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The juggernaut rolls on and following their midweek success in Budapest taking on Borussia M’gladbach, City are now aiming for a 20th straight victory here.
They’ve won by a minimum two-goal margin in 15 of the last 18, and after a series of away games recently, should enjoy playing back at the Etihad having trounced Tottenham 3-0 the last time they were in action there.
The Hammers are no pushovers having beaten an admittedly out-of-form Tottenham side in their last outing, while they actually picked up a point in the reverse fixture back in October.
David Moyes’ side are W7-D1-L1 in the league during 2021 so far, though four of these came versus current bottom-six sides and they’ve struggled when facing teams of real quality.
Man City To Win To Nil
Against the current top six and the teams that finished in that bracket last term, West Ham are a poor W2-D2-L10 since Christmas 2019, including a 2-0 defeat in this fixture last season.
They may have scored in seven of the last eight such encounters, but they’ve only netted once in four of the past five occasions, drawing a blank in the other, and we’d be less confident of their chances of doing so here.
Including a drab 1-0 defeat during extra time away at Old Trafford earlier this month in the FA Cup, the visitor’s past seven losses have come against Man Utd and Liverpool twice each, as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.
The three most recent of these saw them shut out by the Blues back when they were conceding goals under Frank Lampard, register a consolation effort against Liverpool’s injury-ravaged backline, while they managed just the solitary effort on target in that FA Cup clash with the Red Devils.
West Ham had in fact lost four on the trot in the head-to-heads without registering a goal before the 1-1 draw with City in October, and will likely find chances hard to come by this time around.
Ruben Dias has been a monumental signing for Pep Guardiola’s outfit and during the hosts’ current 26-game unbeaten streak, he’s helped them record 19 clean sheets as they never conceded more than once.
Raheem Sterling To Score Anytime
Down the other end of the field, Ilkay Gundogan has been on an incredible scoring run, but he may not find himself in so many advanced positions now with Kevin De Bruyne returning from injury.
However, Raheem Sterling catches the eye amongst the potential goalscorers. Since 2014/15, across his time with both Liverpool and Man City, the England international has notched eight goals and six assists in 10 league starts up against the Hammers.
Moreover, he’s also found the net in five of his past eight outings in this competition versus anyone, and could once again be a thorn in West Ham’s side.