Monday, 28 September 2009
Man City vs West Ham - Mon 28Th Sep 20:00 pm
West Ham are our next opponents, we Will have to be careful because West Ham love to play attacking football, ultimately though I think we will breach gaps that they will leave after committing men forward.
West Ham have always been a team I like to watch because they never sacrifice the way they play, they love to go forward and put pressure on the oppositions defence. The bad thing for them in that respect is, I think any team who plays attacking football against City will be punished. I don't think there are many teams who can afford to attack us because they simply do not have the quality to deal with us when we break.
Again I just think we will have to much quality for West Ham tonight as long as we don't play like we did against Fulham. West Ham have some good players but for example when you look at the likes of Parker and Noble, the form De Jong is in he will take care of those two on his own. I think that is a small example of our quality.
There is a possibility that Santa Cruz will play tonight and the way we play at times we need a big man up top, I have been waiting for this man to make his debut because honestly I was not impressed when we signed him for £17 million. Of course I hope he proves my doubts wrong and bangs goals in for us, as well as setting them up.
Man City Team News:
Stephen Ireland could miss out, he went off feeling dizzy against Fulham but it is actually a bug that he has caught that may stop him from playing tonight. Gareth Barry is also thought to have caught the bug but has recovered in time to play. Micah Richards is trying to shrug off a shoulder injury in time to be fit but may miss out. Robinho (ankle), Nedum Onuoha (thigh), Vincent Kompany (ankle), Michael Johnson (abdominal) and Benjani Mwaruwari (thigh) are all still out with injury.Emmanuel Adebayor serves the last game of his three match ban.
West Ham Team News:
Matthew Upson should have shook off a calf injury in time to play, but Jack Collison may not have recovered in time from his calf injury to play. Valon Behrami is also struggling although Luis Jimenez looks to have recovered from a groin injury. Luis Boa Morte and Dean Ashton are long term casualties for West Ham. Guillermo Franco is in line to make his debut for the Hammers.
Possible Man City Line Up: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Barry, De Jong, Wright-Phillips, Bellamy, Tevez, Santa Cruz.
Possible West Ham Line Up: Green, Faubert, Upson, Tomkins, Ilunga, Parker, Noble, Hines, Diamanti, Franco, Cole.
My Prediction: Man City 3 - 0 West Ham.
Worth A Bet: Bellamy scores one and Carlos Tevez bags two in a 3 - 0 City win.