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WEST HAM vs MAN CITY

  • Manchester City have earned seven successive victories against West Ham in all competitions
  • City have won on all four visits to London Stadium, by an aggregate score of 17-1
  • West Ham’s only Premier League home defeat in 2019 came against Everton in March
  • City are unbeaten in their past 10 opening Premier League fixtures, winning for eight seasons in a row

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Wilshere, Rice, Antonio, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus


Really?

11:50: I’ve just spotted a tweet from Duncan Alexander that goes a little something like this.

“West Ham start 2019-20 with Dimitri Payet worryingly down to third for PL chances created since August 2016 (he left in Jan 2017). Lanzini 102, Snodgrass 76, Payet 74, Arnautovic 71, Cresswell 68.”

Also worth noting that Philippe Coutinho is currently Liverpool’s fifth highest chance creator but he left a year later.

Team News

11:45: Gabriel Jesus is preferred to Sergio Aguero in attack as Manchester City begin their title defence at West Ham.

Summer signing Rodri starts in midfield for the champions. But Bernardo Silva and summer signing Joao Cancelo have to settle for the bench.

Sebastien Haller, West Ham’s £45million record signing, was handed his debut up front while Jack Wilshere started his first game in 11 months.

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Skipper!

11:40: David Silva was named as the new club captain of Premier League champions Manchester City earlier this week.

Manager Pep Guardiola has announced the veteran Spanish playmaker, who is now in his final season at the club, came out top in a vote held by the squad.

The 33-year-old will take over from the long-serving Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season.

Guardiola, who added that Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will also be part of a leadership group, said: “David Silva will be our captain. He’s been one decade here, he knows the club, he knows the Premier League. He has big respect from his mates.”

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter round-up

Marc: Ah the start of the football season! Just like new school shoes. First full of hope, all shiny, feels good… then over time start to get scuffed and carpet stuck in the Velcro… then there is always one kid with top end Clark’s shoes…

Sowah: The Pep Guardiola roulette strikes again! FFS. Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva benched!

Paulo: If we can stop them scoring three it’ll be an improvement. I’d like to see us playing some decent attacking football and if we nick a point I’d be delighted.

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

The sides

11:30: Debutants? How about two of the four. Sebastien Haller and Rodri start as Pep Guardiola leaves Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva on the bench.

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Wilshere, Rice, Antonio, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller.

Subs: Jimenez, Zabaleta, Chicharito, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Fornals, Ogbonna.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden, Aguero.

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Leak?

11:29: Not much of a leak given there’s 600 seconds until the sides are announced – but apparently Sergio Aguero starts on the bench today. Ouch for Fantasy Football players across the land.

Debut delight?

11:28: We could be treated to four debutants today folks. Debutants who cost a combined £167million.

West Ham duo Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals and Manchester City’s Rodri and Joao Cancelo could all feature. They better had for that wedge!

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

S*** game to start with

11:25: I think we’re going to like this Sebastien Haller fella.

The striker arrived at West Ham from Frankfurt for £36million – and let’s just say he’s not afraid to give his opinion.

“What a s*** game to start with!” joked Sebastien Haller. “I go there for a lot of money, now first game City! Why? There are better games to build your confidence! Hopefully I will touch the ball! We will see.”

And we’ll see if he gets his first start in just a few minutes. Standby.

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Morning

11:20: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of West Ham vs Manchester City from the London Stadium.

The Premier League champions are in action against a side they’ve enjoyed a fair amount of success against in recent years.

How much success? Well, let’s just say they’ve won on all four visits to London Stadium by an aggregate score of 17-1.

Yeah… so that’s not a great omen.

We’ll find out if West Ham can secure a 16-0 or 17-1 victory to level the scores in around an hour…

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates

West Ham vs Man City LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

WEST HAM vs MAN CITY – TEAM NEWS

West Ham captain Mark Noble (dead leg) is out of their Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (groin) is fit, while new signings Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller are expected to make their debuts.

City are without Leroy Sane after the winger suffered a serious knee injury in the Community Shield last week. Forward Riyad Mahrez is available again after being left out at Wembley due to

concerns over a medication he had used, while defender Aymeric Laporte has recovered from a knock. Record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is likely to return up front but new signing Joao Cancelo will not feature and Benjamin Mendy is not expected to be fit.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)





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