Kolarov ruled out with calf injury but Fernandinho returns to squad
West Ham United vs Manchester City
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 23rd January 2016
Venue: Boleyn Ground, East London
Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: S Child, D Bryan Fourth Official: J Moss
Odds: West Ham 4/1, Draw 3/1, City 8/11
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Slaven Bilic
Squad (from): Adrian, Randolph, Spiegel, Collins, Cresswell, Byram, Demel, Henry, Jenkinson, O'Brien, Ogbonna, Oxford, Reid, Tomkins, Antonio, Cullen, Kouyate, Moses, Noble, Obiang, Payet, Song, Jelavic, Valencia, Zarate.
Injured: Sakho, Carroll, Lanzini
Form guide: LWWWDD
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Humphreys, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho
Injured: Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Mangala, Kolarov
Form guide: WDWDWL
Aleksandar Kolarov is ruled out with a calf injury sustsained against Crystal Palace, but Fernandinho is available once again. Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala remain on the sidelines.
West Ham won the return fixture at The Etihad in September, and Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players that they face another tough challenge.
“We have a difficult game against a very good team,” Pellegrini warned.
“They beat us here at home earlier this season in a match I think we had 20 chances to score but we didn’t do it.
“I hope we will go for the three points and that we will demonstrate why we’re involved in the title.
“I think that our mentality is to be an attacking team – maybe a lot of times you cannot score but we always create chances. If you create chances and score four goals as we did last time, I’m always happy.
“It’s the best way to win titles for me.
“In some games, especially away, we couldn’t score so I hope tomorrow we will return, as we did against Watford, to score goals and win.”
City's last away game at Upton Park ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Yaya Toure getting City's consolation. Overall City have won 48 of the 101 games played against West Ham, with 16 draws and 37 defeats.
Prediction: West Ham 2 City 2