Manchester City vs West Ham United preview

By Ric Turner, Tue 14 April 2015 16:31


Manchester City vs West Ham United previewCity face battle to secure Champion's League qualification

Manchester City vs West Ham United

Date: 1.30pm, Sunday 19 April 2015

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: D Cann, S Child Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: Manchester City 3/10, Draw 21/4, West Ham 12/1. More Man City betting tips.

Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk

TV: Sky Sports 1

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko

Injured: Boyata, Kompany, Jovetic, Bony

Doubtful: Milner

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWLWL

West Ham United

Manager: Sam Allardyce

Squad (from): Adrian, Jääskeläinen, Collins, Cresswell, Jenkinson, O'Brien, Nolan, Jarvis, Kouyate, Downing, Noble, Amalfitano, Poyet, Song, Cole, Valencia

Injured: Tomkins, Carroll, Sakho

Doubtful: Valencia

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLWLLL

City manager Manuel Pellegrini is fighting to save his City career, after a poor run of form has seen the Blues win just six of the 17 games played in 2015. A 4-2 defeat against neighbours United in the 169th Manchester derby intensified the pressure on the Chilean boss, although Pellegrini has refused to speculate on his future until the end of the season.

"I'll continue working. We have to play six more games to try to finish as high as we can and, for me, that's the only thing that's important.", said Pellegrini immediately after the game.

Skipper Vincent Kompany and Wilfried Bony are expected to miss out through injury, whilst there are doubts over the fitness of James Milner and Stevan Jovetic.

City's last home game against West Ham ended in a 2-0 victory, with Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany scoring the gaols that clinched the 2014 Premier League title. Overall City have won 47 of the 99 games played against West Ham, with 16 draws and 36 defeats.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1

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