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Manchester City vs. West Ham, Premier League: Team News, Predicted Lineups

A look at City's team news and possible starers to face the Hammers

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Manchester City will look to win a third match in a row to kick off the Premier League campaign, as the Citizens welcome West Ham United to Etihad Stadium for what promises to be a tough match for Pep Guardiola's side.

The Catalan manager has won all four games so far playing good football, and that success has a lot to do with the key players being healthy. There are no major injuries so far, and after resting his biggest stars on Wednesday's Champions League match against Steaua Bucharest, he will have all of them rested and available to face the Hammers.

Kelechi Iheanacho suffered an injury scare in the Steaua match, but Guardiola said on Friday's press conference that the young striker will be fit and is likely to be on the bench as Sergio Agüero returns to the pitch. Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling were also rested midweek and are locks to start on Sunday, with full-back Pablo Zabaleta also returning to the side.

New signing Leroy Sané had a full week of training and is very likely to make his much anticipated City debut. After joining the club on Thursday, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will not play his first match until the Manchester Derby after the international break, when Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are also expected to return from their injuries.

When it comes to the starting lineup, the center-back partnership of John Stones and Aleksandar Kolarov has been very impressive, but Nicolas Otamendi is certainly in contention to return to the team and continue his great start to the season. Perhaps the biggest doubt is the goalkeeper spot: with Bravo's debut delayed and Joe Hart's start against Steaua, there is a chance Hart plays one last match ahead of Willy Caballero before leaving City in this transfer window.

Here's my idea for the probable starting lineup on Sunday, in a very fluid 4-1-4-1 formation:

Caballero | Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov | Fernandinho | Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito | Agüero

It's impossible to accurately predict a Guardiola lineup, but that was my best effort. What is your idea for City's starting eleven on Sunday?