Preview - Manchester City

Winston Reid

When and where?

West Ham United v Manchester City
Emirates FA Cup third round
Friday 6 January 2017, 7.55pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United host Emirates FA Cup football at London Stadium for the first time on Friday night when Manchester City come to town.

It is a meeting of two teams with a proud Cup tradition – as they have lifted the famous trophy eight times between them.

The Hammers have three of those FA Cup wins to their name – in 1964, 1975 and 1980, while City’s last triumph came in 2011.

Manchester City are under Pep Guardiola’s management this season, after the Spaniard left Bayern Munich last summer to move to England.

He appeared to arrive with the midas touch, as City won all of their first ten competitive matches under his stewardship. However, their form has not held up so well since and they currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

Since losing 4-2 to Leicester in early December, however, they have won four of their last five to set them up for the start of their Cup campaign.

West Ham, meanwhile, were unfortunate to lose their two New Year’s fixtures – 1-0 and 2-0 to Leicester and Manchester United respectively.

Slaven Bilic’s men are in 13th, with 22 points from their 20 games to date.

Team news

West Ham United have Sofiane Feghouli available for the visit of City, after his ban for a sending off against Manchester United was overturned.

Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are unavailable after linking up with Ghana and Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Diafra Sakho, Arthur Masuaku, Alvaro Arbeloa and James Collins are all out injured.

Fernandinho is suspended for Manchester City after an appeal of their own was rejected by the FA this week.

Defender Vincent Kompany is also out.

Player head-to-head


Any links between the two?

The Hammers have already met Manchester City in the league tbis season, with Guardiola’s team managing a 3-1 victory at Etihad Stadium in August.

In the last meeting in London, West Ham and City played out a 2-2 Boleyn Ground draw. Enner Valencia was on target twice for the Hammers, while Sergio Aguero replied with a brace too.

How do I get to the game?

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Once again, walking routes to the Stadium will be affected by Gas Works. Click here for full info.

Supporters should note that this game is all-ticket and paper tickets will be used to enter the Stadium. Click here for more info.

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How can I watch the game?

The match is being broadcast live in the UK on BBC One. You can also follow all the action as it happens on the Match Centre, with live audio commentary, social media updates, in-running stats, photos and more. Join the conversation on social using #WHUMCI