Diafra Sakho scored for a sixth game in a row as an impressive West Ham United deservedly beat the reigning champions at Upton ParkContinue reading...
So, the teams have been announced by both clubs, in nifty name-on-picture form. At first glances, Manchester City are ahead with some good fonts and crisp visuals. West Ham have let the intern have a whirl on Microsoft Paint.
The Hammers are unchanged from their 3-1 away to Burnley, while City make two changes from the side that drew with CSKA Moscow in midweek, with Clichy and Navas coming in for Kolarov and Milner.
Having seen their Champions League campaign hit yet more choppy water in midweek, Manchester City will surely be pleased to be able to return to the home comforts of Premier League football this weekend.
The Blues' travails on the continent have been a far cry from their domestic form, which, the odd wobble aside, has been strong: witness last weekend's 4-1 demolotion of Tottenham, with Argentine striker Sergio Aguero in fine goalscoring form.
The Premier League champions will not have things all their own was on Saturday, however; West Ham have started the season in impressive style, playing some neat football that has had their fans purring in recent weeks. Buoyed by the signings of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, the Irons look to be really going places at last. Sam Allardyce would be forgiven for feeling a little bit smug right about now.
That said, City have won the last five meetings between the sides. Will that run continue when the sides meet at Upton Park or can the hosts spring a surprise?