Manchester City stage thrilling fightback to keep Premier League title fight in their hands

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West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski saves a penalty from Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez - Action Images via Reuters
West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski saves a penalty from Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez - Action Images via Reuters
  • Jarrod Bowen brace puts West Ham 2-0 up at half time

  • Jack Grealish pulls one back before Vladimir Coufal steers into his own net from Riyad Mahrez free kick

  • Lukasz Fabianski saves Mahrez penalty in last five minutes to deny Manchester City win

On 86 minutes Riyad Mahrez had the chance to win the Premier League title for Manchester City. He could have effectively ended it there. He could have sent City six points clear and with a goal difference eight better than Liverpool, even if they have two games left to play.

Mahrez could have taken away the stress and drama and uncertainty that we are deliciously anticipating on the final day but instead his penalty kick was saved and so there is the prospect of a genuine Super Sunday in which there might – just – be another twist.

If City defeat Aston Villa – Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa as if anyone needed reminding with Gerrard likely to field Philippe Coutinho – at home they will be Premier League champions and so their destiny is theirs to define. But if Liverpool defeat Southampton away on Tuesday then anything short of victory at the Etihad might not be enough.

If City’s nerves were shredded by this game then what of Liverpool’s? They would not have dared to dream that West Ham, through the irrepressible Jarrod Bowen, would have claimed a 2-0 lead by half-time. They would have watched on disbelieving at City’s frankly awful defending and they would have despaired as Pep Guardiola’s side mounted their stirring comeback especially as they scored through a deflection and an own goal. And there would have been anguish as West Ham failed to take chances to still go on and win it. In fact this game was as dramatic as the penalty shoot-out that settled the FA Cup Final.

It was emotional. It was draining and it certainly was chaotic as, in the end, City came back from two-down for the first time in a decade in the league and, therefore, showed the mark of the champions-elect that they continue to be.

There was further emotion for West Ham who said farewell to Mark Noble in what was the captain’s last home match as he retires after an 18-year career at the club. But, in the bigger picture, it was City who risked waving goodbye to the title. If they had one hand on the trophy having destroyed Wolverhampton Wanderers last Wednesday – Liverpool’s last day opponents at Anfield – then here they certainly risked letting it slip.

There were tears from Noble, who came on as a second-half substitute and played his part, and how fitting it felt that he helped deliver European football for West Ham with this result and for the second campaign in a row. Whether it is the Europa League or Conference League remains to be seen but West Ham and their manager David Moyes are certainly deserving and it was a nice touch from Guardiola to bow down before Noble at the final whistle.

Mark Noble is surrounded by media as he says farewell to the West Ham fans - Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images
Mark Noble is surrounded by media as he says farewell to the West Ham fans - Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Just what was wrong with City?

It was a defensive high line that was full of all sorts of kinks and so West Ham set traps. They ceded possession – they probably did not have much choice in that – but soaked it up and were absolutely lethal on the counter-attack in the first-half.

Both of Bowen’s strikes came from Lukas Fabianski kicks. For the first Pablo Fornals shrewdly hooked the ball forward after Michail Antonio challenged Fernandinho with Bowen running through. It was Aymeric Laporte who played him onside with Bowen chesting the ball down, rounding Ederson and finishing brilliantly from a tight angle.

Jarrod Bowen goes past Manchester City's Ederson before scoring his side's first goal - Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images
Jarrod Bowen goes past Manchester City's Ederson before scoring his side's first goal - Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images

Then on half-time it was Tomas Soucek heading on Fabianski’s kick with Antonio lifting the ball on for Bowen. This time it was Oleksandr Zinchenko at fault, and once again the finish was outstanding as Bowen ran on, steadied himself and with Fernandinho slow to close him down he shot low, through the defender’s legs and back across Ederson. Yet again Bowen pushed his case for an England call-up.

On the touchline Guardiola looked stunned. Utterly stunned. City had inevitably dominated but for all that they had not really threatened. They had 78 per cent possession in the opening period, they had 13 shots and they had pushed West Ham back but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was largely untroubled.

There was a sense of ‘wow’ around the stadium and then a sharp intake of breath as City scored early in the second-half with Rodri heading the ball to Jack Grealish on the edge of the penalty area and his volley ricocheting up off Craig Dawson as he attempted to block to fly beyond Fabianski.

Jack Grealish celebrates scoring Manchester City's first goal - Action Images via Reuters
Jack Grealish celebrates scoring Manchester City's first goal - Action Images via Reuters

It fueled their belief and they inevitably poured forward but the defending remained rank from Laporte and Zinchenko with Bowen afforded another chance before shooting into the side-netting. And there was more as Fernandinho woefully under-hit a back pass straight to Antonio who miscued awfully his attempt to chip Ederson as the goalkeeper rushed out. What a chance.

And so City capitalised. After Antonio fouled Laporte, the free-kick was swung across by Mahrez with Vladimir Coufal diving to intervene. Unfortunately for West Ham the ball skimmed off his head and into the corner of the goal. Just to show how fine the margins are there was a significant touch from a defender at the other end with Soucek directing a header to Bowen whose shot struck Laporte and diverted wide.

Then came the penalty, rightly awarded after a VAR check when Dawson caught Gabriel Jesus. Mahrez took the ball and it seemed over – the game and the title race – until Fabianski flung himself to his left to superbly turn the kick away for a corner. It is not over. Not yet.

West Ham vs Manchester City, as it happened:

03:18 PM

Fabianski's penalty save, which takes it to the final day of the season if Liverpool beat Southampton on Tuesday

03:16 PM

Everton vs Brentford

Everton host Brentford in the 4:30pm kick off.

A win would secure Everton's Premier League survival. Even a draw could be enough. Follow our live blog here.

02:58 PM

Full time results across all the 2pms

  • Aston Villa 1 Crystal Palace 1

  • Leeds 1 Brighton 1

  • Watford 1 Leicester 5

  • West Ham 2 Man City 2

  • Wolverhampton 1 Norwich 1

02:56 PM

Full time: West Ham 2 Man City 2

Well, dropped points for City at the London Stadium. Mahrez had an opportunity to seal it with that penalty.

Bowen had a marvelous first half, but he could barely get into the game in the second. Overall, though, West Ham fans will be satisfied with today's effort.

Liverpool could now get to within one point of City if they beat Southampton on Tuesday night. All to play for going into the final weekend of the season, but it's still in City's hands.

Pep Guardiola at full time - IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images
Pep Guardiola at full time - IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images

02:53 PM

90 + 2 mins GOAL Leeds 1 Brighton 1

Pascal Struijk with a header inside the six-yard box to level it late on at Elland Road!

02:52 PM

90 + 3 mins

West Ham hit City on the counter.

Jesus puts in a foul on Bowen to stop the move in its tracks,, on the halfway line. He gets a yellow, but he knew it had to be stopped.

02:49 PM

90 + 1 mins - West Ham sub

Fornals off, Johnson on.

02:48 PM

90 mins West Ham 2 Man City 2

Four minutes of added time to come at the London Stadium.

02:48 PM

86 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 5

Oh dear Watford, this isn't how Roy Hodgson wanted to see his managerial career end.

Harvey Barnes makes it five, assisted by James Maddison.

02:44 PM

81 mins GOAL Aston Villa 1 Crystal Palace 1

Jeffrey Schlupp fires in from close range for a Palace equaliser at Villa Park.

02:43 PM

84 mins MISSED PENALTY West Ham 2 Man City 2

Fabianski saves Mahrez' penalty, diving to his left!

02:42 PM

84 mins PENALTY West Ham 2 Man City 2

Following an on-field VAR review.

02:40 PM

82 mins West Ham 2 Man City 2

Penalty shout for City here as Jesus is sent flying by Dawson.

02:37 PM

79 mins West Ham 2 Man City 2

Grealish skips into the West Ham box from the left flank, beating two or three claret shirts before getting a shot away. Out for a corner.

City are searching for that winner which would all but secure the title for this season.

02:35 PM

Coufal's own goal

02:35 PM

70 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 4

Vardy makes it four at Vicarage Road!

02:34 PM

76 mins - sub for West Ham

Mark Noble comes on for his last home appearance. A standing ovation for the club captain.

He replaces Lanzini.

02:33 PM

74 mins West Ham 2 Man City 2

Close chance for Bowen!

A cross comes into the box, Soucek heads it down for Bowen, who fires his volley towards goal, but Laporte is there to deflect it out for a corner.

02:31 PM

69 mins GOAL Aston Villa 1 Crystal Palace 0

Ollie Watkins puts the home side ahead at Villa Park.

02:27 PM

68 mins GOAL West Ham 2 Man City 2

It looks like it's a Coufal own goal!

It's a great ball in by Mahrez, left-footed, from a free kick on the left, about 25 yards out. The delivery is beautifully weighted, and Coufal nudges it and puts it into the back of his own net.

Coufal scores an own goal - REUTERS
Coufal scores an own goal - REUTERS

02:22 PM

64 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

Antonio goes close!

Fernandinho thinks he's passing back to his keeper, but Antonio latches onto the end of it. The West Ham forward takes his shot early, but it's over Ederson's crossbar.

02:21 PM

63 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

A mistake from Laporte almost allows Antonio to go through on goal. It falls out wide to Bowen, who cuts inside, looking for a hat-trick. He shoots from wide and ripples the side-netting.

City need to be careful on West Ham's counter - the London side look very lively on their rare breaks.

Antonio - Action Images via Reuters
Antonio - Action Images via Reuters

02:18 PM

58 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

De Bruyne free kick after Coufal foul. Coufal gets a yellow for that.

De Bruyne takes a slow run-up, trying to curl it through with his right foot, but it's over Fabianski's crossbar.

The West ham keeper gets a yellow for time wasting in the resulting goal kick.

02:15 PM

55 mins GOAL Wolves 1 Norwich 1

Rayan Aït-Nouri gets the equaliser for Wolves with a header from a set piece.

02:14 PM

55 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

Bernardo Silva with a volleyed effort, edge of the six-yard box, after Grealish hooks back in a Mahrez cross.

Fabianski does enough to keep it out. City are looking better this second half. Threatening on every attack.

02:12 PM

Grealish's goal

02:11 PM

54 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

Antonio receives some treatment after going down in the West Ham box during the City corner.

It looks like he'll be ok though.

02:10 PM

53 mins West Ham 2 Man City 1

Jesus tries to find an angle as he moves deeper into the West Ham box. He gets a shot away, but he's very wide, and Rice is able to cover that and put it out for a corner.

02:09 PM

46 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 3

Leicester have scored another after Watford opened the account at Vicarage Road.

Harvey Barnes with a left-footed shot slotted into the bottom left corner.

02:07 PM

48 mins GOAL West Ham 2 Man City 1

Jack Grealish pulls one back!

Soucek tries to clear as he battles with Rodri as a floated pass comes in from outside the box, following the corner, but it drops to Grealish, edge of the box, who drills his volley into the ground and beyond Fabianski.

02:03 PM

46 mins West Ham 2 Man City 0

Grealish and Mahrez look like they've pulled wider now to allow De Bruyne and Silva to operate with more space through the middle.

02:02 PM

Second half

We're back under way at the London Stadium

01:59 PM

The Jarrod Bowen show

01:55 PM

Zinchenko has been defensively shaky

He's failed to pick up Bowen on both occasions, being slow to the danger posed by West Ham's on-form 25-year-old attacking midfielder.

01:51 PM

Bowen doubles West Ham's lead

01:50 PM

Half time scores across the five 2pms

  • Aston Villa 0 Crystal Palace 0

  • Leeds 0 Brighton 1

  • Watford 1 Leicester 2

  • West Ham 2 Man City 0

  • Wolverhampton 0 Norwich 1

01:49 PM

Half time: West Ham 2 Man City 0

This wasn't in Pep's script!

Jarrod Bowen has taken his chances fantastically, undoing City's unusually shaky defence on both occasions.

Man City were in charge that half, but couldn't make any of their chances count.

Bowen celebrates scoring his second goal - Clive Rose/Getty Images
Bowen celebrates scoring his second goal - Clive Rose/Getty Images

01:47 PM

45 mins GOAL West Ham 2 Man City 0

Bowen gets a second!

It's a goal kick, flicked on by Soucek to Antonio, who spots Bowen's run, sends the England midfielder on his way, who skips inside Zinchenko, and fires clinically past Ederson.

Bowen scores West Ham's second goal - REUTERS
Bowen scores West Ham's second goal - REUTERS

01:45 PM

44 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Coufal trips Grealish, left-edge of the West Ham box.

A City free kick in a threatening position here, on the cusp of half time.

De Bruyne takes it, but it's straight at Fabianski. He was probably looking for someone to get a flick on that.

01:43 PM

41 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Antonio charges down the left flank, outmuscling Cancelo. He manages to get a cross in, but it's behind Lanzini and Fornals who have made their way up into the City box.

01:41 PM

37 mins GOAL Wolverhampton 0 Norwich 1

Teemu Pukki gets his side off the mark at the Molineux. I think that's his 11th of the season.

01:39 PM

37 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Zinchenko with a left-footed shot from distance, dropping to him after the ball is headed out by the Hammers defence from a City cross. Just wide of Fabianski's left-hand post.

01:38 PM

36 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Jesus with a great bit of footwork to shimmy and turn the Hammers defenders inside-out in the West Ham box.

He manages to get a shot away, but it's deflected away. City will come again though.

01:35 PM

West Ham's goal

01:32 PM

32 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Antonio is fouled, about 25 yards out, on the left-hand side. West Ham free kick.

It's swung in towards Rice, but City clear.

Bowen gets a yellow for a foul on Grealish as City try to break.

Bowen foul on Grealish - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Bowen foul on Grealish - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

01:30 PM

28 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

Laporte with a strong left-footed effort that fizzes over Fabianski's bar.

He was unchallenged striding towards the West Ham box. The Hammers thought there should've been a foul given in the build-up, which probably explains how they allowed Laporte to end up getting his shot away.

01:28 PM

27 mins West Ham 1 Man City 0

West Ham try to break again, but it's shut down by City.

The Hammers regain possession, looking more confident now. Coufal wins his side a corner.

01:27 PM

22 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 2

Jamie Vardy has put Leicester ahead now with his headed effort!

01:25 PM

23 mins GOAL West Ham 1 Man City 0

Jarrod Bowen! West Ham hit City on the break, Zinchenko switches off, allowing Bowen to go one-on-one with Ederson. Bowen rounds the City keeper, going to his left, before firing in.

Jarrod Bowen gets past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson - PA
Jarrod Bowen gets past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson - PA

01:23 PM

21 mins GOAL Leeds 0 Brighton 1

Danny Welbeck has broken the deadlock at Elland Road.

01:22 PM

18 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 1

An equaliser at Vicarage Road. James Maddison is the man with a left-footed finish from the centre of the Watford box, fired into the top-right corner.

01:20 PM

19 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

Mahrez cuts a cross in towards Grealish, but the England international times his jump poorly and can't direct it towards the West Ham goal. It looks like his view of the cross might have been obstructed, to be fair.

01:19 PM

17 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

West Ham with an attack of their own, courtesy of Antonio. He's crowded out by three City defenders in the City box in the end. He's on his own without support. West Ham are struggling to break in unity.

01:17 PM

16 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

De Bruyne delivers one into the box, from outside. Fabianski jumps to it, drops it, but then gathers on the second time of asking.

A round of applause in the stadium to celebrate Mark Noble, number 16, at 16 minutes. It's his last West Ham home game today.

01:16 PM

15 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

Jesus tries to turn in the West Ham penalty area, with the ball coming at him from the right.

But Zouma is all over him, and he can't come up with the finish. Quick VAR check for a penalty shout there, but it's not given.

01:14 PM

13 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

West Ham are sitting very deep here, allowing City to pass around, look for those gaps.

City are yet to really trouble Fabianski yet, so it seems to be working for the moment...

01:12 PM

10 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

Jesus tries to slot a shot from the central edge of the West Ham box.

No way through there. He probably could've tried a pass there instead. But City are back in possession quickly and they're building again.

01:09 PM

6 mins GOAL Watford 1 Leicester 0

João Pedro scores with a right-footed effort following a corner.

01:08 PM

7 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

City looking to settle in here, getting plenty of touches across the midfielders and forwards.

Grealish down the left byline, but he's shunted out by the Hammers defence. Fabianski goal kick.

01:05 PM

4 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

Mahrez delivers a free kick in from the left. De Bruyne jumps over it, and Mahrez sends it in, but it's headed away well by the West Ham defence.

01:04 PM

We're under way across the other four 2pm KOs

We'll have updates here throughout.

01:04 PM

2 mins West Ham 0 Man City 0

West Ham build from the back, with a long ball from Fabianski, which Bowen touches down superbly on the right side of the pitch. He strides towards the City box, cuts inside and floats a cross into Antonio and Lanzini in the mixer, but it's scrambled away by the City defence.

01:02 PM

Match stats

  • Man City have failed to win each of their last two visits to the London Stadium after winning their first five visits in a row.

  • City have lost just once away from home in the Premier League this season.

  • West Ham are without a win in each of their last 12 Premier League meetings with City.

  • West Ham have scored in all 18 of their Premier League home games this season.

01:00 PM

Kick off!

City get us started.

12:57 PM

The players are on their way out the tunnel at the London Stadium

A reminder of the line-ups this afternoon:

West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio.

Subs: Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Areola, Noble, Fredericks, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral, Okoflex.

Man City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Grealish.

Subs: Ake, Sterling, Gundogan, Steffen, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete-Tabu, Palmer, Lavia.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

12:54 PM

Warm ups at the London Stadium

Kevin De Bruyne - Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Kevin De Bruyne - Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Declan Rice - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Declan Rice - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
West Ham warm up - Clive Rose/Getty Images
West Ham warm up - Clive Rose/Getty Images

12:41 PM

Manchester City are on the brink

They're three points clear of Liverpool, with a +7 goal difference over the Merseyside club. A win here would leave them needing just a point at home to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, wrapping up a fourth title in five years.

A pensive Pep Guardiola before the match with West Ham - Action Images via Reuters
A pensive Pep Guardiola before the match with West Ham - Action Images via Reuters

12:36 PM

An interesting stat on Kasper Schmeichel, who starts on the bench for Leicester today...

12:32 PM

Erling Haaland has played his last game for Borussia Dortmund

As soon as he was born, Erling Haaland entered into Norwegian sporting royalty. His father, Alfie, was one of Norway’s most famous modern footballers. His mother, Gry Marita, was a national heptathlon champion. And so while there was nothing preordained about Haaland’s rise, he was a winner in the genetic lottery.

Tim Wigmore traces his route to the top in his article The secret to Erling Haaland's rise? It's all in the genes.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund acknowledges fans prior to his last game for the club - Lars Baron/Getty Images
Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund acknowledges fans prior to his last game for the club - Lars Baron/Getty Images

12:19 PM

What's at stake today?

  • Premier League survival for Leeds, Burnley and Everton, with Watford and Norwich already condemned to Championship football next season.

  • The battle for Champions League football between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. Arsenal head to north east to play Newcastle tomorrow evening.

  • Manchester United and West Ham battle for 6th, the second Europa League qualification spot. Manchester United don't play this weekend having already played 37 games.

  • Wolves could still get the Europa Conference League slot in 7th, but it would require them to win both of their final games, and West Ham to lose both of their matches.

12:18 PM

Mark Noble is bringing the curtain down on his Hammers career at the end of his 18th season with his boyhood side

The 35-year-old starts on the bench against Manchester City for his final home game as West Ham push for a second successive Europa League campaign.

It is a far cry from the relegation scraps and in-fighting which have peppered Noble's time at the club he joined aged 11.

He said:

It would have been a lot harder for me to walk away if the club was in a tougher situation or it was struggling, because I always felt a responsibility to get us out of the 'rubbish', if you know what I mean.

It's a lot easier to leave on a good note. I feel like it's been 19 years of work, hard work, from myself.

If I was going out, wherever I've been in the world, out for meals with my wife, golf with my son or whatever it was, I'd always be thinking, 'We need to win on Saturday' or 'We need to get a result'.

It never leaves you. Now, to leave the club in a good position make me very proud.

PA

People entering the stadium pass by a poster of Mark Noble, West Ham Club Captain, who will play today his last home game before he officially retires at the end of this season - DANIEL HAMBURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 
People entering the stadium pass by a poster of Mark Noble, West Ham Club Captain, who will play today his last home game before he officially retires at the end of this season - DANIEL HAMBURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

12:13 PM

Pep's defensive issues not as bad as expected

Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho have both been passed fit for Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus return to the starting line-up as City look for a win to put one hand on the 2021/22 silverware.

Said Benrahma misses out for West Ham but Craig Dawson and Michail Antonio shook off knocks to start. Club captain Mark Noble is on the bench for his final home match of his career.

12:07 PM

Team news: Wolves vs Norwich

12:05 PM

Team news: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba, McGinn, Coutinho, Watkins, Ings.

Subs: Sanson, Buendia, Traore, Chambers, Young, Olsen, Chukwuemeka, Ramsey, Iroegbunam.

Crystal Palace: Butland, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Eze, Gallagher, Zaha, Mateta.

Subs: Ward, Ayew, Hughes, Guaita, Schlupp, Benteke, Edouard, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi.

12:04 PM

Team news: Leeds vs Brighton

12:03 PM

Team news: Watford vs Leicester

Watford: Foster, Ngakia, Kabasele, Samir, Masina, Sissoko, Kayembe, Gosling, Kalu, Joao Pedro, Sema.

Subs: Etebo, Troost-Ekong, Kamara, Cathcart, Bachmann, Sierralta, Baah, Morris, Cukur.

Leicester: Ward, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin, Tielemans, Mendy, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Vardy, Maddison.

Subs: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Daka, Thomas, Lookman.

12:01 PM

The team news is dropping: West Ham vs Manchester City

11:54 AM

Tottenham have just taken the lead on the stroke of half time in the early kick-off

Harry Kane the man, from the penalty spot, after a VAR decision for handball.

Follow our live blog of the match.

11:51 AM

With the FA Cup final yesterday, there are seven Premier League fixtures today

All 2pm, unless stated otherwise:

  • Tottenham Hotspur 0 Burnley 0 (12pm)

  • Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace

  • Leeds vs Brighton

  • Watford vs Leicester

  • West Ham vs Man City

  • Wolverhampton vs Norwich

  • Everton vs Brentford (4:30pm)

11:48 AM

Injury news from the London Stadium

Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho went off injured against Wolves, adding to Manchester City's defensive woes. Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias have already been ruled out for the rest of the season.

West Ham's Said Benrahma will be assessed ahead of the match, but Michail Antonio and Craig Dawson are expected to be fit. Angelo Ogbonna is still out with an knee injury.

Team sheets in 15 minutes.

11:03 AM

Pep hints at summer signings as City move closer to title victory

Pep Guardiola will target further signings following the arrival of Erling Haaland and wants players with the mentality for an era of dominance in the Premier League.

Manchester City are actively seeking reinforcements this summer, with a defensive midfielder to replace Fernandinho one of the priorities after sealing the £51 million deal for striker Haaland.

Given their goal difference over Liverpool, Guardiola’s team are effectively one victory away from a fourth title in five seasons.

“There are many incredible players around the world who could fit in and play here, without a doubt,” said Guardiola.

“When you arrive, you want to see what you have and those players can stay. But of course there are a lot of players who could play here for sure. The world is so big, a thousand million teams and top talented players.

“As long as they are good players with this special mentality of wanting to win again and again. Every day and not satisfied. The demands in England and other top countries, they have to handle the mentality. It is from the head, not the feet. The biggest thing is to find that.

“Of course, the standards are so high at City and other top clubs, you have to adapt or you cannot be here. There is no secret about that.”

City have taken themselves to the brink of the title despite a relatively small squad which has needed to cope with injuries. Kyle Walker and John Stones have been ruled out of the final week of the season, while Ruben Dias has also been injured.

They also have a raft of players approaching their final year of contracts, including Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

“The club has a duty – not me, the club – and I know they are working on that and always thinking,” said Guardiola.

“I am not saying it is going to happen but they always have a plan to see what can happen.

“They always have to look ahead, to view who is the next manager or staff, or if five players leave who would be the next five new players, or which players from the academy can be part of it like Phil Foden. These things have to be considered constantly.

“You can never say you have a young squad that can stay together for five years. It doesn’t happen ... When you have an incredible squad of a high level, players want to play and be happy.”

City would move within sight of the title with victory at West Ham today, where they could also close in on a century of Premier League goals this season (they are currently on 94).

Guardiola says he would never try to protect a lead in a match.

“The best way to protect a 2-0 lead is to continue what you have done to get that lead,” he said.

“Sometimes the other team is better or you don’t play well but the plan is to play as good as possible.

“The feeling this season is that we have had better deep runners and arrive in the box with more people. I think we have learned that and have to continue to learn to do it. But respect the opponent because it is the best way. If you can score goals, you have to do it, because the opponent will.

“The most important thing is to win the Premier League, not the amount of goals. If we score 99 goals and win the league, it is still good.”

By Mike McGrath.

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