A visit to The Boleyn Ground is always a difficult task

Last updated: January 19, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Boleyn Ground
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWWW
Away form: WDWLW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at home in the last Premier League round and now The Citizens have collected 43 points, just one down from Leicester and Arsenal. Pellegrini’s players are on a run of 5 league match without a defeat. They lost for the last time on 21st December 2015 (2-1 to Arsenal). But when The Citizens are the visiting team, they are not performing as well as when they are at The Etihad Stadium. Manchester City won only 1 of their last 7 away matches in The Premiership.

Moreover, West Ham haven’t lost a home game since 22nd August 2015 when The Hammers were defeated 3-4 by Bournemouth. Slaven Bilic’s players are lying in 6th position and are 9 points behind the leaders. If The Hammers keep playing the same way, they can make a serious challenge for the Champions League places.

West Ham surprised The Citizens in the last match between these two teams, winning 2-1 at The Etihad Stadium. Victor Moses and Sakho gave the 2-0 lead to West Ham. De Bruyne scored for City, but his goal wasn’t enough to save the team.

Team News

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany will miss another match for his team. The Belgian is suffering from a calf muscle strain.

Fernandinho, Mangala, Bony and Nasri are also injured for The Citizens. Mangala has a hamstring problem, so does Samir Nasri.

Sakho and Lanzini are injured for West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini will resume full training at the end of February, while Diafra Sakho will be ready to play within a week.

Andy Carroll is the main omission for The Hammers. The striker has a hamstring problem and will return to the pitch after a month.

Quotes of the week

slaven bilic grinning
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) :
“If you’re approaching a girl in a nightclub and you think she’s gonna tell you off and all that, no chance.”

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) :
“I hope to remain with competitive teams in Europe, I am not thinking about returning to Chile at least for the next three or four years.”

Expected line-ups:

West Ham (4-4-2): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Jelavic.
Subs Antonio, Zarate, Reid, Jenkinson, Randolph, Moses, Song.
Injured: Sakho, Lanzini, Carroll.
Not available:
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Delph, Fernando, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Humphreys, Navas, Sagna, Clichy, Iheanacho, Toure.
Injured: Kompany, Nasri, Mangala, Fernandinho, Bony.
Not available:

Key Battle

payet Payet this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (1) 1232 6 1,7 4 2 2 0
aguero Aguero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (1) 1066 10 3,7 2 1 0 0

So far this season

. . .
West Ham this season Manchester City this season
6 League Position 3
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 9 (4)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 6-1 vs. Newcastle
4 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (3)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (3)
1-4 to Tottenham Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham
Payet (6) Top scorer Aguero (10)
Payet (4) Assist Leader De Bruyne (9)
Y28, R4 Discipline Y36, R0
4 Failures to score 4
7 Clean Sheets 10
14 Both Teams to Score Games 11
12 Over 2.5 Games 14
10 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • West Ham have won 23 of 45 home games against Manchester City. The Citizens have left with the three points on 12 occasions.
  • Manchester City won for the last time at The Boleyn Ground a year ago in a Capital One Cup match. Negredo (2) and Aguero scored for the final score 3-0.
  • The biggest victory for West Ham against Manchester City (6-1) was recorded on 18th May 1963. The Citizens biggest success is 6-0 in 2014.
  • West Ham have conceded only 4 goals in their last 6 home Premier League matches. City won their last away league game (2-1 against Watford).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/09/15 The Premier League Man City 1-2 West Ham Moses 6′
19/04/15 The Premier League Man City 2-0 West Ham J. Collins (OG) 18′
25/10/14 The Premier League West Ham 2-1 Man City M. Amalfitano 21′
11/05/14 The Premier League Man City 2-0 West Ham S. Nasri 39′
21/01/14 The Capital One Cup West Ham 0-3 Man City Negredo 3′