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Manchester City v West Ham: Hosts will have too much in Capital One Cup semi-final
Even a much-changed Man City will have too much for struggling West Ham, reckons Niall Quinn.
Last Updated: 08/01/14 8:28am
Former City striker - and now Sky Sports pundit - Niall Quinn suspects the hosts will have too much for the struggling Londoners in the Sky Live Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.
Read on for his thoughts on the tie - and then tune in to Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm to see the action unfold.
Manchester City v West Ham
What can Sam Allardyce do to arrest West Ham's alarming slide in form and can he turn around the humbling they receved at Nottingham Forest?
Well, on Wednesday they're playing against the most exciting team in the Premier League who score the most goals. It's a daunting task and if ever there was a case for playing six at the back then this is it!
Sam has said himself they are so close yet so far from the Capital One Cup final.
Premier League survival is of course key to him keeping his job and West Ham's future, with them moving to the Olympic Stadium - but they have to give this a good go.
Allardyce will pick a stronger team than he did against Forest because they are so much nearer to Wembley but, although I don't think it will be a walkover for Man City, you'd expect the home side to win the game and take a healthy lead to West Ham.
It will be interesting to see the response West Ham's senior players have got to the position they find themselves in, though. Sam is a great motivator and leader and in these situations he's pulled off results before.
However, his aim will be to stay alive in the tie so he can get a crack at them at Upton Park and he won't want to lose by anymore than two goals at the worst. Can he pick a team capable of doing that? That's the question.
For City, whoever they pick they'll have wave after wave of attack and whoever is in the West Ham goal will be very busy.
City have been phenomenal this season. They've got a wonderful flow about everything they do, they are easy on the eye and, although defensively I've questioned them this year, they're getting better in that department, too.
PREDICTION - CITY WIN: This is a task too far for West Ham. In truth, coming away with a reasonable chance of turning things around at West Ham is the most the visitors can hope for.