Man City v West Ham – Match preview and team news

Manchester City are looking to continue their excellent home form this season against a West Ham side who have struggled on the road all year long.

The Citizens were dethroned as Premier League champions on Monday evening by city rivals Manchester United and in this early afternoon kick-off, Roberto Mancini will want his team to show the desired response in front of their home fans at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, with second place still far from secure, Mancini will also want to gather momentum ahead of their appearance in the FA Cup final in May, particularly after their recent winning run was brought to an end at Tottenham last week.

City have the luxury of a near fully-fit squad to choose from as they await the visit of the Hammers. Sergio Aguero should be fit to start after failing to get off the bench at White Hart Lane last week while Maicon, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are all fit and ready for contention.

Doubts remain over midfield pair James Milner and David Silva due to hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, though the former looks the more likely to return.

West Ham’s victory over Wigan last week comfortably took them over 40 points to secure their Premier League status for next season, an achievement that should also secure manager Sam Allardyce an extension to his contract at Upton Park.

The former Bolton and Blackburn manager will still be missing James Tomkins and George McCartney due to calf and knee injuries though Mark Noble and Joe Cole could start after making their returns from lay-offs against the Latics last week.

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