Hammers v Man City: Big Match Preview

West Ham United v Manchester City
Saturday, 11 August
Upton Park
Kick-off: 3pm

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Team news:

Lucas Neill is set to miss the opening match of the Barclays Premier League season after tweaking his knee ligaments in training. Scott Parker is also set to miss out with a slight knee injury of his own while fellow new signing Julien Faubert will be sidelined for a few months with an Achilles injury.

Ew Manchester City signings Vedran Corluka and Valeri Bojinov are awaiting international clearance in order to be told they can take part, while goalkeeper Joe Hart could make his League debut in place of the injured Andreas Isaksson.


Alan Curbishley is set to begin his first full season in charge of the Hammers, while Sven-Goran Eriksson takes charge of Man City for their first League encounter.

Only a point separated the two sides in the League table last season and both will be hoping to fare better this campaign.

Manchester City have won only one of their last ten opening fixtures of the Barclays Premier League season.


Last five League meetings at Upton Park:

30/12/2006 West Ham United 0 Manchester City 1 (Beasley)
15/04/2006 West Ham United 1 (Newton) Manchester City 0
21/09/2002 West Ham United 0 Manchester City 0
11/11/2000 West Ham United 4 (Lomas, Sinclair, Pearce, Di Canio) Manchester City 1 (Prior)
23/03/1996 West Ham United 4 (Dani, Dicks, Dowie 2) Manchester City 2 (Quinn 2)

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