Manchester City’s failed championship defense are now about them closing the 16-point gap to Manchester United. James Milner, Sergio & David Silva are all in contention for this game having recovered from their respective injuries &, ahead of the FA Cup final against Wigan on 11 May, this encounter could be viewed as the first of trial games for those hoping to be chosen by Roberto Mancini for the showpiece. Sam Allardyce’s men, meanwhile, ought to be in relaxed mode given they arrive in Manchester having all but guaranteed Premier League safety.Play maker Silva has missed the past games while striker was an unused substitute in last weekend’s defeat by Tottenham & winger Milner was forced off at half-time in that game.match preview of the Premier League game between Manchester City & West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 27, 2013, kick-off 12.45 (BST). Manchester City have David Silva, James Milner & Sergio all available following hamstring issues against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.Midfielder Jack Rodwell has been out for months together with his latest hamstring issue but could be available while defenders Maicon & Micah Richards are not yet prepared for a return to first-team action.
West Ham, meanwhile, are without defensive pair James Tomkins & George McCartney at the Eithad.Fellow midfielder Joe Cole, who also came off the bench against Wigan last weekend following his recovery from a hamstring issue, may be thought about for his first start since March two.Midfielder Mark Noble could start his first game since February after making successive appearances from the substitutes’ bench.West Ham are without defensive pair James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee). Midfielder Mark Noble could start his first game since February after making successive appearances from the substitutes’ bench. Joe Cole, who also came off the bench against Wigan last weekend following his recovery from a hamstring issue, may make his first start since March two.Manchester City play host to West Ham on Saturday aiming to tie up second spot in the table after seeing their Premier League title defence ended.Manchester City midfielder James Milner is hopeful of proving his fitness for the Premier League clash with West Ham. The England international was forced off with a hamstring injury at half-time of last week’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. Roberto Mancini’s only other concern is France midfielder David Silva, who has an ankle injury.City are points clear of third-placed Arsenal and victory over West Ham will move them a step closer to securing second spot.
Roberto Mancini’s men saw their slim title hopes finally vanquished on Monday night following Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa and the French will be looking for a response from his players against West Ham after last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Tottenham.Sam Allardyce’s side are unbeaten in their last games, including draws with Liverpool and Manchester United, and they are going to be hoping to spring a shock against City.West Ham will travel to City knowing they have all but secured their Premier League status after last weekend’s win over Wigan took them on to 42 points.The game will also see both sets of fans pay a special tribute to former City and West Ham midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe – who died ten years ago after collapsing on a footy field while on international duty with Cameroon.
English Premier League
Date: 27 April 2013 | 27-04-2013
Time: 11:00 | 12:45 PM BST
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City and West Ham United teams squads and players expected probables line-ups details list here below.
Man City Expected Line-ups:
Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Y Touré, Barry; Silva, Tévez, Agüero.
Out: Maicon, Richards (both knee).
Test: Rodwell (hamstring).
West Ham Expected Line-ups:
West Ham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O’Brien; Vaz Te, Diamé, Nolan, Jarvis; Noble; Carroll.
Out: Tomkins (calf), McCartney (knee).
Tests: J Cole (hamstring), Noble (shoulder).
Man City will beat match by 2-1 goals.