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Match Preview: West Ham United vs Manchester City

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THE Hammers front line has seen massive changes as Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez left, replaced by the highly rated Sebastian Haller. Meanwhile, Pedro Obiang has departed and playmaker Pablo Fornals will slot into the midfield.

It’s been a mixed bag in preseason for West Ham, with 3 wins and 3 defeats making for typically inconsistent reading. However, their 4-1 thrashing against Manchester City in the Premier League Asian Trophy is an ominous forewarning, with a 1-0 follow-up defeat to Newcastle proving even bleaker. #

Manchester City, after winning 2 consecutive Premier League titles and achieving a domestic treble last season, have unsurprisingly opted for stability. Their only major signing of the summer has been Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, who comes in as a long term successor to Fernandinho’s spot in the midfield.

They have a good record against West Ham too, winning each of their last 7 competitive games with them by an aggregate scoreline of 23-3. They have also won all 4 of their trips to the London Stadium when facing The Hammers, scoring 17 goals in the process and winning by at least a 2 goal margin in all of them.

We’re also backing Raheem Sterling to get himself on the scoresheet. The England winger was played in a central attacking role last weekend, but even pushed back out to the left he offers a significant attacking threat. He has scored 48 competitive goals over his last 2 seasons with Manchester City and looks to be improving all the time, so backing him as an anytime goalscorer looks attractive.

PREDICTION: MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN.

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