Manchester City v West Ham United - All You Need To Know
West Ham United round out November with a trip to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping to upset Pep Guardiola’s side for the second time in little over a month.
Having defeated the Citizens on penalties in the Carabao Cup at London Stadium, the Hammers will now try to claim all three points in the league – a feat that would draw the teams level on points in the Premier League table.
Both sides enjoyed success in Europe in the week, Manchester City coming from behind to defeat Paris St Germain 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League at Etihad Stadium, while David Moyes’ men travelled to Austria and made sure of top spot in UEFA Europa League Group H with a 2-0 win at Rapid Vienna.
Both teams have been impressive both at home and abroad at the start of the 2021/22 season and the Hammers know that, having beaten Liverpool at home in recent weeks, a positive result in Manchester would lay down another real marker.
They also know that a huge task lays ahead and here’s the lowdown on the fixture...
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Sunday's kick-off is at 2pm GMT, but this game will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK. If you live overseas you might be able to watch the game live though, and broadcast listings in your territory can be found here.
We will also be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on whufc.com and our Official App and across our social media channels, with goals, highlights and exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.
David Moyes does not expect any fresh injury concerns in his West Ham United squad heading to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Hammers boss made eight changes to his side for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League win at Rapid Vienna and had the luxury of leaving Michael Antonio and Łukasz Fabiański back at Rush Green.
He is delighted with how the whole squad has contributed in Europe and says that is pushing the team on in all competitions.
For Sunday’s trip to Etihad Stadium, he is likely to only be without Angelo Ogbonna, who is starting his rehabilitation on a long-term knee injury.
Manchester City’s success over the past decade is plain for all to see.
Since landing their first Premier League title in such dramatic circumstances on the final day of the 2011/12 season, the Citizens have lifted the crown on four more occasions, won an FA Cup and six EFL Cups.
All that’s missing is European glory, but following their win over Paris St Germain in the week, they are guaranteed to finish top of Champions League Group A and will have their sights set on a tilt at the knockout stages in the Spring.
The only surprise to most observers will be that they are no longer competing on all four fronts this campaign, after the Hammers ended their four-year reign as EFL Cup holders last month.
That win came as the result of a resilient – and enterprising – display in a 0-0 London Stadium draw, before Phil Foden’s miss from the spot, coupled with five perfect penalties from the Hammers, took Moyes’ men through.
Immediately following that result, City were stunned by Crystal Palace at home, but have bounced back from those disappointments in style, beating Manchester United and Everton in the league, and Club Brugge and Paris St Germain in Europe.
It leaves them handily placed, just three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and few would bet against Guardiola’s team defending their title.
First, though, West Ham would love to leave their mark against the Citizens once again.
West Ham will meet the Citizens for the 115th time across the Premier League, EFL, FA Cup and Carabao Cup on Sunday.
The Hammers have won 37 of them, to the Citizens’ 58, although, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Etihad Stadium side have enjoyed the better of the more recent meetings.
October’s EFL Cup triumph aside, the Hammers haven’t got one over the blue half of Manchester since September 2015, when Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho scored in a 2-1 success at Etihad Stadium.
Our last home league win over City came the season before, with Morgan Amalfitano and Sakho again on target in another 2-1 victory.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin
Born in Ashington, Northumberland in February 1985, Michael Oliver has been a member of the Select Group of Referees since August 2010, when he was just 25.
Oliver started refereeing in the Northern Premier League from 2003 to 2005 before quickly working his way up through the National League and EFL to reach the Premier League in January 2010.
The 36-year-old refereed the 2007 Conference National and 2009 League One Play-Off finals and controlled the 2016 EFL Cup final, 2018 FA Cup final and 2021 FA Cup final, which saw Leicester City overcome Manchester City 1-0 to win the trophy.
Oliver was appointed to the FIFA List in 2012 and has since refereed competitive and friendly international, UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixtures.
He has refereed West Ham United on 31 occasions, including the penultimate game at the Boleyn Ground against Swansea City in May 2016, and most-recently the 4-1 Premier League victory over Leicester City in August this year.