It seems like the only thing Manchester City fans can think about right now is the trip to Old Trafford next week. Winning at Manchester United could basically secure the title for the Blues, and there is no doubt that it will be one of the most anticipated games in Premier League history.
But there is one more league game before that, and it’s a really important one. City welcome West Ham United to the Etihad on Sunday looking for three things: (1) staying unbeaten this season, (2) winning a 13th consecutive league game, and (3) remaining 8 points ahead of United, who beat Arsenal on Saturday and are currently five points behind the Blues.
Pep Guardiola was very clear in his pre-match press conference that his team will take West Ham very seriously, regardless of the Hammers’ terrible form. David Moyes is yet to win any game since taking charge less than a month ago, but he has players that can make things difficult for a City side that’s suffered at home lately.
The Blues must win this one, and then it’s all about the Manchester Derby. AFTER the game, though. Let’s get three points here first, and then think about Old Trafford.
MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING
Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4pm GMT (UK), 5pm WAT (Nigeria), 11am ET, 8am PT (USA), 9:30pm IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Television: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (USA), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Sportsnet World (Canada), Star Sports Select 1 (India)
Online streaming: Sky GO (UK), NBC Sports Live (USA), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
Without fresh injuries or suspensions following the amazing win against Southampton and a quite meaningless game against Shakhtar Donetsk coming up in midweek, Pep Guardiola will most definitely go with a very strong side against the Hammers. Some may be against that, but the opportunity to rotate the squad and rest players will come in the Champions League match on Wednesday, so it makes sense to pick the big boys in this one to hopefully secure a more comfortable victory.
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
West Ham United (4-2-3-1)
Adrián; Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyaté, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Sakho
It seems like every City game is close lately, so this one will be as well: 2-1 to the Blues.