Manchester City vs. West Ham United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview
Before you go and hand Manchester City an automatic win on Saturday when they face West Ham United, remember that these two teams played to a scoreless draw in November. This is going to be a good game, folks.
Sure, Manchester City have nothing left to earn in the league at this point after Manchester United clinched the title. Only a win in the FA Cup final against Wigan will earn the team any silverware.
And sure, West Ham is safely out of the relegation zone in 10th place and isn't fearing for its life. But City have been scuttling of late, while West Ham has been very good in the past month. Let's break down this late-season contest.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 7:45 a.m. ET
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
What They're Saying
In what promises to be a touching and somber tribute, Manchester City and West Ham fans are planning on honoring former player Marc-Vivien Foe.
Manchester City and West Ham fans are hoping to honour former player Marc-Vivien Foe, who died 10 years ago, when the two sides meet on April 27.
The Cameroon midfielder collapsed during the Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia on June 26, 2003 and passed away shortly afterwards despite attempts to resuscitate the 28-year-old.
Foe, who also had spells with French sides Lens and Lyon, died following a cardiac arrest. He had the same hereditary heart condition (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) which caused former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba to collapse on the pitch last year.
Manchester City Player to Watch: Yaya Toure
For my money, City go as Yaya Toure goes. And in the past two games, Toure hasn't been that great in my opinion, a main reason the team barely squeaked past a weak Wigan squad, 1-0, and lost to Tottenham, 3-1.
Toure is as good of a box-to-box midfielder as there is in the Premier League, but where he gets himself into trouble at times is when he drops too deep and takes himself out of the attacking play. At his best he charges up the field and serves as the link between the midfield and City's dangerous attack.
At his least effective, he remains static in a holding role. He's far too talented to spend his time only supporting the back four.
We all know that Sergio Aguero is fantastic, Carlos Tevez is a hard-working playmaker and David Silva is a technical wonder. But few players combine the size, speed, touch and creativity of Toure, and City's result will mirror Toure's performance.
West Ham Player to Watch: Mohamed Diame
Nobody will have a more important role for West Ham than rugged holding midfielder Mohamed Diame.
City will surely control possession in this game and work through the midfield, meaning Diame's primary task will be supporting the back four and winning the ball back for West Ham. But he'll also be tasked with trying to slow down playmakers like Toure, Silva, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry.
For West Ham to have success on Saturday, Diame has to be a bulldog and thorn in the side of City's attackers all game long.
Which team wins?
While both of these teams are playing out the string at this point and have really only pride to motivate them, I still expect this to be a competitive game. City have looked really lackluster in their last two contests, while West Ham hasn't lost in five matches (including draws against Manchester United and Liverpool).
Still, if there is one thing that City has proved, it is that the team is more than capable of winning games they are outplayed in. Expect West Ham to be the more positive side throughout, but the superior talent of City to win out in the end, 2-1.
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