Premier League Preview: West Ham United vs. Manchester City

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  • West Ham last won this fixture in 2009
  • Man City beat West Ham four times last season (2 PL, 2 Cup)
  • In those matches, City outscored the Irons, 14-1.

It’s a top-four battle — no, seriously — as Manchester City rolls into Upton Park to take on No. 4 West Ham United in a Saturday morning match that will kickoff the Premier League weekend (Watch on NBCSN at 745am ET and online via Live Extra).

Sam Allardyce’s surprising West Ham has been buoyed by the arrivals of flourishing transfer strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, and the hard play of middle man Alex Song (who is on loan from Barcelona).

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But topping Manchester City, even at home, would be a major statement from the Hammers. City is coming off a midweek Champions League disappointment in Russia, but striker Sergio Aguero struck four times in his last Premier League outing.

The Irons have had a tricky time against top competition, losing to Manchester United and Southampton but besting struggling but powerful Liverpool.

What they’re saying

West Ham’s Enner Valencia on MCFC match, playing with Diafra Sakho –It’s great to play up front with Diafra. He is doing really well and scoring goals at pivotal points of the game. He’s been doing very well and he is a nice guy, so I am happy for him. I am confident we can get three points against Manchester City. We play in front of our fans in our stadium and I think this gives us a good opportunity to get three points.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini on hot striker Sergio Aguero – “I don’t think this is the best I’ve seen from him. I think he can do better. He is a young player and has a lot more years to improve, three or four years. It just depends on what he wants to do in his future. He has all the conditions to do it.”

Prediction

It’d be bold to pick West Ham to win here, and the selection wouldn’t come with much confidence. City is still too deep and it’s hard to believe West Ham has been entirely transformed this early in the season. Still, City’s midweek and long travel will be very difficult to overcome by Saturday morning/afternoon. Look for a close one here. We’re saying 2-2.