What now for the Hammers? Gone is their talismanic but petulant and sulky forward Dimitri Payet and a season of promise in now petering into nothingness – even the Europa league places look beyond them now. However, the mini-revival that has coincided with the absence of Payet – back to back wins over Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough – shows there is life in the old dog yet and that Slaven Bilic might have a plan capable of countering the threat of City’s fluid attack.
Pep Guardiola has admitted that the Premier League is a tough nut to crack and though City were the early pace setters an inability to kill off games has cost them dear. The is no doubt about the quality they have going forward – it is the consistency that will be Pep’s concern – when it’s hot it is scorching but when not it’s a bit bleh…
With things tightening up among the teams vying for the minor places under premier league leaders Chelsea, City need to take maximum points or they too will start to look at a season of missed opportunity.
West Ham United v Manchester City – Wednesday from 7.00pm on BT Sport 1