The leading champion of the English Premier League will be responsible for placing this Sunday, December 3, an end point of the fifteenth round of the 2017/2018 season. Starting at 2:00 p.m., Manchester City hosts the West Ham Stadium at Emirates Stadium.
The recent performance of Manchester City
Stage of some performances of gala of the blues, the stadium was soothes of a game considered only regular the last Wednesday, 29 of November. Even so, City did not miss all three points. They defeated Southampton 2-1, thanks to a goal scored by Raheem Sterling in the 51st minute (12 matches in English Premier League 2017/2018, nine goals).
The goal was not enough to take the team to 40 points (13 wins and a draw) of 42 played. He maintained the advantage of eight in the comparison with Manchester United, second placed at the end of the fourteenth day.
To face West Ham, coach Pepe Guardiola has two casualties and a medical doubt. They are injured and should not be released to defend defenders Benjamin Mendy (four games, no goal) and John Stones (12 games, no goal). There is still hope for German midfielder Leroy Sané (13 matches, six goals).
City completed a series of 30 official matches without defeat in the previous round. The list consists of 25 hits and five equalities.
The current form of West Ham
West Ham is on the other end of the standings. His fight in the 2017/2018 Premier League season is limited to trying to avoid relegation. Even this relatively low goal for a team with its investment capacity has not been achieved.
By beating Everton 4-0 at Liverpool in the previous round, the London side remained stuck in 10 points (two wins, four draws and eight losses). At the beginning of the fourteenth day, it occupied the eighteenth position opening the region of the sticking.
It is clear that the exchange of technical Slaven Bilic by David Moyes has not produced, at least short term, the expected results. Moyes, who downed Sunderland last season, managed to add just one point out of nine.
West Ham has already completed two months without winning in the English Championship. His last success in the tournament happened on September 30, at home, by 1 to 0, against Swansea, still with Bilic.
In addition to the bad phase, Moyes has yet to deal with numerous and significant concussion problems. They are in treatment of injury the defender Jose Fonte (eight games in English Championship 2017/2018, without goal); the socks Michail Antonio (ten games, one goal) and Samuel Byram (without performances); and strikers Marko Arnautovic (ten games, no goal) and Chicharito Hernandez (11 games, four goals).
History of matches between Manchester City and West Ham
City have won their last four matches against West Ham. In the previous Premier League season, they scored 3-1 at home and 4-0 in London. Also defeated the rival, by 5 to 0, in the Glass of England. Already in the current season, in friendly, thrashed by 3 to 0.
The expectation of West Ham fans of a quick improvement in income with the resignation of Slaven Bilic, who had long had his job threatened, did not materialize. With Moyes, constant defensive failures and poor play-by-play effectiveness followed.