West Ham (13th) welcome league leaders Manchester City to the Olympic Stadium for a match home fans have probably been dreading – in City’s last three competitive visits here the ‘Citizens’ have won by three or more goals, scoring 13 combined.
West Ham are, however, unbeaten in three league matches (W1, D2), and have lost just twice in their last eight Premier League (PL) games (W3, D3, L2). Yet at home they’ve struggled going forward, finding the net just 1.33 times on average per PL home match so far.
Curiously, one third of West Ham’s 15 competitive fixtures this season have ended with a scoreline of 3-1 to either side, and two-thirds have seen both teams score. With the last ten H2Hs (in all competitions) featuring an average of 3.5 goals per match, it could be a busy afternoon.
It’s now 11 City wins in the last 12 matches (W11, D1 – in all competitions), and goals have been pouring in – a combined 38 for City during that run, or 3.17 on average!
In the PL, they’ve scored precisely three goals per match on average, whilst conceding just 0.42! However they’ve ‘only’ scored nine goals on the road so far (W3, D2) – 1.8 on average.
Players to watch: West Ham’s Marko Arnautović has three goals from five home league matches, while Sergio Agüero (City) is the current PL top scorer with eight.
Stat attack: West Ham head the booking chart with 28 yellow cards so far (2.33 on average).
An average of 3.83 yellow cards per match have been awarded across the last six top-flight H2Hs.
In those last six H2Hs, 61% of the goals were scored in the first-half.
City have been ahead at half-time in nine of their ten victories this season, and are yet to be behind at the break.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
De Bruyne K.
Referee: Marriner A. (Eng),
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London)
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