West Ham vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Manchester City will attempt to win a Premier League match away from Etihad Stadium for the first time this season on Saturday when they visit Upton Park to battle West Ham United.
The Citizens are lurking behind the Premier League leaders and can greatly benefit from a win this weekend. However, the Hammers could use three points themselves. Although Sam Allardyce's squad are coming off of a 3-0 rout of Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, they've only managed eight points through their first seven matches.
The good news for Manuel Pellegrini's club is that West Ham have dropped two of their three home showdowns in the Premier League this season, conceding four total goals in those defeats.
Here, we'll get you ready with everything you need to know before kick-off.
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. BST
Where: Upton Park, London
Watch: NBC (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)
West Ham: 26.6 percent
Manchester City: 48.0 percent
Draw: 25.4 percent
*Odds according to Bloomberg Sports.
Top Storyline: Will Martin Demichelis Make His Debut with the Citizens?
Veteran centre-back Martin Demichelis, who signed with Manchester City last month, is expected to make his debut soon after staring for the club's second-string unit on Wednesday, according to ESPNFC.com's Richard Jolly.
The Argentine defender came over from Atletico Madrid in September but has been battling a nagging hamstring injury over the past few weeks.
City's captain and defensive ace Vincent Kompany is expected to return from a thigh injury this weekend, according to the Mirror's David Anderson. But if he's not at 100 percent, Pellegrini could turn to the 32-year-old Demichelis to offer some relief at the bottom of the club's lineup.
Manchester City have been unable to earn anything more than a draw on the road in the Premier League this season, and less the Citizens' defensive effort improves this weekend, that won't change.
West Ham looked fantastic in their thrashing of Spurs at White Hart Lane in their most recent outing and possess the necessary firepower with Ravel Morrison and others to put one or two past goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has been suspect at times this season.
Plus, the Hammers have shown promise defensively, conceding just five goals through seven matches. Only Southampton and Chelsea have fared better this season.
Watch for a close, back-and-forth battle to unfold on Saturday, with neither team being able to wrestle three points from the other.
West Ham 1, Manchester City 1
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