Preview : Manchester City and West Ham

Shaun Botterill

With the title race officially over, our players are playing for pride and to prove that they should stay with the team next season. Here are 5 of the players with points to prove over the next 5 Premier League matches.

Samir Nasri - as of right now, I would put his odds of staying at less than 30%. He's been wildly inconsistent. At his best, he's a dynamic playmaker who can run an offense with amazing skill. If you've ever watched the "Inside City" videos on YouTube (and you should, they're amazing), then you've seen the matches that they play in training on the smaller field. When they're going at it, the most dynamic player on the field is always Nasri. He runs through the scrimmage at will. Problem is, he never seems to translate that level of skill into game situations. If he can get things going, management will keep him. If not, he'll head back to Ligue 1.

Scott Sinclair - Just kidding. He's gone. He's nowhere near as good as several of the players on the EDS Squad (Rony Lopes and Denis Suarez come to mind), and just doesn't have the skill to play at the level City need. Still a mystery why he got signed. He'll be a good Premier League player, just not in Manchester.

Joleon Lescott - will he get the playing time he thinks he deserves? Probably not here. He's already been outplayed by the teenaged Matija Nastasic. He's not fast enough to play the high line that we've been playing this season, and gets beat far too often. He'll have a few more good years in him at another club.

Edin Dzeko - at this point, he's almost certainly only increasing or decreasing his sale value. These last few games he might get to play a few games, but Roberto Mancini might decide to play a younger player like John Guidetti.

Carlos Tevez - will he be offered a contract extension? He's certainly played like he deserves one. It'll be interesting to see what kind of playing situation and time he's looking for. I think that he wants to go somewhere else and be a consistent first team player.

Team against West Ham : Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Barry, Toure, Milner, Silva, Tevez, and Aguero.

I think that having the whole midfield together again will lead to a great attacking performance from the team tomorrow. It will be good to have David Silva back in the team, and hopefully he's back to his good run of form.

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