Manchester City vs. West Ham: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Manchester City vs. West Ham: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Sunday plays host to one of the most important games in Manchester City's history as they face West Ham at the Etihad, with a chance to seal Premier League title glory.

The Sky Blues need just a point from the fixture to claim their second English league title crown in three years.

City have accumulated 83 points this season, per BBC Sport, to lead recent title front-runners, Liverpool, by a neck. 

West Ham have little to play for, but former Liverpool players Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing might fancy helping their old team-mates with a dramatic and shocking away win for the Hammers.

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Here is how you can catch the action this weekend:

 

When: Sunday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m. BST/10:00 a.m. ET

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, U.K.

TV: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD/Sky 3D (U.K. only)/NBC Sports (U.S. only)

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only)/NBC Sports (U.S. only)

 

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History Awaits Manchester City

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If you had told a Manchester City fan just a few short years ago that they would be striding towards a Premier League title win, they would have laughed at you.

Yet here we are in 2013-14, and City are on the verge of collecting their second such achievement in three seasons.

Manuel Pellegrini is on the verge of proving his doubters wrong after the dismissal of Roberto Mancini from the Eastlands hot seat last year. The former Real Madrid coach has made City an efficient and dangerous machine, and has galvanised the Etihad as the team's fortress.

Jeff Powell of the Mail Online has compared Pellegrini's efforts to that of Sir Alex Ferguson for the similarities in their brave and daring play, with goalscoring always being the priority. 

Powell wrote:"Pellegrini always believe his expensive – in the eyes of UEFA over-expensive – ensemble will outscore the opposition. (David) Moyes, trapped in his pressurised bunker, barely trusted the heirs to the Fergie legacy to cross the half-way."

Pellegrini was the right appointment for City at the right time. He has brought a freshness to their play while other teams have regressed. 

Only Liverpool can match City's ambition in the final third, and it is right that these two teams should be the season's main protagonists. 

 

The Cult of Yaya

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He is without doubt the most powerful central midfielder in Europe. Yaya Toure has taken his game to new levels since joining City from Barcelona. 

At the Catalan giants he was a defensive entity, physical and powerful but with an impressive touch. 

However, his years at the Etihad have turned him into an impressive goalscoring midfielder and he has led City's title charge from the front this season.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast kingpin has smashed 21 goals in 42 Premier League and Champions League games this season, per WhoScored.com: a stunning ratio for a central midfielder in England. 

And on Sunday he will be charged with leading City over the finish line. Luis Suarez might have been named Player of the Season, but Yaya has run him a very close second. 

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Toure is the example other clubs must now follow, and that is finding a player with his skill sets for their own teams.

He is the shining light in the Premier League when it comes to midfield play, being able to combine traditional English power and pace with continental ability, fit for Spain or Germany. 

 

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