Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Manchester City will be aiming to extend their winning run to nine games when they welcome West Ham United to their Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Citizens did well to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage at the weekend, with the team overtaking Arsenal in top position and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the home team will be Erling Haaland, who has netted 34 goals in the elite competition this term, while Kevin De Bruyne should recover in time to face the Hammers. Centre-back Nathan Ake has yet to overcome a hamstring injury.
The capital club, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Crystal Palace, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on Pep Guardiola’s troops. Mohamed Benrahma is pushing for a start, while Gianluca Scamacca continues to miss out with injury.
Highlighted Player (Ilkay Gundogan):
Ilkay Gundogan is a German footballer of Turkish origin who made a name for himself playing for Borussia Dortmund. The skilful midfielder began his professional career at VFL Bochum, but it was at Nurnberg that he was given the opportunity to prove his undoubted potential. He needed just two years to make Germany’s top clubs stand up and take notice and the Millionaires secured his signature for mere €4 million.
That would prove to be a great investment as Gundogan quickly slotted straight into the starting line-up and became a playmaker in the side led by Jurgen Klopp and later Thomas Tuchel. The midfield maestro kept being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, but he resisted temptation to leave Borussia Dortmund, winning one Bundesliga trophy with the club and making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup finals through injury, but there is still time for the BVB star to make things right and lift a major international trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.