West Ham v Manchester City Preview
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 6 January 2017 at 2:06pm
Written by @Deportivo Hammer.
I´m not going to go into much about our last game as the more I think about it the more angry I get. The good news is that the red card for Feghouli has been rescinded but that doesn´t help us much now as the game is over. Time for video technology to help the ref??? Probably not while the big teams keep getting the decisions in their favour. Last year Leicester City won the league with Two big centre half´s pushing and pulling at every corner. They league cracked down on that this year. wonder why now all of a sudden.
When it comes to the cup draw most people would be happy to have a home game which is great, but getting Manchester City is not the perfect team to get. But in my eyes you have to beat the best to win it. Which we are more than capable of doing. Manchester City are not having the best of time of late, winning only 4 of their last 6 games which with the amount of money they have thrown at the team and managers in the last 2 or 3 years it´s a cause for concern. Pep Guardiola started off well when he first took over at City, but has since found it very different than at his two previous clubs where the competition were not exactly allowed to compete as much.
West Ham United after having been on a good run of form now find themselves dropping down the table after 2 defeats in a row. But cup games are different to league games and a team can progress while playing poorly in the League, take Hull City´s league cup run for example. But 3 wins in our last 6 games should still give us confidence to attack City and not let them get too comfortable.
West Ham United seem to have given up on Simone Zaza now, which is probably best for club and player. It was a strange situation to find ourselves in and hopefully we will not be taking on any more loans where we have to pay so much after a certain amount of games. Tore is obviously still out along with Diafra Sakho, James Collins and Arbeloa. Unfortunatly for Slaven we will have to do without Kouyate and Ayew for a while as they are now on International Duty at the African Cup of Nations. I wish them well. Reece Oxford and Sam Byram are both back training with the squad. I have also heard there is a bit of a flu bug going around the club which might keep Captain Mark Noble out as well.
Manchester City will be without Fernandinho who is suspended and Vincent Kompany who is still out injured. They will not lose any players to the African Cup of Nations as the team their players represent did not qualify or the player is retired. Not great news for us.
Predicted Line Ups :
West Ham United : Adrian, Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Fernandes, Obiang, Payet, Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll
Manchester City : Caballero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Fernando, Toure, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Iheanacho
Manchester City have a great squad to pick and choose from, where we seem to have the same options game after game. Giving players the occasional rest from time to time helps them get through the season. I hope Guardiola decides to rest as many as he can but i doubt it as he has mentioned how excited he is to finally be part of the F.A Cup and its magic, lets hope he doesn´t find it so magical at the end of the 90 mins. I never like to predict that West Ham will lose but I can´t see us winning this one and think that City will win comfortably in the end 0-1. I really hope I´m wrong. But I doubt it and think we will be concentrating on our league position for the rest of the season.