West Ham United won their third game in a row when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0, and they will be hoping for a repeat performance when they face Manchester City in the League Cup.
West Ham earned three points thanks to a Michail Antonio goal, but they should expect a rough ride here. They’ve kept four clean sheets in their previous five games and have only conceded a goal in one of their last ten. They eliminated Manchester United in the previous round of this competition, and they will try to do the same against City. While Antonio remains their most dangerous attacking threat, West Ham has a number of players who may cause City problems at any time.
Manchester City is also on a roll heading into this match. They’ve won three straight games, the most recent of which was a 4-1 victory over Brighton. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in five games, and three of their last five games have seen both teams score.
City has only lost one of their past 12 games and has only failed to score in two of their previous ten.
They’ve scored two or more goals in each of their previous four games, and as League Cup champions, they’ve had the best run in the competition. They’ve only lost one of their last 24 games in the competition.
Raheem Sterling missed the weekend match due to lower back problems, and while there is a chance he may be fit for Wednesday, Guardiola will not take any excessive risks with the attacker. Ferran Torres is also out with a metatarsal injury and will not play again this year, while Liam Delap is out with an ankle ailment.
If Delap had been fit, he would have started this game, but there will still be chances for a number of young players to demonstrate what they can do, notably Cole Palmer, who scored his first Champions League goal for the club last week.
West Ham will almost certainly be missing Czech duo Vladimir Coufal and Alex Kral, with the former requiring recuperation following a lengthy injury and the latter having tested positive for COVID-19.
Moyes might choose a line-up similar to the one that beat Manchester United in the previous round, with Antonio sitting out, Jarrod Bowen leading the line, and the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini returning to the starting XI.
West Ham has everything it takes to halt City’s dominance in this tournament, and a win at home on Wednesday would not come as a huge surprise if Guardiola does actually make changes.
However, given City’s recent form in the EFL Cup, it’s impossible to pick against them, and even a reserve team has enough quality to beat Premier League opposition.
It could be a close game, and it could even go to extra time, but I expect Manchester City’s League Cup run to continue. This match will be won by Manchester City.
KICKOFF TIME: The game between West Ham United and Manchester City will take place tomorrow at 7:45PM Nigerian time.
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