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Match Preview : West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham have found some form at the right moment and are now 12 points adrift of the bottom three after winning five of their last seven in the league.

Manchester City have only won one of their last four in the Premier League but performed well in their draw against Tottenham before comfortably beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup at the weekend.

They are two points adrift of fourth place Liverpool ahead of the midweek fixtures and cannot afford to drop many more points in their bid to finish in the top four.

Pep Guardiola’s side only recently won 5-0 at West Ham in the FA Cup third round but they can expect a tougher contest here. These games are usually high scoring so goals can be expected again on Wednesday night.

Team News

West Ham – Cheikhou Kouyate has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal but is unlikely to feature on Wednesday, while Andre Ayew is still at the tournament. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com

Jose Fonte will be handed his West Ham debut with Angelo Ogbonna out for the season. Robert Snodgrass, another January arrival, may have to wait until the weekend for his West Ham bow after arriving with a slight injury.Andy Carroll limped off towards the end of their 3-1 win over Middlesbro-ugh through injury but offered reassurance over his fitness and should recover in time to feature against Manchester City. The same is true of captain Mark Noble.

Håvard Nordtveit has an ankle injury and won’t play which means Sam Byram may start a second game in a row at right-back.

Manchester City – Vincent Kompany returned to first-team action for the first time since November at the weekend and got through 90 minutes against Crystal Palace without any problem.

He is expected to drop to the bench for Wednesday given the swift turnaround and his history with muscle injuries.

Gabriel Jesus picked up a knock against Crystal Palace at the weekend and the January arrival may also drop out of the starting XI against West Ham. Sergio Aguero missed their 3-0 win over Palace with a minor knock but should be fine to feature here.

Pep Guardiola is able to call upon Fernandinho on Wednesday after the Brazilian completed his four-match ban at the weekend. The City boss may use the short turnaround in matches to rotate his offensive options.

Match Facts

West Ham have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 home matches against Man City in all competitions.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches against West Ham in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Man City’s last 7 away Premier League games.

NaijaBet.com

As at this post West Ham has 5.77 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester City has 1.55 has  odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.50.

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