Man City 3-0 West Ham LIVE! Premier League result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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Manchester City vs West Ham LIVE!

The Etihad Stadium is the setting for another key clash at both ends of the Premier League table tonight. Man City are looking to quickly regain top spot from Arsenal with their ninth top-flight victory in a row, having been knocked back down to second place - but with two games in hand - courtesy of the Gunners’ emphatic return to winning ways against Chelsea last night.

Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have become the overwhelming favourites to successfully retain their title after winning 13 of their last 14 games, including that 4-1 demolition of Arsenal last week, with Erling Haaland now needing just one more goal to break the single-season scoring record in the Premier League. West Ham, meanwhile, had enjoyed a resurgence of late but are now only four points above the relegation zone after back-to-back losses.

The Hammers have not beaten tonight’s opponents in the league since 2015, and a sickness bug has ruled out the likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd. City rest Ederson as Stefan Ortega starts and Nathan Ake returns. Follow Manchester City vs West Ham live below, with analysis from Dom Smith at the Etihad!

Man City vs West Ham highlights

  • GOAL! Foden volleys in 1,000th goal of Guardiola era

  • GOAL! Haaland chip breaks Premier League record

  • GOAL! Ake header opens the scoring after half-time

Manchester City FC 3 - 0 West Ham United FC

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A second-half blitz on a record-breaking night takes City back to the top.

Haaland gets a guard of honour off the pitch! Wonderful scenes at the Etihad.

City will go four points clear of Arsenal if they beat Sam Allardyce’s struggling Leeds at this ground on Saturday, with the Gunners facing a tough trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

A gallant effort from depleted West Ham for most of the night, especially considering that sickness bug, but a third straight loss leaves them 15th and only four points above the drop.

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Manchester City 3-0 West Ham

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93 mins: City almost notch a last-gasp fourth as Bernardo tees up Foden, but his effort from close range is well stopped by Fabianski.

Bernardo gets man of the match from Gary Neville on Sky.

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90 mins: Three minutes of added time signalled for West Ham to endure.

City throw on Phillips in place of Rodri.

Watch: Foden scores 1,000th City goal of Guardiola era

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Watch: Haaland breaks Premier League goal record

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88 mins: Chance for a West Ham consolation, but Ortega is equal to Paqueta’s drive before Bernardo does well to block Fornals’ goal-bound effort.

GOAL! Manchester City 3-0 West Ham | Phil Foden 85'

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85 mins: It’s three!

City force another corner after unselfish play from Haaland.

It’s headed away at the front post, with Foden’s fierce left-footed volley deflecting in off Emerson, who had turned his back.

That’s City’s 1,000th goal of the Pep Guardiola era. So many huge milestones tonight.


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83 mins: City look more than happy to take the sting out of this contest now and cruise towards another comfortable win that will take them back above Arsenal to the top-flight summit.

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79 mins: Wide from Stones as City push for a third goal heading into the final 10 minutes.

Another change from Moyes as Benrahma replaces Bowen.

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76 mins: With another valuable three points now surely in the bag, Guardiola replaces Alvarez and Ake with Foden and Akanji.

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

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A two-goal deficit may now prove a mountain to climb that even David Moyes sees as insurmountable.

Grealish and Haaland combining beautifully just as they have all season. Haaland moves above Andy Cole and Alan Shearer and has now scored the outright most goals in a single Premier League campaign by an individual: 35. Bonkers.

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73 mins: West Ham have aquitted themselves very well indeed tonight for the most part, but that’s surely the end of their chances of getting anything from this game.

Paqueta now down after an innocent-looking challenge from Rodri.

GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 West Ham | Erling Haaland 70'

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70 mins: Haaland breaks the record for the most goals in a single Premier League campaign EVER!

West Ham are in huge trouble as they give it away too easily to Bernardo and Grealish releases the Norwegian goal machine at just the right time.

Haaland is as cool and composed as ever as he lifts a deft chip effortlessly over the onrushing Fabianski and in.

His 35th goal of the top-flight season sees him move one clear of previous record-holders Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

Just sublime. His 51st of the season altogether, with many more to come I’m sure.

A total phenomenon.

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68 mins: Alvarez certainly doesn’t need a second invitation to shoot and his latest curled effort from long-range goes past Ogbonna before being held by a diving Fabianski.

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66 mins: A really poor delivery from Alvarez goes straight out of play for a goal kick.

Ings is now on for Antonio, who doesn’t look best pleased about going off.

But he gets an explanation from Moyes as he trudges to his seat on the bench.

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65 mins: It’s all gone a little bit flat for City since the goal and those quick-fire penalty shouts.

Guardiola must be mulling over changes.

Johnson’s foul on Grealish offers Alvarez the chance to swing in a free-kick from wide on the left.

Danny Ings is preparing to come on for West Ham, meanwhile.

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63 mins: West Ham have enjoyed a good few minutes here and end up forcing another corner that Rodri looks to miss completely at the front post.

Another is punched clear bravely by Ortega, with bodies piling into that six-yard box.

They aren’t out of this yet.

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61 mins: Coufal limps off, with Johnson on. Another fitness blow for Moyes.

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59 mins: A rare foray forward from West Ham just before the hour mark as Coufal gets down the right and his cross is steered safely behind by Walker with Bowen lurking menacingly behind.

Coufal is in trouble here, looks like he’s done his hamstring. Ben Johnson is on the West Ham bench.

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57 mins: West Ham are living exceptionally dangerously with two City penalty shouts in a matter of moments.

First Kehrer goes through Haaland to get to the ball with a risky challenge inside the box, then Stones goes down while being challenged by Ogbonna from the corner.

Nothing doing from the referee or VAR, much to Moyes’ relief.

Watch: Ake scores first Premier League goal this season

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Ogbonna was so good in the first half, but he’s cost West Ham there....

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

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That goal will feel like a real killer for West Ham. They had been so defensively diligent in the first half. To then concede a header from a free-kick to an unmarked centre-back shows a sudden loss of concentration.

And so soon after the break too...

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53 mins: West Ham are suddenly looking very vulnerable, with the pacy Alvarez looking to take advantage.

Space opens up and Haaland combines with Grealish, with his ball intended for Mahrez in the middle blocked as Fabianski unwisely comes racing off his line.

A big test of character ahead for West Ham now. City have found their groove and there’s a lot of time left.

GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 West Ham | Nathan Ake 50'

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50 mins: City break the deadlock within five minutes of the interval!

After Downes’ foul on Grealish, Mahrez whips in a delicious free-kick that Ake heads in off a touch from Fabianski.

Really poor from Ogbonna, who was playing everyone onside and then left Ake free as he got sucked towards the ball in a failed attempt to clear.

West Ham’s stubborn resistance is broken.


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48 mins: Very clever from Grealish as he charges forward and whips the ball away from a hopelessly telegraphed sliding challenge from Downes.

He takes the contact and Downes is booked.

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47 mins: City are straight on the front foot but Alvarez can’t get on the end of a pass into the box.

West Ham push forward through Paqueta and Antonio winds up a long throw that City head clear.

Second half

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The teams are back out at the Etihad.

No changes from Guardiola or Moyes at the break.

Can West Ham give London rivals Arsenal a huge boost in their title quest?

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Sky Sports report that is only the third time that City have failed to score in the first half at the Etihad all season.

City have won 14 of their 16 home matches in the league this term, losing only once.

A big second half awaits in the title race. Can West Ham hold their nerve?

Dom Smith at the Etihad

20:55 , George Flood

City have certainly been the better side at the halfway point at the Etihad Stadium. But West Ham have held firm, won their aerial battles at the back when crosses have been fed for Erling Haaland, and if it stays like this, how interesting this result might prove at both ends of the table.

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An admirable and spirited effort from the depleted Hammers so far. City have hit the woodwork twice through Rodri and Grealish, but otherwise they’ve been off the pace despite having 80 per cent of the possession.

Is there hope for Arsenal yet?


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45 mins: Just the one minute of added time signalled at the end of this first half.

City press for the opener before the break, but again it’s solid defending from Ogbonna.

He has repelled everything that has gone into that West Ham box so far tonight.

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43 mins: The body language isn’t great from frustrated City at the moment as Grealish plays a pass into no one.

But Alvarez is now free running down the middle and the home fans want a penalty after Haaland goes down while tussling with Kehrer.

City’s latest cross is then headed away by Ogbonna.

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41 mins: West Ham lump a hopeful free-kick forward with half-time approaching.

It’s flicked high into the air by Antonio and Ake gets there ahead of Bowen, with Fornals then lashing an ambitious volley into orbit.

Half a chance for the Hammers, though a very difficult one.

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39 mins: Bernardo is very busy in and around the West Ham box and a smart cutback is intercepted in the nick of time.

Guardiola is currently wearing a very pained expression down on the touchline.

West Ham are keeping their shape, concentration and discipline very well.

They deserve to get in at half-time level at 0-0.


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37 mins: Grealish is felled and a dangerous Mahrez free-kick almost falls kindly for Haaland.

West Ham can’t get out as City pile on the pressure, with Bernardo then falling backwards under the challenge of Ogbonna and asking for a penalty.

Nothing given.

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34 mins: A crucial touch from Kehrer to stop the influential Rodri in his tracks after Grealish had twisted and turned against Coufal and Stones had then tried to release the Spaniard into that left channel.

Rodri heads the resulting corner back across goal and Stones ends up nodding well wide.

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

20:36 , George Flood

City are piling on the pressure now. How Rodri has not just scored, I do not know.

Lovely one-two with Haaland, through on goal, then hits the post and it skids across the goal line but stays out. A sigh of relief from the away end, who had a perfect view of just how close that was.

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32 mins: City hit the woodwork again!

This really should be 1-0 as Rodri plays a delightful give-and-go with Haaland, getting into the box and shaping a right-footed effort that clatters off the base of the post.

The ball then skids along the goal line but stays out!

A major reprieve for West Ham.

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30 mins: Most of the City danger is coming down that left-hand side.

City initially work it right and then switch quickly, with Grealish cutting inside and trying to beat Fabianski at his near post.

The Pole gets a key touch as the ball deflects wide off the post. But it’s a goal kick given!

Grealish is incensed.

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28 mins: Ortega shanks a clearance straight out of play, much to the delight of the travelling West Ham contingent.

Chance for Bowen from a tight angle! That’s a sharp stop from Ortega.

City need to wake up a bit.

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26 mins: The sleepy home crowd are getting into this now as City continue to up the tempo.

Alvarez is looking very dangerous as the link man between midfield and attack, West Ham need to close down his space wherever possible.

Paqueta and Downes are faring okay as things stand.

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24 mins: This is better from City as Alvarez works brilliantly between the lines, picking up space and playing the ball out to Grealish, whose inventive cross is just too high for the leaping Mahrez and goes wide off Haaland at the back post.

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23 mins: Two big headers from Ogbonna as City ramp up the pressure, Grealish looking for Haaland with a cross to the back post.

But the Italian heads behind before thumping clear the resulting corner.

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22 mins: Antonio runs it out of play but West Ham are back on the ball, growing in confidence with great play from the skilled Lucas Paqueta.

He links up well with Emerson and tries to float in a cross for Bowen, but it’s too close to Ortega.

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

20:24 , George Flood

West Ham are definitely growing into the match now, midway through the first half.

They’re certainly not the dominant side... but they’re seeing a lot more of the ball and are spreading it to wide players Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta quite nicely.

Can they capitalise?

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20 mins: Haaland has been very quiet indeed so far with limited service as City try a more direct approach into the box, but West Ham’s makeshift defence stand firm.

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19 mins: Grealish will always have his moments, but Coufal is combatting his threat well so far tonight.

West Ham are really getting penned in now, but the final ball from City is still sorely lacking.

If Antonio can remain a decent out ball for the Hammers, he looks capable of posing Dias problems on the counter.


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17 mins: This is far from vintage City at the moment, with Mahrez fluffing his lines and Guardiola cutting an animated figure on the sidelines.

Moyes will be more than content with this start from his depleted West Ham team.

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15 mins: That’s a crucial last-ditch block and piece of anticipation from Cresswell to cut out Alvarez’s squared ball that would have given Haaland a tap-in.

West Ham were far too open on the counter there, with Grealish leading the charge.

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13 mins: City are looking a bit sloppy and edgy early on here.

Now Walker is perhaps fortunate to avoid a caution for taking down Emerson, who had linked up well with Antonio around the box.

The hosts could very easily have two defenders in the book already tonight.

The free-kick is headed clear and Antonio comes close to closing down Ortega, but the German manages to clear his lines.

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11 mins: Alert defending from Downes and West Ham try to push on, with Antonio wiped out by a poor sliding challenge from Ruben Dias.

No idea how that’s not a booking from referee John Brooks.

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

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Jack Grealish is seeing a lot of ball on Manchester City’s left flank at the moment.

Vladimir Coufal is keeping tabs on him well so far, but it feels like that is very much the wing from which the hosts are having most joy so far...

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9 mins: Ominous from City as Bernardo and Grealish link up nicely again in that left channel, with the latter picking out Mahrez for a sweeping effort that Fabianski sees late and has to get down to push wide with a strong hand.

Ake can’t get his subsequent header from the corner on target.

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7 mins: West Ham give the ball away and City are on it and forward in a flash, with Grealish drifting down the left and playing it back for Bernardo, who hurdles a challenge from Coufal.

City have a corner, but the Czech full-back is convinced that the ball went out off the Portuguese. Replays show he has a point.

West Ham promptly clear the set-piece.

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5 mins: Grealish tries to wriggle free for City, while Walker has twice tried to play balls inside Coufal.

Alvarez can’t keep hold of the ball to fashion another attack, but his work-rate to try and immediately win it back is exemplary.

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3 mins: City are monopolising possession in the early exchanges, which will surprise absolutely no one.

But West Ham are pushing up and pressing where they can, not merely sitting back and waiting to be opened up.

Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

20:05 , George Flood

Noticeable that David Moyes has only slightly tweaked his formation due to the illness-enforced absences. It’s very much a 5-4-1 in defence for the Hammers, which becomes a 4-2-3-1 with Emerson pushing up on the left of the three when they get the ball.

Keeping City at bay currently, but very, very early days here...

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2 mins: Guardiola was involved in some intense discussions with Haaland and Rodri before kick-off.

City start on the front foot immediately as you might expect, with Alvarez playing a nifty one-two with Haaland before unleashing a drive from range that is well held by Fabianski.

The Argentine World Cup winner was looking for an early repeat of his fine goal from Craven Cottage on Sunday.


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Underway at the Etihad!

Manchester City need a win to go back above Arsenal in the title race.

This could be a long night for depleted West Ham...

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Here come the teams at the Etihad!

Looked like it was bouncing outside a little earlier, but there’s a bit of a subdued atmosphere ahead of kick-off.

Can West Ham take advantage of any hints of complacency?

Without the likes of Rice, Aguerd, Soucek and Zouma, it is an incredibly tall order...

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Here’s the full quotes from Moyes to Sky on West Ham’s sickness bug...

“We had worked on the team yesterday, but unfortunately overnight, three of them took ill, so we had to change it around. Hopefully it’s not too bad sickness,” he said.

“We had named some of the players who are not here in the side, but two or three of them at the moment are unwell — and there’s nothing we can do about it. It only happened today.

“We sent the players home about 2 o’clock today, so it was too late to really bring any of the young boys up to add to the bench.”

Standard Sport’s Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium

19:44 , George Flood

It’s a significant blow for West Ham to lose senior players like Rice, Soucek and Aguerd to illness today.

David Moyes looked somewhat exhausted when explaining the situation in his pre-match interview, and who can really blame him?

It will be interesting to see how much it impacts them psychologically during the match.

Moyes: Three West Ham players took ill overnight

19:38 , George Flood

In his own pre-match interview with Sky, David Moyes confirms that three West Ham players who were due to start took ill overnight, scuppering his best-laid selection plans.

“Hopefully it’s not too bad, sickness,” he said.

Moyes also says it was too late to call up any youngsters to fill out his bench, hence only having five outfield subs tonight.

“Anything we can get from this game will be a bonus,” he adds.

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Guardiola confirms Ederson rested

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Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, Pep Guardiola confirms that it is just a rest for Ederson tonight rather than any injury concern.

“To rest a little bit. So we had a lot of games. For the mentality, to take a rest is good,” he said of his goalkeeper selection.

“We have a lot of confidence with Stefan (Ortega), and try for everyone to be involved.”

And while he isn’t involved again tonight, Guardiola also added that De Bruyne “feels better” and should be available to face Leeds on Saturday.

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Three City changes with Ederson on bench

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The biggest surprise from a City perspective is Ederson only being named as a substitute and deputy Stefan Ortega taking over in goal.

There is still no Kevin De Bruyne in the squad, but Nathan Ake is back in the starting XI after shaking off that hamstring issue. He replaces Manuel Akanji.

Julian Alvarez continues to deputise for De Bruyne after that super goal at Fulham, but Ilkay Gundogan drops to the bench as Bernardo Silva gets the nod in midfield.

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Rice, Soucek and Aguerd all miss out for West Ham

19:20 , George Flood

Plenty to pick out of that surprising team news.

It sounds like West Ham have been hit hard by a late sickness bug, with Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd all surprise absentees from a somewhat depleted matchday squad that only contains seven substitutes including two goalkeepers.

There are four changes to the starting XI in total from the 4-3 defeat by Crystal Palace, with Kurt Zouma potentially missing the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage. Angelo Ogbonna, Thilo Kehrer, Aaron Cresswell and Flynn Downes all come in.

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West Ham lineup

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Starting XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Emerson Palmieri, Downes, Lucas Paqueta, Bowen, Fornals, Cresswell, Antonio

Subs: Johnson, Lanzini, Areola, Cornet, Ings, Benrahma, Anang

Man City lineup

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Starting XI: Ortega, Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish, Haaland

Subs: Ederson, Phillips, Gundogan, Laporte, Gomez, Akanji, Perrone, Foden, Lewis

Lineups next

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Official team news on the way from the Etihad.

Stay tuned!

Moyes thankful for West Ham stability as sackings continue

18:52 , George Flood

The managerial casualty list in the Premier League has grown ever longer over recent weeks, with interim bosses far from safe after the likes of Cristian Stellini and Javi Gracia were both shown the door by Tottenham and Leeds respectively.

14 managers have now lost their jobs in total this season in the top-flight alone, with David Moyes grateful that the West Ham hierachy did not wilt under pressure and add him to that list during some very dark periods in 2022-23.

"It's a big part of the game that managers are losing their jobs much quicker now," said Moyes.

"If you are going to keep chopping and changing, I wouldn't be sure it's the right thing for football clubs for continuity, stability, the growth you are trying to get.

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"Maybe the clubs now have got too much money and they can afford to keep changing direction all the time.

"I don't think I can ever remember the Premier League having as many interim managers in different roles and different changes.

"It's not for me to look at it, but maybe a lot of clubs may look back at it and think, 'did we make the right decision?'"

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The early pre-match scene at a sunny Etihad, where plenty of home fans have clamoured to see their City stars off the bus, no doubt keen for at least a fleeting glimpse of the man of the moment...

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Moyes: Terrific Haaland is ‘icing on the City cake'

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Erling Haaland has been a hot topic of conversation for both managers in the build-up to this game as he prepares to set the new single-season Premier League goal record.

David Moyes was full of praise for a player who notched his first City League goals with a stylish brace at the London Stadium back in August, calling him the “icing on the cake” for Pep Guardiola.

"They have got a great team and I think that's topped off by Haaland," Moyes said.

"He's the icing on the cake for them. I think they've got so many good players who can create chances, he's such a good finisher and if you get him in those right positions he's capable of scoring.

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"I think anybody can come into the Premier League and do well, but as well as that... it's incredible.

"I think they've got a team which can give this player great opportunities.

"He's a terrific finisher, whether it's his head or his feet, running in behind or scoring inside the box, he certainly has all the attributes as a really top goalscorer.

"He's got a team behind him that quite often try to make it easy for him to score."

Guardiola: Don’t compare Haaland to Messi

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Erling Haaland’s incredible exploits have seen him long since earn favourable comparisons to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the prolific Norwegian and Kylian Mbappe widely considered as the next true footballing superstars.

However, Pep Guardiola believes being mentioned alongside Messi in particular is not helpful to the City talisman.

"No-one can compare with Messi. It will not help Erling,” he said.

"Messi is the most complete player I have seen in terms of vision, dribbles, passes, competitiveness, in many things that are difficult.

"Hopefully Erling can be so close (to) Leo, that will be great for us and him, but I don't help anyone to compare them with the Argentina player."

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Guardiola warns Haaland can ‘get even better'

18:11 , George Flood

It feels totally ridiculous that there were times in this City season where many questioned if Erling Haaland was actually a big issue for City in their quest for a fifth title in six years.

Some considered it an overreliance on his goals, others that his involvement forced Pep Guardiola to always play a certain way that did not get the best out of his other galaxy of fleet-footed stars.

Those odd complaints now feel like a distant memory with the boss ominously warning this week that his phenomenal No9, still only 22 years old, can and will get ever better.

"Always I've said with Erling it will be tough when you look at what he has done - and if he doesn't score the goals like he's scoring now people will say, 'Oh, he's in a bad situation' - but his game can improve a lot,” Guardiola said.


"I wouldn't say in the box but in the game itself, the movements. I think he has that feeling, 'Is that enough?', and I think he has the desire to get better as a player. As long as he has that he can do it."

Pep added: "I know him a bit and he is so competitive and positive in his mindset. He has this incredible, positive self-confidence. It's not arrogance.

"It's self-confidence to say I am going to score and to arrive in his first season and score 50 already and equal the record for two legends in Andy Cole and Alan Shearer."

Erling Haaland eyes Premier League single-season goal record

17:58 , George Flood

Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland continues to be utterly otherworldly, equalling or breaking records seemingly every single week.

With his penalty at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Haaland became the first top-flight player to reach 50 goals across all competitions in a single season since Tom ‘Pongo’ Waring of Aston Villa last did it all the way back in 1930-31.

And even more incredibly, he needed only 44 matches in which to do it.

34 of those 50 goals in his frankly ridiculous first City campaign have come in the Premier League, and one more tonight would see Haaland break the single-season record in the division currently held jointly by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

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Man City vs West Ham prediction

17:44 , George Flood

It’s now three months since Man City were beaten by anyone, while they have not lost at home since November. Everything points to another routine victory.

West Ham have certainly improved in recent weeks, but they looked incredibly vulnerable against Palace last time out and that does not bode well ahead of a trip to the Etihad.

Man City to win, 3-0.

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West Ham team news

17:42 , George Flood

West Ham will be without Kurt Zouma tonight after the French defender suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s seven-goal thriller at Crystal Palace.

Though he avoided a break, Zouma did sustain ligament damage and faces a race to play again in the Premier League this season.

However, he could return if West Ham reach the Europa Conference League final in Prague on June 7.

“We’re still assessing Kurt at the moment, so I wouldn’t want to say just now on a timescale,” David Moyes said on Tuesday.

“It’s ankle ligaments and will be a few weeks.

“But Kurt’s a bit different, he’s incredibly good at getting himself ready and back fit. So we’re hopeful he would be fine if we were to get to the final.”

West Ham’s only other known absentee at present is Gianluca Scamacca, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Predicted West Ham XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Aguerd, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Paqueta, Fornals; Antonio.


Man City team news

17:38 , George Flood

It remains to be seen if Kevin De Bruyne will play any part for Manchester City tonight.

The Belgian maestro missed Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham having picked up an unspecified injury during his superb display against Arsenal last week.

De Bruyne had some involvement at City training on Monday, but did not participate in the full session and remains doubtful for the visit of West Ham.

However, versatile defender Nathan Ake could return tonight after shaking off a hamstring issue.

“Nathan trained yesterday and feels good,” Pep Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.

“Kevin’s started to move but didn’t train with the team - we have training in a few hours, and we’ll see how they feel.”

City have no fresh injury concerns, meanwhile.

Predicted Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Mahrez, Gundogan, Alvarez, Grealish; Haaland.

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How to watch Man City vs West Ham

17:33 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.

Live stream: The Sky Go app will allow subscribers to be able to watch on a live stream across mobile devices, laptops, games consoles, tablets and more.

Welcome to Man City vs West Ham LIVE coverage!

17:27 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of Manchester City vs West Ham.

It’s another huge game at both ends of the Premier League table tonight, with juggernaut City looking for a ninth consecutive top-flight win that would see them quickly regain top spot from title rivals Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s dominant side will be huge favourites to overcome the Hammers, who had enjoyed a domestic resurgence under David Moyes as well as reaching the Europa Conference League semi-finals, but still hover only four points above relegation danger after a pair of back-to-back losses to stunt their momentum.

Kick-off tonight is at 8pm BST, so stay tuned for all the latest team news, match build-up and live updates, with analysis across the evening from Standard Sport’s Dom Smith at the Etihad Stadium.

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