MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2013
KICK-OFF: 12.45PM
REFEREE: HOWARD WEBB

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Introduction

• West Ham United travel to Manchester City on Saturday looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run which has seen them move back into the top half of the Barclays Premier League.

• Wins over West Bromwich Albion (3-1) and Wigan Athletic (2-0), along with draws against Liverpool (0-0), Southampton (1-1) and Manchester United (2-2) have pushed the Hammers up to tenth, with 42 points from 34 games..

• Manchester City's title ambitions came to a premature end last weekend when their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur coupled with Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa left them 16 points adrift of their cross-city rivals, with just five fixtures remaining.

• Roberto Mancini's men have an FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic on the horizon, following a semi-final victory over Chelsea at Wembley, and are currently second in the league table.

• West Ham United's biggest victories over Manchester City both came in the same season - 1962/63. A 6-1 home Division One success on 18 May 1963 was preceded by victory by the same margin in the away fixture on 8 September 1962.

• This is the 94th meeting between the two sides. West Ham United have come out on top on 35 occasions with 16 draws, while Manchester City have won 42.

• West Ham United's most-recent league win over Manchester City came on 1 March 2009, when a Jack Collison strike gave the Hammers a 1-0 Premier League win. Since then, City have won three of the five league meetings, with two draws.

• The referee for Saturday's game is Howard Webb, who was also the man in the middle for the most-recent clash between the two sides on November 3 2012. Webb also refereed the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, when West Ham United beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.


Team news

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will still be without defenders George McCartney and James Tomkins with injury, but Joe Cole returned to the first team squad for last weekend's victory over Wigan Athletic, after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

• Manchester City have David Silva, Sergio Aguero and James Milner available again following hamstring injuries. Jack Rodwell could also return, but defenders Maicon and Micah Richards are both out.


Last time out

Saturday 20 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Wigan Athletic
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, O'Neil (Noble 52), Diame (Collison 75), Nolan, Vaz Te (J.Cole 62), Carroll, Jarvis
Subs not used: Henderson, C.Cole, Taylor, Pogatetz
Goals: Jarvis 21, Nolan 80

Sunday 21 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Manchester City
Manchester City: Hart, Clichy (Lescott 89), Kompany, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Y.Toure, Milner (Kolarov 46), Barry, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko (Sinclair 83)
Subs not used: Pantilimon, K.Toure, Garcia, Aguero
Goals: Nasri 5

Previous meeting

West Ham United continued their fine start to life back in the Barclays Premier League with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City on 3 November. Kevin Nolan had a goal controversially ruled out for offside to deny the Hammers a famous win. They would, however, be satisfied with a battling performance which yielded a positive result and halted a run of three consecutive City victories in the league.

Manchester City: Hart, K.Toure, Clichy, Kompany, Nastasic, Y.Toure, Barry, Nasri (Sinclair 89), Tevez (Garcia 84), Balotelli (Aguero 69), Dzeko

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, McCartney, Collins (Spence 84), Benayoun, Noble, Jarvis, Diame (O'Neil 72), Nolan, Carroll (C.Cole 78)

Last six meetings (Barclays Premier League unless stated)

3 November 2012 - West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City
1 May 2011 - Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
11 December 2010 - West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City

9 May 2010 - West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City

29 Sept 2009 - Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United

1 March 2009 - West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City


Overall record v Manchester City (all competitions) W 35 D 16 L 42


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Division One 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Division One)

Manchester City

2011/12 Premier League 1st (89 points - champions)
2010/11 Premier League 3rd (71 points)
2009/10 Premier League 5th (67 points)

2008/09 Premier League 10th (50 points)

2007/08 Premier League 9th (55 points)

2006/07 Premier League 14th (42 points)

2005/06 Premier League 15th (43 points)

2004/05 Premier League 8th (52 points)

2003/04 Premier League 16th (41 points)

2002/03 Premier League 9th (51 points)



Referee

• The referee for Saturday's game is Howard Webb.

• Webb was the man in the middle for the most-recent clash between the two sides on 3 November 2012. He also refereed the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, when West Ham United beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• He took charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. He took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003 and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures.

• Webb also refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006. The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

Old boys

• Carlos Tevez scored seven goals in 29 appearances during the 2006/07 season, helping West Ham United to stave off relegation from the Barclays Premier League by scoring the winner in a 1-0 final-day success at Manchester United. The Argentina striker has netted 74 goals in 140 games since joining Manchester City in July 2009.

• Richard Wright signed for West Ham United in July 2007 following his release by Everton. The goalkeeper did not make a first-team appearance for the Hammers and, after being loaned to Southampton in March 2008, joined Ipswich Town in July of the same year.

• Other players to have turned out for both clubs include Tal Ben Haim, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, Ian Bishop, James Cumming, Justin Fashanu, Marc-Vivien Foe, Kevin Horlock, David James, Patrick Leonard, Steve Lomas, Trevor Morley, John Payne, Stuart Pearce, Trevor Sinclair, Paulo Wanchope and Mark Ward.

• Former West Ham United centre-back Malcolm Allison joined Manchester City as assistant manager in 1965. Under the guidance of Allison and manager Joe Mercer, the club enjoyed a sustained period of success, winning the Division One title in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969 and both the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970. After taking over from Mercer in 1971, Allison resigned in March 1973, later returning to Maine Road for a second spell in charge between 1979 and 1980.

• Allison's former West Ham United team-mate John Bond took charge of Manchester City following Allison's departure in October 1983, remaining in charge until February 1983.

• One-time West Ham United left-back Stuart Pearce took charge of Manchester City between March 2005 and May 2007.


General information

• Tickets for West Ham United supporters are no longer available for this fixture

• Visiting supporters to the Etihad Stadium should be aware that there is no street parking available around the stadium. Anyone parking in the residents' parking zone will be clamped and/or fined. Supporters are advised to use the Manchester City FC Accredited Car Parks around the Stadium, where matchday parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, supporters are advised to use public transport wherever possible. The Etihad Stadium is around 20 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station, or there are frequent shuttle buses operating two and from the Stadium.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is for a mixture of sunshine and showers with a maximum temperature of 10C..

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