EPL Match Review: Manchester City vs West Ham
Runaway leaders Man City edge past struggling Hammers
Manchester City came out on top against a gritty West Ham defence to win 2-1 at the Etihad to register their 13th consecutive win in the Premier League and have also added to their unbeaten streak. City had last lost a home league game exactly a year back against current champions Chelsea. Since then, they have had a quite astonishing record at home. The win against the Hammers now take them on par with the record set by Chelsea (2016-17) and Arsenal (2001-02) and will look to overtake Arsenal’s run of 14 successive victories in the league back in February-August 2002. West Ham now sit in the 19th position in the group rankings and a lot of work is to be done by their new manager David Moyes in order to save the side from relegation.
Manchester City line up: – Ederson, K. Walker, N. Otamendi, E. Mangala, Danilo (G. Jesus 45’), Kevin De Bruyne, F. Delph, D. Silva, R. Sterling, Kun Aguero (Fernandinho 85’), L. Sane (B. Silva 93’)
West Ham line up: – Adrian, D. Rice, A. Ogbonna, A. Cresswell, P. Zabaleta, C. Kouyate (D. Sakho 43’), E. Fernandes, P. Obiang, A. Masuaku, M. Lanzini (M. Arnautovic 69’), M. Antonio (A. Ayew 88’)
West Ham pressed high against the incoming City attacks and were successful in restraining the trio of Aguero, Sterling and Sane to put up any shot in the first half. The only real chance for City came via an outside-of-the-box shot from David Silva which was saved by Adrian. The Hammers made full use of the corner in the 44th minute as a Cresswell cross found Ogbonna inside the box who skilfully headed it past City defender Nicolas Otamendi.
City struck early in the second half when substitute Jesus made up a juicy ball for Otamendi to push it in to make the score level at 1-1. The second half saw a rejuvenated City as they registered 23 shots in the half and were scaring the West Ham defence all the way through. The winning goal was scored by veteran David Silva who toe-kicked the ball receiving a looping through ball, unlocking the Hammers defence from his Belgian counterpart De Bruyne in the 84th minute. City showed resilience in their play and never looked nervous to get full 3 points.
City next visit Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League encounter while West Ham have another big game in their hands when they welcome Chelsea next weekend.