Predictions

West Ham United vs Manchester City

The Emirates FA Cup third round kicks off with Manchester City visiting West Ham at the London Stadium.

 

Team News

 

Slaven Bilic will be delighted to have Sofiane Feghouli available after his red card appeal proved successful. Captain, Mark Noble has recovered from a knock sustained in the defeat at Leicester on New Year Eve.

 

Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

 

Manchester City are without Fernandinho due to a four match suspension. Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane are ruled out of the trip to the Hammers with injuries. Fernando could be the latest casualty on this list, leaving Pep Guardiola with a midfield headache.

 

Tactics

 

West Ham will be delighted with how they played over the festive season but the Citizens will prove a stern test, if they want to repeat last season’s run to quarter finals. With Andy Carroll back in the team, his aerial ability will be of concern for City’s wobbly defence at set pieces.

 

This match will prove a real test for the Man City players following the surprise rumour of Guardiola only wanting to stick around for three years before moving on. Will they play for a manager, who only wants to fulfil his contract before leaving or are they just going to take their foot off the gas and not perform to their full ability?

 

Having Sergio Aguero back in the team will make them the favourites to progress but if they repeat their away performance from Anfield then the Hammers will pounce.

 

Prediction

 

This match could prove momentous because the last time, West Ham beat Manchester City in the FA Cup, they went on to reach the final that season. Their home record in the FA Cup this decade has been impressive with only two home defeats to their name, making this match even tougher for the visitors.

 

Man City will be looking for Khelechi Iheanacho to pick up his form in this competition from last season but Dimitri Payet will be tough to keep out during free kicks.

 

Given City’s discipline record in recent weeks, don’t be surprised to see them get frustrated and concede free kicks. The fact that they are missing Kompany won’t help matters because their win rate without him is considerably lower.

 

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Manchester City

Result: West Ham 0-5 Manchester City

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