Premier League preview: Man City play host to West Ham
Last Updated: 26/04/13 11:13am
David Silva: Injury concern with ankle problem
Manchester City play host to West Ham on Saturday aiming to tie up second spot in the table after seeing their Premier League title defence ended.
Roberto Mancini's men saw their slim title hopes finally vanquished on Monday night following Manchester United's 3-0 win over Aston Villa and the Italian will be looking for a response from his players against West Ham after last weekend's disappointing defeat at Tottenham.
City are five points clear of third-placed Arsenal and victory over West Ham will move them a step closer to securing second spot.
West Ham will travel to City knowing they have all but secured their Premier League status after last weekend's win over Wigan took them on to 42 points.
Sam Allardyce's side are unbeaten in their last five games, including draws with Liverpool and Manchester United, and they will be hoping to spring a shock against City.
The game will also see both sets of fans pay a special tribute to former City and West Ham midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe - who died 10 years ago after collapsing on a football field while on international duty with Cameroon.
Mancini must decide if he wants to take a risk on David Silva's fitness before finalising his side. The Spanish playmaker missed the defeat to Tottenham with an ankle injury and City have the FA Cup final in mind.
James Milner is hopeful of proving his fitness after being forced off with a hamstring injury at half-time at White Hart Lane.
Sergio Aguero is pushing for a return to the starting XI from a hamstring injury after being an unused substitute against Tottenham as a precaution.
West Ham are without defensive pair James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee) for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Midfielder Mark Noble could begin his first game since February after making
two successive appearances from the substitutes' bench.
Midfielder Joe Cole, who also came off the bench against Wigan last weekend
following his recovery from a hamstring problem, may make his first start since
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Hart
- 5 Zabaleta
- 26 Demichelis
- 20 Mangala
- 11 Kolarov
- 6 Fernando
- 25 Fernandinho
- 7 Milner
- 18 Lampard
- 21 Silva
- 16 Aguero
Team taken from Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 3rd May 2015
- 13 Adrian
- 18 Jenkinson
- 19 Collins
- 32 Burke
- 3 Cresswell
- 16 Noble
- 8 Kouyate
- 11 Downing
- 4 Nolan
- 21 Amalfitano
- 31 Valencia E
Team taken from West Ham United vs Burnley (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 2nd May 2015
Barclays Premier League
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|13||West Bromwich Albion||35||40|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||35||27|