh in the middle of a three-game week which culminates with a home match against Newcastle on Saturday.

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Ryan Fredericks in for Pablo Zabaleta

Zabaleta looked rusty against Fulham and almost gifted the Cottagers a goal.

He was replaced by Ryan Fredericks at half-time.

With Leroy Sane to contend with on Wednesday night, Fredericks is likely to come in from the start.

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Samir Nasri in for Robert Snodgrass

Nasri returned to the bench for the win over Fulham but was an unused sub.


That hints that he will be involved from the start against his old club with workaholic Snodgrass making way.

The Scot will be given a well earned rest with Pellegrini hoping Nasri’s quality on the ball can help West Ham make the most of the rare occasions West Ham are in the position to threaten.

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Marko Arnautovic in for Javier Hernandez

Arnautovic has barely been seen since the China saga.

But he looked something like his best when he came on and set up the third goal for Michail Antonio last time out.

He twice went close to scoring himself and will line up from the start as the leggy Hernandez is given a rest following some rare game time of late.

That will leave Pellegrini with another very strong bench of Adrian, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Obiang, Lanzini, Carroll and Hernandez.

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Predicted West Ham team to face Manchester City:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Nasri, Antonio, Anderson, Arnautovic.

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