Date: 27 February 2021
Time: 6:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
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Manchester City will host West Ham United in the first Premier League clash of the week at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. While the City have been remarkably consistent in the recent past and are deservedly 10 points clear at the top of the table, West Ham too have been in pretty good form of late, having won eight of their last nine Premier League matches even managing a place in the top four. Given the confidence with which both the sides will enter this game, this should make for a delightful contest.
Central defender Nathan Ake is sure to miss the match. Other than that, there isn’t any injury news from the City camp. However, the likes of John Stones and Kevin de Bruyne were rested for their Champions League clash which suggests they could be back in the starting XI for this match.
As far as West Ham are concerned, they will be without the services of Angelo Ogbonna. In addition, Arthur Masuaku and Andriy Yarmolenko will also be unavailable for selection as they continue to nurse their injuries.
The manner in which the Cityzens registered a convincing 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in their Champions League match is enough to show the class of Pep Guardiola’s men. However, in West Ham, they will find an opponent who are sure to make them work hard for their win. Despite David Moyes’ side’s record hinting at a Man City win, this unit has proved this season that they are bigger and stronger perhaps than any of the West Ham teams in history.
Probable Playing XI
Ederson Moraes, Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
Lucasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Jesse Lingard; Michail Antonio
Goalkeeper: Ederson Moraes, Lucasz Fabianski
Defenders: Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell
Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Michail Antonio, Riyad Mahrez
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