England winger a doubt for CL tie with Real Madrid
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 9th February 2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: N Davies, R West Fourth Official: C Kavanagh
Odds: City 1/8, Draw 10/1, West Ham 22/1
Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Cancelo, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Aguero, Jesus
Injured: Sterling, Sane
Doubtful: Laporte, Mendy
Form guide: DWWLL
West Ham United
Manager: David Moyes
Squad (from): Fabianksi, Martin, Randolph, Reid, Cresswell, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Cardosa, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Antonio, Rice, Haller, Ajeti
Injured: Yarmolenko, Anderson, Wilshere
Form guide: DLLLD
Raheem Sterling has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in last week's defeat to Spurs, and is a doubt for City's last 16 Champions League tie with Real Madrid. Leroy Sane has continued to train with the first team, but is still some weeks away from a return to action.
The visit of West Ham represents City's last game before the winter break, and manager Pep Guardiola feels his squad will benefit from the rest:
“We have a game and then we have days off, then we prepare when we come back for the next games,” the manager said.
“A little break is good for everyone. Now we are going to do it.
“March is busy, but this month we have a bit more space between games.”
City won the last game against the Hammers at The Etihad 1-0, courtesy of a Sergio Aguero penalty. Overall City have won 56 of the 110 games played against West Ham, with 17 draws and 37 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, B Silva, Aguero
Score prediction: City 3 West Ham 1