Manchester City and West Ham United meet at Etihad Stadium, in a match for the 15th round of the Premier League. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, who in the last 6 games won 5 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, on 28-08- 2016, for the Premier League, Manchester City won by (3-1). R. Sterling (7 ‘e 90’) and Fernandinho (18 ‘) scored the goals of the match, for Manchester City, and M. Antonio (58’), for West Ham United. the West Ham United presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
After 13 wins and 1 draw, the home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 40 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Southampton by (2-1), after in the previous match they have won (1-2) an away match against Huddersfield Town. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 36 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 13 wins and 2 draws in their stadium, with 44 goals scored and 8 suffered. For the championship, Manchester City won 19 points out of 21 possible, after 6 wins and 1 draw in the last 7 home matches.
In this competition, he won the last 6 home matches and did not lose any of the last 14 matches he played. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 37 of the last 55 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. The team usually has no problems opening the scoring: it scored the first goal in 11 of the last 14 games for the Premier League, of these 11 came to the break in advantage in 8 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘.
The Manchester City continues to have an impeccable performance in this edition of the English championship, as it is the only club still undefeated in the competition, being able to reach in this match its thirteenth consecutive victory. On the last day, he had control of the game, with 74% possession of the ball and almost four times more finishes than the opponent, but he did not show much offensive efficiency and reached the goal of victory only in the final minutes of the game. In spite of not having been the best exhibition of the attack, that is the sector that has been taking great responsibility in the great campaign of the team, so much that it is the best of the championship, with an average of 3.14 goals per game. The club also stands out for the precision in the change of passes and the good average possession of the ball. The 4-3-3 should be the tactical formation adopted for this match by coach Guardiola, with a highlight for Bruyne in midfield.
West Ham United:
After 2 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 10 points won. In their last match, they lost in an away match against Everton by (4-0), after in the previous match they had tied at home, against Leicester City, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 3 draws and 6 defeats in their stadium. For the league, West Ham United won 3 points out of 24 possible points, after 3 draws and 5 losses in the last 8 away matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 8 away matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (3 out of 8 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 14 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 9 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 5 of their 10 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
West Ham is still going through a very complicated phase in the English championship and has not shown signs of recovery, since it has not won for seven days, coming from another defeat. On the occasion he had a good possession of the ball, but he created few chances of goal and with the terrible defensive performance he ended up suffering a thrashing against Everton. As was evident in that confrontation, the defense has a great responsibility in that negative campaign of the team, since in only three games it did not suffer goals and now it is the worst defense of the competition. Playing as a visitor is the owner of the second worst campaign, being one of the three who have not yet won in that condition. The visiting coach must organize the team in 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1, with Lanzini in the offensive sector.
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