After an impressive 2-1 win against PSG earlier this week, Manchester City are set for another home outing as they are now set to host West Ham. Guardiola’s men will be tasked with grabbing all three points and, needless to say will have to put up another strong performance in front of the Etihad crowd on Sunday.
David Moyes’ side have had a solid start to the ongoing Championship and currently are holding fourth place in the league table. Henceforth, City will look to avoid any mishaps at the hands of the visiting Hammer’s side, if they are to maintain pressure on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who are currently holding the top spot in the Premier League.
Ahead of the game, Guardiola talked about the importance of this fixture and had also admitted that his team will have to do their best to overcome the west Londoners. He went on to say :
"I had the feeling before the game, never count what we done three days ago will happen tomorrow. What I want is the team to be consistent, congratulate ourselves for the group stage and now continue our rhythm. We lost on penalties, the players know how strong they are. Next one Aston Villa, next Watford away. Our performance dictates how we are.Source : MEN"
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Ederson will undoubtedly be chosen as the first choice shot-stopper as he has been consistent between the sticks. At the back, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte are likely to be paired as the main center-backs. City’s defensive flanks will consist of Kyle Walker, who is set to return as the right-back, whereas, Joao Cancelo will start in his usual left-back role.
Rodri will be slotted as the defensive midfielder and hence will have to protect his backline from this ‘unpredictable’ West Ham attack. The Spaniard will be provided support in the form of two solid central midfielders. As a result, Ilkay Gundogan will occupy the left central midfield position and the right midfield role will be handed to Bernardo Silva, who has been in hot form this season.
Guardiola’s attacking trio will see Raheem Sterling feature as the right-winger. His excellent form in front of the goal will come in handy against the Hammers. Cole Palmer could be in line to receive another full game as the no.9. Phil Foden will feature as the left-winger and will play an integral role in this City final third on Sunday.