Today's match sees Slaven Bilic's West Ham take on City at The Etihad. West Ham have had an interesting start to the season to say the least, knocking off the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool on the road, but falling to Leicester and Bournemouth at home. They come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win over a reeling Newcastle side and will look to continue their momentum. They also seem to have a star in Dimitri Payet, who has torn up Ligue 1 in past seasons. Bilic even recently compared Payet to our own David Silva.
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CITY XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Silva, Aguero #cityvwestham #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 19, 2015
CITY SUBS: Caballero, Maffeo, Demichelis, Fernando, Navas, Bony, Iheanacho #cityvwestham #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 19, 2015
WEST HAM UNITED: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Moses, Sakho #WHUFC #MCIWHU— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) September 19, 2015
Well, we have finally arrived. The mouth watering front six of Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, KDB, and Aguero all start together. This is what we've waited for all summer, and we're going to see it for the first time now. In defense, an injured Vincent Kompany is replaced by Otamendi who will be making his full debut. Otherwise, the back four is the same. Pablo Maffeo and Kelechi Iheanacho both make the bench as well.
UPDATE--- David Silva has been hurt in warmup, and Navas replaces him in the starting lineup. Patrick Roberts now makes the bench. Well, this sucks. More on Merlin's injury soon...
Thoughts on the lineup? Predictions? Thoughts on that ugly Diego Costa incident? Comment away!