Manchester City football is back to our lives, and today's match is tough. West Ham United is always dangerous and did the trick at Etihad Stadium last season, so the Sky Blues need to have a very good match.
Both sides have changed badges for this season, but City forgot to update the West Ham crest, which led to a fun troll job by the Hammers social media people:
Excuse us @ManCity, but you're not the only club with a new crest... #MCYWHU pic.twitter.com/IlPDKebBGT— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 28, 2016
Anyway, the stadium is set (and beautiful)...
The stage is set and kick-off is just 70 minutes away! ⚒ #MCYWHU pic.twitter.com/oLev4xOw6m— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 28, 2016
... Pep Guardiola and the boys have arrived at the stadium...
LIVE on #Periscope: The team is here for #cityvwhu!!! #mcfc https://t.co/8CGm7iBr1h— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 28, 2016
... And the lineups are out!
Man City starting lineup (4-1-4-1):
Caballero | Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy | Fernandinho | Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito | Agüero
Substitutes from: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Delph, Navas, Iheanacho
West Ham starting lineup (5-3-2):
Adrian | Antonio, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku | Töre, Noble, Kouyate | Fletcher, Valencia
Substitutes from: Randolph, Byram, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini, Calleri
No surprises from Guardiola as far as the starting lineup goes. All the players rested in the Champions League game against Steaua start today. The biggest surprise is Samir Nasri on the bench, as the Frenchman is clearly not on Pep's plans and yet has a chance to play today. Willy Caballero returns in goal, with Joe Hart returning to the bench.
This seems to be Pep Guardiola's favorite starting lineup at the moment, and it will need to play fantastic football against a West Ham side with five at the back. This will be fun.
COME ON CITY!