Manuel Pellegrini will be only too aware of the immediate need to start taking maximum points on the road, if Manchester City are to live up to their title contender tag, and unfortunately for them, Upton Park is becoming a fortress.
Coming off the back of an international break and with the crucial midweek Champions League encounter against CSKA Moscow lurking, this fixture poses a tricky selection dilemma for Manuel Pellegrini. Does he try to arrest City’s bleak run of results away from home or will the temptation to rotate prove too strong to ignore?
Man City’s obvious threat comes in the shape of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, both of which might prove to have too much for West Ham to contain. The absence of captain Kompany is a real bonus for West Ham and if we can push and press Lescott then we can cause real trouble.
In the absence of Andy Carroll, home hopes will naturally centre around the bristling talent of Ravel Morrison in the West Ham midfield, and he’s sure to have an influence after scoring both for West Ham and England under 21’s recently.
West Ham defender James Collins will miss the visit of Manchester City on Saturday evening after suffering an injury on international duty.
The 30-year-old was replaced just before the hour in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Belgium in midweek and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed he has a hamstring injury.
He joins Andy Carroll and Alou Diarra on the sidelines whilst Carlton Cole, who rejoined the club on a short-term deal last week, is not fit enough to be involved.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip, while fellow centre-back Martin Demichelis, who is still to make his debut, is also not yet fit.
Midfielder Jack Rodwell is back in contention after a recent spell on the sidelines.
After a great result against Spurs and a City side struggling away I’m going to predict a 1-1 draw.
Kick off is at 17:30 this week.
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