WEST HAM UNITED v MANCHESTER CITY
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2013
BOLEYN GROUND
KICK-OFF: 5.30PM
REFEREE: MICHAEL OLIVER

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Introduction

• West Ham United welcome Manchester City to the Boleyn Ground in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday looking to follow up a tremendous 3-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

• The Hammers return home having last played on their own patch in a 3-2 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup back on 24 September.

• In the Barclays Premier League however Sam Allardyce's side have lost their last two at the Boleyn Ground, a 3-2 defeat to Everton on their last appearance and a 1-0 loss against Stoke on 31 August.

• Only Chelsea and Southampton have conceded fewer goals than the Hammers in the league so far this season.

• West Ham United currently occupy 13th position in the table with Manchester City five points ahead in fifth.

• The Citizens have been travel sick so far in the Barclays Premier League this season and are yet to record an away win.

• Aston Villa and Cardiff City have both beaten Manuel Pellegrini's team with Stoke also holding them to a draw.

• Their last away trip in the league ended in a 3-2 defeat at Villa Park and their only away win of the season so far came against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

• Manchester City are the league's top scorers so far, racking up 17 goals in seven games thus far.

Team news

West Ham United

• James Collins is out of contention after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty with Wales.

• Andy Carroll and Alou Diarra are long term absentees whilst Carlton Cole could make an appearance after re-signing with the club.

• Jack Collison and Stephen Henderson are both out on loan at Championship side Bournemouth.

Manchester City

• Martin Demichelis is in contention to make his debut after recovering from a knee injury.

• Jack Rodwell is also hopeful of being involved after making his return in a Development Squad game on Wednesday.

• Vincent Kompany is unlikely to play after he was taken off after just 34 minutes in their last Premier League match.

Background

• West Ham United have played Manchester City on 94 occasions with the Hammers winning 35, losing 43 and 16 meetings ending as draws.

• The first meeting between the two sides came back on 26 April 1924 when a William Moore goal wasn't enough to prevent the Hammers losing 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

• Manchester City have lost just once in their last 12 meetings against the Hammers, winning eight and drawing three.

• West Ham United's biggest home and away victories over Manchester City both came in the same season - 1962/63. A 6-1 away Division One success on 8 September 1962 was followed by victory by the same scoreline here on 18 May 1963 - a result that relegated the Citizens.

• West Ham United have not scored more than one goal in any of their last 15 matches against Manchester City and have only done so once in the previous 20 meetings - a 2-1 FA Cup sixth-round win at the City of Manchester Stadium on 20 March 2006, when Dean Ashton netted both. Yossi Benayoun also started the game.

• The biggest crowd ever to witness a West Ham United versus Manchester City fixture at the Boleyn Ground was the 35,050 who turned out for a goalless Premier League draw on 21 September 2002.

• Tony Cottee is the only West Ham United player ever to score a hat-trick against Manchester City. His treble fired the Hammers to a 3-0 Premier League win at the Boleyn Ground on 17 December 1994.

• Peter Dobing scored hat-tricks for Manchester City in both Division One meetings with West Ham United in 1961/62.

• Manchester City have twice recorded 4-0 victories at the Boleyn Ground - both in the old Division One on 24 March 1962 and 6 December 1969.

Last time out

Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
6 October 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Rat, Nolan, Diame (Collins 80), Noble (O'Brien 90), Morrison, Vaz Te (J Cole 86), Downing
Subs not used: Adrian, Maiga, Jarvis, Petric
Goals: Reid 66, Vaz Te 72, Morrison 79

Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Barclays Premier League
5 October 2013

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov (Clichy 58), Kompany (Nastasic 34), Lescott, Fernandinho, Milner, Toure, Negredo, Aguero (Nasri 79), Silva
Subs not used: Richards, Dzeko, Navas, Pantilimon
Goals: Negredo 17, Aguero 45, Howard og 69

Previous meeting

Manchester City produced an efficient home performance to see off West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure scored the goals to put the home side two up before Andy Carroll thrashed a last minute consolation past Joe Hart.

Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
27 April 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Taylor 80), Reid, Collins, Demel, O'Neil, Diame, Nolan (C Cole 80), Vaz Te (Collison 66), Jarvis, Carroll
Subs not used: Henderson, Noble, Pogatetz, J Cole
Goal: Carroll 90

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Silva (Milner 78), Nasri (Toure 87), Tevez (Garcia 84), Aguero
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Kolarov, Nastastic
Goals: Aguero 28, Toure 83

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

27 April 2013 - Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
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


Overall record v Manchester City (all competitions) W 35 D 16 L 43

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Manchester City

2012/13 Premier League 2nd (78 points)
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)


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 netted 74 goals in 140 games for Manchester City before leaving for Juventus in the summer.

• 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. He is currently with Manchester City

• 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.

Referee

• The referee for Saturday's match is Michael Oliver.

• Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of referees in 2007.

• In 2007 he became the youngest referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium when he took charge of the 2007 Conference play-off final. He also went on to become the youngest fourth official for a Barclays Premier League match.

• The Oliver family enjoyed a referring double in 2009 when his father took charge of the 2009 League Two Play-Off final a day before he took charge of the League One play-off final.

• In August 2010 he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and soon became the youngest-ever Barclays Premier League referee when he took charge of Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers on 21 August 2010.

• Oliver last took charge of the Hammers in the Premier League on 17 March 2013 in a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

• On Saturday, Oliver will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Darren England, while the fourth official will be Jonathan Moss.

General information

• There are a limited amount of tickets available for this fixture. For all ticketing information click here.

• The weather forecast for Saturday's game is overcast with a chance of showers and a maximum temperature of 17C.