Preview - Manchester City

Andy Carroll jumps for a header against Manchester City

Where and when?

West Ham United v Manchester City
Premier League
Wednesday 1 February 2017, 7.45pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United welcome Manchester City to London Stadium for the second time in a month on Wednesday night – and will be hoping for a far more palatable outcome than last time.

No Hammers fan will need reminding that Pep Guardiola’s men ran out 5-0 winners in the Emirates FA Cup tie between the two at the start of January, but they will also know that their team has bounced back from that disappointment strongly.

Back-to-back Premier League wins against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough have lifted them up to tenth in the table, renewing hopes that Slaven Bilic’s men can take strides into the top half over the last four months of the campaign.

The 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough, featuring an Andy Carroll brace and Jonathan Calleri’s first goal for the Club, was West Ham’s fifth in the last seven league games – and with Carroll having netted four in that run, Slaven Bilic can call upon in-form members of his team.

Meanwhile, Manchester City followed their thumping London Stadium success with a couple of disappointing results.

A 4-0 beating at Everton was followed by a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur – and that with the Citizens 2-0 up.

However, a 3-0 FA Cup win at Crystal Palace at the weekend points to better form and the Hammers know full well what their visitors can produce on their day.

Heading into this fixture, Manchester City currently sit fifth in the table, with 43 points from 22 games played.

Team news

West Ham could hand debuts to their two January arrivals Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass.

Fonte, who arrived from Southampton, could slot in for Angelo Ogbonna, whose surgery on a knee problem has ended his season early.

Meanwhile, Havard Nordtveit misses out with an ankle problem, and Cheikhou Kouyate is unavailable following Senegal’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations at the weekend.

Andre Ayew’s Ghana are still going for AFCON glory, and Arthur Masuaku is out injured.

For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is back in contention after missing the win at Crystal Palace with a knock.

Midfielder Fernandinho is also available again after serving a suspension.

Player Head-to-Head

Aaron Cresswell v Gael Clichy

How do I get to the game?

Your essential matchday guide, including everything from access to London Stadium to catering and more can be found right here.

Please arrive at London Stadium early to prevent queuing at turnstiles, while the latest travel news on the London Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail, Buses and roads can be found here. For information on National Rail routes, click here.

The gas works which affected walking routes to the Stadium have now been completed. Click here for a map showing the reopened route.

How can I watch the game?

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