Tomorrow will see current league champions Manchester City visit our home of Upton Park. This will probably be our toughest game as they are fighting to retain the Premier League title they have been fighting for for the past few seasons. It means that this will be no push over match, not that we are expecting it to be.
There is a lot of quality in the Man City squad in Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Joe Hart and Carlos Tevez to mention a few. Many Hammers fans are getting excited by the fact that former player Tevez is coming home, his ‘birthplace’ as he himself described it. As much as I am looking pleased to have Carlos back at the Boleyn I just hope that he doesn’t play. They have top quality strikers at Man City and I rank Carlos within the top two, so without him playing it would definately do us a favour. It is fair to say that after Tevez ended his self imposed exile from Manchester City last season he proved a key player in that title winning push, scoring on his first game back.
As well as having a strong strike force they also have a strong defence. They have conceded the second lowest number of goals in the Premier League, 9 goals. Their typical defence is made up of Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy and Micah Richards. These players are all internationals for their countries and are very capable defenders also, hence the low goals conceded tally. Their captain, Vincent Kompany, is a defender and this suggests that they like to lead from the back. He was very solid last season in defence and also popped up with crucial goals from set pieces something that Man City are very strong at. They and Man United are they only teams to have scored more goals from set pieces than us.
Although they are a very strong team we are also doing very well this season and can snatch a draw even possibly a win in this game. We have Andy Carroll who has scored a fair amount of goals against Man City when playing for Liverpool. Together with Kevin Nolan who is his soul mate of football who knows what can happen.