Man City vs West Ham

Man City kick off their Premier League title defence with a trip to the capital to face West Ham on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions sealed the league by a single point over Liverpool last season, and City will be keenly aware that there is no room for a slow start after that tense title race.

Man City head to east London for what could be a tough test against West Ham, with former manager Manuel Pellegrini building a strong Hammers squad with some solid pre-season business.

West Ham vs Man City team news and predicted line-ups

Pellegrini heads into the new season with almost a complete clean bill of health.

Mark Noble is a doubt with a thigh injury, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski may miss out due to a groin problem.

As for City, Benjamin Mendy (knee) is out while Aymeric Laporte is unlikely to be rushed back.

Leroy Sane suffered a knee injury against Liverpool in the Community Shield and may not be risked, while Fernandinho will be pushing for a return.

Sergio Aguero could start up front having been rested at Wembley, especially with Sane set to miss out.

Possible West Ham XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Lanzini, Fornals, Anderson, Wilshere, Haller

Possible Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Buryne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling

Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Man City

While West Ham will be confident of causing City problems in their first game of the season, it is difficult to look beyond the champions here.

City won 32 of their 38 league games last season, and should pick up three points – but the Hammers will fancy a goal or two.

Tickets

For West Ham ticket info, click here for their website.

For Man City ticket info, click here for their website.

Betting tips via Betfair | UK users only | Subject to change

Match odds

  • West Ham to win: 11/1
  • Draw: 11/2
  • Man City to win: 2/9

First goal scorer

  • Sergio Aguero: 13/5
  • Raheem Sterling: 7/2
  • Bernardo Silva: 15/2
  • Sebastien Haller: 12/1
  • Felipe Anderson: 14/1

TV channel and live stream information

The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 12.30pm BST.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog with James Olley, David Lynch and James Robson in place at Wembley.

West Ham vs Man City head to head (h2h) results and history

City have beaten the Hammers 56 times in total, losing 17 games and drawing the other 17.

The champions have won their last eight games vs West Ham, beating the east Londoners 4-0 away and 1-0 at home last season along with a 4-1 pre-season victory this summer.

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