Manchester City begin their Premier League title defence on Saturday when they head to their clash with West Ham at the London Stadium.
West Ham Team News
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 10, 2019
The Hammers will be aiming to get their season off to a strong start, despite the tough opposition. West Ham finished tenth last season and Manuel Pellegrini will be targeting a higher finish in the top half of the league table.
West Ham’s signing Sebastian Haller, and midfielder Pablo Fornals are expected to make their Premier League debuts in London.
Pellegrini will be without Mark Noble, but Lukasz Fabianski has been cleared to start and will feature from the off.
West Ham predicted line-up: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Rice; Antonio, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.
Manchester City Team News
A FOURMIDABLE display at West Ham last time we visited…
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2019
Manchester City have scored 17 goals in their last four visits to the London Stadium and will start as heavy favourites against West Ham after beating Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Leroy Sane was forced off in the first half of Manchester City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool at the weekend and joins Benjamin Mendy on the sidelines. Furthermore, Leroy Sané requires knee surgery is a blow.
Manchester City predicted line-up: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Stones, Zinchenko; David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.
Manchester City have won more than half of the previous 109 meetings, prevailing 55 times in comparison to West Ham’s 37 wins.
There have been 17 draws between the two sides, though there has only been one draw in the last 16 meetings.
West Ham had a mixed pre-season, winning twice and losing three games. After beating recently relegated Fulham and Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, the east Londoners finished off their friendlies with a penalty shootout defeat to La Liga’s Athletic Club.
Manchester City began their competitive season last Sunday, as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the Community Shield at Wembley. The Citizens secured their first piece of silverware of the season thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ winning penalty, kicking the season off in style.
Last 5 matches
|West Ham 2-2 Athletic Club (2-4 on Pens)||
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (4-5 on Pens)
Hertha Berlin 3-5 West Ham
|Yokohoma FM 1-3 Manchester City|
|Fulham 0-1 West Ham||
Kitchee 1-6 Manchester City
Newcastle 1-0 West Ham
|Wolves 0-0 Manchester City (3-2 on Pens)|
|Manchester City 4-1 West Ham||
Manchester City 4-1 West Ham
Prediction and Betting Odds
While West Ham will be confident of causing City problems in their first game of the season, it is difficult to look beyond the champions here.
City won 32 of their 38 league games last season, and should pick up three points – but the Hammers will get in a goal or two.
Prediction: West Ham 1 – 3 Manchester City
*Odds are subject to change. Find the latest recommended betting odds here.