Sergio Aguero makes his first Metropolis begin for 4 months as Pep Guardiola rotates his squad for the go to of West Ham United.
The Membership’s report goal-scorer has made simply seven appearances from the bench since his final begin – mockingly towards West Ham in October.
He’s certainly one of seven modifications from the aspect that beat Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, John Stones. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez are additionally recalled, with a lot of the aspect that performed in Budapest on Wednesday beginning on the bench.
West Ham: Randolph, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Johnson, Fornals, Lingard, Antonio
Substitutes: Martin, Trott, Balbuena, Benrahma, Lanzini, Noble, Bowen, Odubeko
Formation and ways
With no Joao Cancelo, right here might be no ‘phantom full-back’ drifting across the midfield.
West Ham might have made plans to nullify that risk, so by chopping and altering the line-up, it makes it tough for opponents to make any detailed plans.
Sergio Aguero has needed to be affected person in his wait to return to the aspect with a collection of accidents after which Coronavirus side-lining the Metropolis legend for many of the marketing campaign.
Guardiola has been at pains to say he wouldn’t rush the Argentine again, desirous to be 100% positive he was match-fit earlier than naming him within the beginning XI.
Aguero might be hungry for objectives and is there a greater striker on the earth to be returning for the ultimate third of the season?
It’s been a tough marketing campaign for Kun, however there may be loads of time for it to change into a memorable one.
Metropolis’s record-breaking run might be examined this afternoon because the in-form Hammers roll into city.
David Moyes’ aspect have change into one of many season’s shock packages and are real Champions League challenges.
Moyes has formed a aspect which can be defensively sound, artistic and stable in midfield and harmful in assault.
They may look to proceed that run on the Etihad and on the street, they’ve misplaced simply three of their 12 matches.
In brief, that is the most effective West Ham aspect in years, and this might be a tough 90 minutes for the Premier League leaders.
STATS AND MILESTONES
- West Ham are winless in 11 video games towards Metropolis in all competitions since a 2-1 league victory at Etihad Stadium in September 2015 (D2, L9).
- The 1-1 draw on this season’s reverse fixture in October ended Metropolis’s nine-match profitable run towards the Hammers.
- Metropolis have scored in 19 successive league and cup video games towards West Ham.
- Metropolis are having fun with the longest aggressive profitable streak in historical past by an English top-flight staff. 13 of their 19 successive victories have come within the league.
- Metropolis are unbeaten in 26 video games throughout all competitions (W23, D3) – two matches shy of their longest run with out defeat beneath Pep Guardiola, set in 2017.
- Metropolis haven’t trailed at any level of their previous 17 league fixtures, conceding simply 4 objectives.
- Our tally of 15 clear sheets is essentially the most by any staff after 25 top-flight video games since 2008-09.
- The one aim conceded by Metropolis of their previous 11 aggressive house fixtures was a Ruben Dias personal aim in a 1-1 draw towards West Brom on 15 December.
- Ilkay Gündogan has scored 9 Premier League objectives in 2021, 4 greater than some other participant.
- Raheem Sterling has been concerned in 14 objectives in 15 Premier League appearances towards West Ham, scoring eight and organising six.
West Ham United
- West Ham have gained seven of their 9 Premier League video games in 2021.
- The Hammers are within the high 4 after 25 top-flight matches for the primary time since 1986, once they completed third.
- A seventh away win of the season this Saturday would equal the membership’s Premier League report for a single marketing campaign, final achieved in 2015-16.
- David Moyes has gone 40 Premier League away video games and not using a victory towards established top-six opposition since his Everton aspect beat Manchester Metropolis in December 2010 (D12, L28).
- Moyes is winless in his eight aggressive fixtures as a supervisor versus Pep Guardiola, shedding all 4 away matches.
- All 42 of Michail Antonio’s Premier League objectives have come from contained in the penalty space.