West Ham v Man City – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 29 April 2018 at 11:55am
The knives are out for David Moyes it seems, after another defeat away to Arsenal. For 80 mins we were very much in the game and only come unstuck after a mistake from young hammer of the year Declan Rice. Now people make mistakes and the huge majority of West Ham fans will accept that, but we do not like or accept lack of effort. David Moyes chose to dig out a player who has shown huge amounts of effort since his introduction into the first team this year. But he has chosen not to dig out the same players who seem to coast through games without showing anything like the commitment of young Rice.
As for the game itself I feel we could have had at least 1 more goal as i felt for the first 30 mins we really had a couple of good chances to score. But sadly due to lack of support up top theses chances came to nothing.
Which brings us to the Champions elect Manchester City. I’m not sure many will disagree that they have been the best team in the Premier League this year but hopefully we can keep them waiting a week longer for the trophy.
City Have won 5 of there last 6 games and have walked the league without much competition this year and while not quite cracking Europe this year I’m sure it will not be long.
The Hammers on the other hand have done pretty well at home recently, only losing 1 from our last 7 games but we don’t face the quality and strength in depth of City very often.
Team news for West Ham is that Obiang is close to a come back and could feature before the season ends while Adrian will obviously replace Hart between the sticks Lanzini should be back in the team.
For City Aguero and Stones will both be missing but with the quality they have at the club I doubt they will be missed.
Predicted Line ups:
West Ham United : Adrian, Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Evra, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Fernandez and Arnautovic.
Manchester City : Ederson, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Walker, Sane, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling and Jesus.
Not sure the changes will make much difference to the result. We seem to try to play for the points these days and it looks more and more likely that it will go down to the wire. Not sure why we have brought on Evra to play as the third CB But having Cresswell as the wing back definitely makes us harder to beat. But I am pleased to see Lanzini back in the first 11 as I believe we should always play your best 11.
I can’t see us getting much from the game itself I predict they will probably do as they have done the last 2 or 3 visits and win by 4 or 5 goals and without breaking into a sweat. I do hope I’m wrong.