Premier League : Man City vs West Ham Match Preview, Line Up, Match Info

West Ham United vs. Manchester City - prediction, team news, lineups

The pick of the fixtures on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign is likely to take place at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon when West Ham United welcome champions Manchester City.

The Citizens will be looking to defend their title this season 

while West Ham will again bid to be relevant in the discussion for a European place at the end of the campaign. The Hammers will feel they should have finished sixth due to Manchester United's late-season struggles, but David Moyes' side ended up settling for seventh and a place in the Europa Conference League play-offs rather than a place in the group stages. from the Europa League.

West Ham will be hoping to finish close to the top four in the league this term and the club have been impressive in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Gianluca Scamacco, Nayef Aguerdo, Flynn Downes, Maxwell Cornet and Alphonse Areola.

The capital giants have also managed to keep hold of Declan Rice, who has been outstanding again during the 2021-22 campaign, making a total of seven appearances in a busy pre-season, including a goalless draw with Lens last weekend. West Ham follow up their clash with Man City on August 14 with a trip to newly promoted Nottingham Forest before taking part in a Europa League play-off match three days later. Meanwhile, Man City went into this game on the back of a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield last weekend, with the Reds able to strike first in another fascinating battle between the two best teams in English. football this season.

The Citizens have actually only played two pre-season games, beating Club America 2-1 on July 20th and recording a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich three days later, and it will be fascinating to see if that affects their early performances. in the campaign.

Man City equaled Liverpool's title from last season on the final day by scoring twice against Aston Villa to win 3-2, eventually finishing one point ahead of their rivals with a record of 29 wins, six draws and three defeats. from their 38 matches.

Pep Guardiola's side will be chasing titles again this year and their squad has been boosted by the arrivals of Erling Braut Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Stefano Ortega and Julian Alvarez.

A win on Sunday would set the team up nicely for the home game against Bournemouth on August 13, while they also face Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in the opening month of the campaign and it would certainly be no surprise to see them leading the way. by September on 15 points. West Ham manager Moyes told a press conference on Friday that patience will be needed if new signing Scamacco is not considered this weekend.

Angelo Ogbonna is making excellent progress in his recovery from a long-term knee injury, but the experienced centre-back is also out, while new signing Aguerd will miss out with an ankle problem.

As a result, the starting side is expected to have a familiar look, with Michail Antonio likely to lead the line, while Rice will captain the team from the middle of the park.Benrahma is likely to get the nod on the left, with Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals also featuring in positions behind Antonio. As for Man City, Aymeric Laporte is out until at least September with a knee injury, while John Stones lacks match fitness, so Nathan Ake should reappear alongside Ruben Dias in central defence.

Guardiola has to make big decisions in positions further forward

Haaland will make his Premier League debut as a centre-forward, while Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are also likely to feature in the final third, which could leave Jack Grealish on the bench.

Bernardo Silva is likely to start in midfield despite speculation over his future, while Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Ederson and Rodri will also feature alongside him.

West Ham United possible starting lineup:

Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio

Manchester City possible starting lineup:

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden

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