West Ham vs. Manchester City / FA Cup – Start of the new year in England traditionally brings us matches from the third round of the FA Cup, which normally involve teams from the Premier League and Championship, so on Friday night we have a very interesting Premier League clash between London ‘s West Ham and Manchester City. Otherwise, the “Citizens” are much better ranked in the championship this season, and they are currently in third place with as many as 20 points more than the 13th “Hammers”, while their autumn duel at Etihad ended with a victory of the host City with 3-1. Begins: 06.01.2017. – 20:55 CET
However, West Ham had a lot more success last year in the championship, because they first celebrated away against the “Citizens” with 2-1, and then at home in a fantastic match in this they played a draw – 2-2. However, all this was happening at a time when the “Hammers” were playing their best performances in recent history, while coach Bilic and his players are awaiting this next duel with City from the 13 position in the championship standings, but after two defeats in a row, by Leicester as guests and at home by Manchester United.
However, we need to know that they recently had a great series of three consecutive victories, thanks to which they finally managed to escape from the danger zone and so they at this point, despite two defeats, have seven points more than the 18th Sunderland. Because of that, they should now enter more relaxed in this match of the FA Cup, but Bilic still has enormous problems with absences and defenders Collins, Byram, Masuaku, Arbeloa and Oxford are all absent due to injuries, as well as midfielders Torah and Payet and striker Sakho, while midfielder Feghouli is suspended, and midfielder Kouyate and striker Ayew travelled to the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups West Ham: Adrian – Nordtveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell – Noble, Obiang – Antonio, Lanzini, Fernandes – Carroll
As for the guests from Manchester, they recently had a great championship series of three consecutive victories, which has brought them in the fight for the very top, but then they lost in a big derby against Liverpool with 1-0 away, so the next home win of 2-1 over Burnley has not improved their mood much. However, what is definitely positive is that they in the last match managed to come back after a minus of one goal, and with one less player on the field, since midfielder Fernandinho got suspended in the early stage of the match due to a reckless start.
Otherwise, one of the heroes of this great turning point was the returnee to the first team Aguero, who was otherwise surprisingly left on the bench by coach Guardiola at the start of the match, but the Argentinian has later managed to enter the game and score a goal for a very important victory. This is why it is now against West Ham we expect him in the starting lienup from the first minute, just like some other players who started the match on the bench with Burnely, while we should also add that in addition to the suspended Fernandinho, the previously injured defender Kompany and midfielders Sana, Gundogan and Delph will also not be able to perform in this match.
Probable lineups Manchester City: Caballero – Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov – Fernando, Yaya Toure – Navas, Silva, Nolito – Aguero
West Ham vs. Manchester City PICK
The guests from Manchester are much better ranked at the moment in the championship, but they also have much less problems with absences, but they are also sure that the “Hammers” will be fully motivated to celebrate in front of their fans over the favoured “Citizens” which is why we have here decided on a type with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at bwin (down to 1.65 can be played)