Manchester City welcome Manuel Pellegrini’s men to Manchester as they look for another win to keep the pressure firmly on Liverpool. The bleus have clawed back the points in recent weeks and are now just one point behind the Merseysiders in the race for the title.
West Ham have recovered from their poor early season form and have steadily climbed the table, sitting ninth in the league. The Hammers are also part of the reason why City are so close to Liverpool, having held the leaders 1-1 in a previous home match which they could have won. A win for City could potentially put them top of the league, but what are the stats behind this fixture?
The blues have a good recent record at home to the Hammers, losing just one of the thirteen games played since September 2006, however that defeat came in September 2015 when the Hammers won 2-1.
The first encounter between the two teams in Manchester came in May 1924, which the blues won 2-1. City then went on to win four and draw one of their next five home matches with the Hammers, before losing the next two.
In total, the two teams have met 54 times at City, with the blues coming out on top in 37 of those matches, losing 11 and drawing just 6 matches. City have scored 110 goals in those 54 matches, while conceding an incredible 76 times. If this fixture promised anything, it’s goals.
Defensively, City have only kept 19 clean sheets at home to the Hammers, but have only failed to score in this fixture on five occasions, the last coming in a 1-0 home defeat in April 2003, and there have only been two goalless draws between the two.
City’s biggest home win stands at 6-0, achieved in the City’s successful League Cup run of 2014, when they secured a 9-0 aggregate victory. However, their often inability to keep a clean sheet has seen them ship goals, and the heaviest defeat is 6-1, inflicted by the Hammers in September 1962. Either side of that defeat was a 5-3 home loss the season earlier and a 4-1 beating the season after.
City longest unbeaten run is ten matches, when the blues won 9 and drew just one between September 2006 and April 2015. However, the longest winning run is eight matches between November 1970 and January 1978. By contrast, the longest winless run at home to West Ham is four matches, which occurred between November 1960 and September 1966. This is also the longest losing streak inflicted on the blues
The two teams have met just once in February in Manchester, which ended in one of the two goalless draws.
Who will come out on top on Wednesday? Will the blues continue their good form or will the Hammers upset the form book?