MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
CAPITAL ONE CUP SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG
ETIHAD STADIUM
WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY 2014
KICK-OFF: 7.45PM
REFEREE: JONATHAN MOSS

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Introduction

• West Ham United journey to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tie against Manchester City.

• The Hammers will be hoping to erase memories of their 5-0 FA Cup with Budweiser defeat to Nottingham Forest last Sunday with a strong performance against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

• Sam Allardyce's team produced a brilliant comeback against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals as goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga inspired them to a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

• Spurs joined Burnley, Cardiff City and Cheltenham Town in being defeated by the Hammers as they secured a passage through to face Manchester City for a place in the final.

• The Hammers will be hoping to take a positive result into the second leg which will take place at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday 21 January.

• Manchester City booked their place in the semi-finals with a 3-1 away win over Sky Bet Championship side Leicester City.

• The Citizens have also dispatched Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic to get this far in the competition.

• Edin Dzeko has been the man to watch during the Sky Blues' run to this stage, netting in each of their three matches and totalling four goals in the process.

• Manuel Pellegrini's team come into the match having been held to a 1-1 draw with Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Team news

West Ham United

• Mark Noble may recover from a calf injury sustained against Fulham on New Year's Day in time for the game at the Etihad. Captain Kevin Nolan will however be unavailable as he serves the second game of his four-match suspension.

• Andy Carroll and Ricardo Vaz Te are now back in full training.

• Defensive trio James Tomkins (groin), James Collins (calf) and Winston Reid (ankle) will all miss out although new signing Roger Johnson could make his debut having signed on a loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

Manchester City

• Sergio Aguero (calf) and Dedryck Boyata will miss the match with the latter absent through suspension after being sent-off in the Citizens' FA Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

• Micah Richards and Stevan Jovetic are regaining fitness following hamstring injuries but the game against the Hammers may come too soon for them whilst Martin Demichalis has recovered in time for the game.

• Another victim of hamstring problems is midfielder Jack Rodwell who is likely to face more time on the sidelines after suffering the injury ahead of the game against Blackburn.

• Jesus Navas is also not in line to play on Wednesday night as a precaution over a knee injury.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United
FA Cup with Budweiser third round
5 January 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, Potts, Diarra (Burke 55), Driver, Downing (Turgott 64), Lletget, Moncur (Fanimo 55), Whitehead, Jarvis, Maiga, Morrison
Subs not used: Spiegel, Lee, Maguire, Gordon

Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City
FA Cup with Budweiser third round
4 January 2014

Manchester City: Pantillimon, Boyata, Clichy, Lescott, Nastasic, Fernandinho (Toure 64), Milner, Garcia, Dzeko, Negredo (Navas 74), Silva (Zabaleta 88)
Subs not used: Hart, Kompany, Kolarov, Lopes
Goals: Negredo 45

Previous meeting

A stunning goal from Ricardo Vaz Te was not enough to stop the Hammers from slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground. The winger produced an overhead kick after 58 minutes to beat Joe Hart and hand the home side hope after two well-taken goals from Sergio Aguero had put City in control. Any hopes of gaining a point were dashed ten minutes from time however when David Silva curled a shot into the top corner of the net to hand the visitors all three points.

West Ham United: Jaakelainen, Demel (O'Brien 65), Reid, Tomkins, Rat, Noble, Nolan (Petric 83), Diame, Morrison, Downing, Vaz Te (Jarvis 65)
Subs not used: Adrian, Taylor, J Cole, C Cole
Goals: Vaz Te 58

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Garcia, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Nasri (Milner 74), Fernandinho, Aguero (Jovetic 82), Negredo (Kolarov 66), Silva
Subs not used: Pantillimon, Dzeko, Lescott, Zabaleta
Goals: Aguero 16, 51, Silva 80

Head-to-head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

13 October 2013 - West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City
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


Overall record v Manchester City (all competitions) W 35 D 16 L 44

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

• 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. The keeper joined Preston North End after leaving the Tractor Boys but only for a brief period before leaving the club by mutual consent. He is now a Manchester City player after joining the Citizens shortly after his release by Preston.

• 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, Carlos Tevez, 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 1980, 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.

Background

• West Ham United have played Manchester City on 95 occasions with the Hammers coming out on top in 35 matches, 16 games ending in draws and 44 defeats by the Citizens.

• The Club's first away trip to the blue half of Manchester ended in a 2-1 loss with Vic Watson scoring the visitors' only goal in a Division One game played at Maine Road back on 3 May 1924.

• The Hammers were winless in their first five trips to Maine Road before recording a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Jimmy Ruffell on 17 October 1931 in a Division One clash.

• West Ham's biggest win away at Manchester City came on 8 September 1962 as two goals from Malcolm Musgrove and a goal apiece for Geoff Hurst, Johnny Byrne, Tony Scott and Martin Peters fired the visitors to an impressive win in the First Division.

• The Hammers' last away win over Wednesday night's opponents came in the FA Cup back on 20 March 2006. Dean Ashton scored twice as the Club reached the semi-finals of the competition thanks to a 2-1 win at the City of Manchester Stadium, as it was then known.

• The sides have played each other in the League Cup only two times after a replay was required in 1983 to separate the teams following a 0-0 draw at Maine Road. Steve Whitton scored the goal in a replay at the Boleyn Ground but couldn't stop his side from slipping to a 2-1 defeat.

Referee

• The referee for the first leg of the semi-final will be Jonathan Moss.

• Moss was last in charge of the Hammers when West Ham suffered a 3-1 defeat to Norwich City back on 9 November 2013.

• During the two Capital One Cup games which he has taken charge of this season, Moss has shown just one yellow card.

• Headteacher Moss was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in June 2011.

• He took charge of the 2005 Conference Play-Off final between Carlisle United and Stevenage and was then promoted to the National Group of Referees.

• He will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Michael McDonough whilst the fourth official will be Howard Webb.

General Information

• Light rain is forecast for Wednesday night's game with temperatures around 7C (44F).

• There are still tickets available for the semi-final clash and these can be purchased on the night from Manchester City's Stadium Ticket Office which is situated at the north end of the stadium.

• Tickets for the lower tier are priced at £25 Adults, £15 Over-65s/16-21 yrs, £5 Under-16s. Whilst in the upper tier they are available for £30 Adults, £20 Over-65s/16-21 yrs, £10 Under-16s.

• Visiting supporters should be aware that there is no street parking available around the Etihad Stadium. There is a residents parking scheme in place covering a wide area which is strictly enforced. Anyone parking in these areas will be clamped and/or fined.

• Supporters are advised to use the MCFC Accredited Car Parks around the stadium, where there is matchday parking 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 to and from the Stadium.

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