WEST HAM UNITED V MANCHESTER CITY – POSSIBLE LINEUPS AND TEAM NEWS.
West Ham United: (possible 4-3-1-2): Adrián, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Carl Jenkinson, Morgan Amalfitano, Alexandre Song, Mark Noble, Stewart Downing, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho.
Doubtful: Mauro Zarate (knock), Guy Demel (thigh).
Manchester City (possible, 4-4-2 ) Joe Hart, Gaël Clichy, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Pablo Zabaleta, David Silva, Fernando, Yaya Touré, Jesus Navas, Sergio Agüero, Edin Dzeko.
Confirmed out: Samir Nasri (groin)
Doubt: Frank Lampard (thigh)
West Ham United
Sam Allardyce has been given an injury boost ahead of the weekend as Cheikhou Koutaye and James Tomkins will be available for selection this weekend. It was initially thought that Koutaye would be out for a longer period, but tests have revealed that the injury to his pelvic / abdominal area is not as serious as previously thought.
Tomkins picked up a thigh injury in training last week but it appears to have been minor and should make the lineup on Saturday. Mauro Zarate (knock) and Guy Demel (thigh) are doubtful however.
Frank Lampard is unlikely to play after being stretchered off last week in City’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur, but signs were encouraging for Stevan Jovetic who played 21 minutes of the 4-1 win. The Montenegrin has been struggling with injury for a number of weeks but it looks like he has finally shaken off his hamstring troubles. Given the fact that Jovetic has had setbacks before, Manuel Pellegrini will likely resist the temptation to put him into the starting lineup, preferring instead to start Edin Dzeko. Jesus Navas could be in with a chance to make a return the starting lineup after making an appearance midweek against CSKA Moscow.
The Hammers have only managed one clean sheet so far this season and that was against the relegation-bound Queen’s Park Rangers. The defence has tightened in recent weeks however, only allowing two goals in their last three games. Sam Allardyce will hope the trend continues on Saturday as his side will face a Manchester City side that has scored 10 goals in their last three Premier League games.
West Ham will bring their own firepower to this clash however, as they have scored 15 goals so far this season, with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho looking particularly potent up front. Fans at the Boleyn shouldn’t expect their strikers to have the same freedom as previous games, as City’s defence will be the toughest they have faced so far this season. Although Joe Hart has only kept one clean sheet in the League this season, (last week’s win over Aston Villa), they have the second best defence in the League, only conceding 8 goals so far. Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala look to be forming a solid partnership at the back, while Yaya Touré appears to be returning to his best in midfield.
Interesting Stat: City and West Ham played each other four times last season. City won all four on an aggregate score of 14 goals to 1.