City should make short work of a West Ham side ravaged by injuries to key players.
Man City v West Ham - Sunday 16:00, Sky Sports 1
With the exception of Joe Hart’s situation everything looks rosy in the blue half of Manchester right now. Four competitive fixtures into the season and Man City have already scored 12 goals, conceded just two and found a way to rejuvenate Raheem Stirling. This match should in theory represent Pep’s first proper test of his side’s title credentials, but one they look well equipped to tackle.
This game comes at an inconvenient time for West Ham, who have multiple injuries to contend with and will look eagerly towards the international break. Big man Andy Carrol, new £20.5m signing Andre Ayew and winger Sofiane Feghouli head the injury list, though the Hammers will have been delighted to see Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet return to full training.
The Hammers struggled to break down a relatively comfortable Bournemouth side until late on last week, and the creative duo will be important for West Ham if they are to get anything at the Etihad Stadium.
Both sides had mid-week European qualifiers, but the fact Man City have a larger squad with which to rotate and have had the extra days rest, combined with Slaven Bilic’s injury woes all point in Man City’s favour. We’re backing the Man City to secure a half-time/full-time win/win at 1.91.