West Ham: Andy Carroll, James Collins & Alou Diarra - Out
Man City: Martin Demichelis - Out; Vincent Kompany - Doubtful
West Ham: None
Man City: None
West Ham: LDLLW
Man City: WDWLW
West Ham come into this match following a fantastic victory against Tottenham that will leave Man City weary of their opponents today. What City need to be aware of most is the intensity of West Ham when they are making the transition from defence to attack.
Whilst West Ham's 3-0 victory suggests total dominance, for the most part they were under the cosh from Tottenham attacks. What put the match in their favour is that they are excellent in the tackle, and then they were able to quickly switch on the counter to devastating effect. Of course this style of football affects their pass success ratio, but they defend well enough for it not to be a massive problem.
Mohamed Diame, Stewart Downing and Ravel Morisson were pivotal in making the transition from defence to attack and it is these players West Ham will look to, to secure the points for them today. If you ignore Sigurdsson's stats and focus on Diame's on slide two, you will see he made 5 tackles and 3 dribbles against Tottenham. His hard work eventually culminated in an assist.
Although Downing was not as industrious, his stats on slide three show he has highly effective in linking up the attacks - he had a 96% passing accuracy - a lesser player in this department and West Ham may have crumbled long before they scored.
Finally, Ravel Morisson was equally as busy as Diame as he made 3 tackles and 2 dribbles, 1 of them leading to the fantastic solo goal he scored.
However, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure as clinical as ever (Aguero 4 goals from 12 shots and Toure 4 in 13) and Negredo in great form, this should not be a problem. West Ham will keep it tight, but City will show Tottenham the difference between a pretender and the real deal.
West Ham United 1-2 Manchester City
*All statistics courtesy of WhoScored