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Manchester City vs West Ham United.

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Manchester City 2

  • Rodri (30th minute)
  • K De Bruyne (62nd minute)

West Ham United 0

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    Wednesday 19 February 2020 18:08, UK

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    Team news, key stats and ways to follow ahead of Manchester City vs West Ham on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm).

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    Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte, who all trained on Monday, could all return for Manchester City against West Ham.

    German forward Sane has not featured since tearing a cruciate ligament in the Community Shield win over Liverpool in August. Left-back Mendy has missed the last four games due to an unspecified knock and French centre-half Laporte has managed just one game since recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in August.

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    Their return to fitness will be a massive boost for Pep Guardiola, whose side sit one point above third-placed Leicester.

    Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling misses out due to a hamstring injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended following his dismissal for two bookable offences in City's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last time out.

    Raheem Sterling suffered the injury during Man City's defeat at Tottenham
    Image: Raheem Sterling suffered the injury during Man City's defeat at Tottenham

    West Ham boss David Moyes is resisting the temptation to throw Jarrod Bowen into his starting line-up in an attempt to boost the Hammers' chances of Premier League survival.

    Bowen joined from Hull during the January transfer window but he is yet to make his debut for West Ham and Moyes will continue to ease Bowen into his team even if he admits to being impressed by what he has seen so far.

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    "I have been pleased with what I have seen from Jarrod at the moment," Moyes said on the eve of the City clash. "He's come in and settled in very quickly, he's looked very sharp in training. He's obviously had loads of games, it's not as if he's short of match practice or match fitness in any way so I have been pleased.

    Jarrod Bowen signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at West Ham
    Image: Jarrod Bowen signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at West Ham in January

    "But I am also wary of putting the boys in too quickly. I have had lots of boys from the Championship in the past and I think it's important that you put them in at the right time, the right moments, at the right time and we will just take our time and see when it's right for Jarrod."

    Asked if Bowen was in his thinking to start at the Etihad Stadium, Moyes added: "I wouldn't say that and I wouldn't be direct as that and give you the answer even if I was. But obviously he is a talent. We need goals, he can do that. I am also very aware that we don't need to put pressure on him too quickly."

    Elsewhere, West Ham's Felipe Anderson is back in contention to play after missing five games because of rib and back injuries, but this match will come too early for Andriy Yarmolenko.

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    • Manchester City have won each of their last seven Premier League meetings with West Ham, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three in reply.
    • West Ham have taken just four points from a possible 39 in Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (W1 D1 L11), drawing 1-1 in January 2008 and winning 2-1 in September 2015.
    • West Ham have lost 20 of their 23 Premier League away games against reigning champions (W1 D2), with their only victory coming at Manchester United in December 2001 (1-0).
    • Manchester City have lost six Premier League games this season - as many as they had in their previous two campaigns combined. Manager Pep Guardiola has never lost seven matches in any of his previous 10 top-flight campaigns.
    • West Ham haven't won any of their last 16 league games in which they've conceded at least once (D4 L12) since winning 3-1 at Watford in August. The Hammers haven't kept a league clean sheet against Man City since November 2012, conceding in all 14 since.
    • West Ham have dropped a league-high 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, with the Hammers failing to win eight of their 14 games in which they've scored first this season (W6 D5 L3).
    • Man City boss Pep Guardiola has won all eight of his meetings with West Ham in all competitions - in his managerial career, against no side does he have a better 100% winning record (also 8/8 vs Malaga and Watford).
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    Charlie Nicholas' prediction

    Manchester City are irrelevant in the context of the title race. When I look at Pep Guardiola's side, I see a genius in pain. He is not getting the criticism that many other coaches would be getting, because he is Pep. Everyone loves his style of play, the grip he has on players, the strain he puts on his players and himself. I have always loved it; even when he loses, he is angry and agitated. The Man Utd games at home probably made them reflect. Who has the hunger to still play under his guidance?

    Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are pitching in with the performances at the moment, but dare I say it Pep has got it wrong. Fernandinho is just not a centre-back. I would love to see how Fernandinho is in front of John Stones. It is so typical of West Ham at the moment that they occasionally turn up, put in a performance for 25 minutes, but if they lose a goal then it is game over. It is not a happy time but David Moyes will have to dig in.

    CHARLIE PREDICTS: Manchester City 4-0 West Ham (17/2 with Sky Bet)

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