West Ham vs Manchester City preview: City hoping to keep the pressure on at Upton Park

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Boleyn Ground

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It’s a big game for…

Nicholas Otamendi: Initially it seemed that Nicholas Otamendi was struggling fulfil his large price tag, but now he seems to be the only centre back City have, capable of holding the fort. With Demichelis seeming past his best, and Mangala injured, it’s down to Otamendi to fill Kompany’s large and imposing shoes. 

Best stat…

245 – West Ham used 245 players since the conception of the Premier League in 1992- more than any other side. 

Remember when…

Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho scored as West Ham upset Manchester City at Upton Park last season?

Player to watch…

Dimitri Payet: The talented Frenchman has been one of the best players of the season so far. He has been essential in West Ham’s resurgence this year, which was illustrated even further when he picked up a knee injury. He made his return against Bournemouth- scoring a superb free kick and gaining the foul for Valencia to also score from a free kick. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Payet showcased his talent, helping West Ham to a valuable away win. 

Past three-meetings…

Man City 1 (De Bruyne) West Ham (Moses, Sakho) 2, Premier League, September 2015 

Man City 2 (Collins O.G, Aguero) West Ham 0, Premier League, April 2015 

West Ham 2 (Amalfitano, Sakho) Man City (Silva) 1, Premier League, October 2014 

Form guide…

West Ham: DWWWWL

Man City: DWLWDW

West Ham v Manchester City - Premier League preview

Vital information… 

KICK-OFF Time: 5.30pm 

TV: Live on Sky Sports, highlights on BBC1