Our match prediction:
Even though it is still early to judge Pep Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City, it looks as though the Spaniard will bring instant improvement to Etihad Stadium, with four wins in as many matches the perfect proof. It is perfectly clear that the Citizens have yet to hit the ground running, but the team are slowly growing in confidence and their performances keep getting better. With all key men rested in midweek and Claudio Bravo set to be handed his debut, we predict that Man City will pile more misery on out-of-sorts West Ham. The Hammers have been pretty disappointing in the early exchanges, they are low on confidence after the Europa League exit, and have quite a few important players unavailable at the moment. Taking into account that star player Dimitri Payet is not in the best shape after playing at the Euro 2016 finals, we don’t think that West Ham can avoid defeat on Sunday afternoon.
Highligted Player (Kompany):
Vincent Kompany is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world of football. The Belgian ace was born on 10 April, 1986 and he is capable of playing as centre back and defensive midfielder. Kompany began his youth career at Anderlecht and in 2006 he arrived to Germany to play for Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. Two years later he signed for Manchester City for a fee of £6 million. The Man City defender has won two Premier League trophies with the Etihad Stadium outfit (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and he made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season with the Citizens. Vicent Kompany was named the Premier League player of the season in the 2011/2012 campaign and it has to be noted that he was awarded the captaincy of Man City back then. The Belgium international married Carla Higgs in 2011, who gave birth to their two children (daughter and son).
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
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.