Manchester City will look to maintain their winning run on route to retaining their Premier League title when they host West Ham.
Pep Guardiola’s side leapfrogged Arsenal at the top of the table following a 2-1 win over Fulham – stretching their unbeaten run to 18 games.
City, who haven’t lost in any competiton since a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at the start of February, have record eight successive Premier League victories to reach the summit.
The Citizens have also won their last six home games with West Ham, who are languishing in 15th following a 4-3 loss to Crystal Palace.
Man City v West Ham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 3.
talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from the Etihad with kick-off set for 8pm.
Adrian Durham will be your presenter while commentary comes from Sam Matterface and ex-City and West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair.
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Man City v West Ham: Team news
The hosts will hope to welcome back Kevin De Bruyne after he missed the win over Fulham with an unspecified problem.
Nathan Ake is also a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring issue but City otherwise have a clean bill of health.
West Ham meanwhile have several injury concerns of their own, with Kurt Zouma being withdrawn at half-time during the Palace defeat.
The Hammers are already without Gianluca Scamacca after he underwent knee surgery, so Michail Antonio will lead the line.
Man City v West Ham: What has been said?
“I never expect to live what I’ve lived,” Guardiola said.
“When I started in the fourth division with Barcelona and after being promoted to the first division, never in my life did I expect to do it.
“Everything is beyond what I expected and I’m more than grateful to have lived with incredible teams and players this kind of life.
“If people said tomorrow I have to finish my career right now for some reason, I can’t ask for anything else. Anything else. I am so fortunate and privileged.
“It’s a privilege to be at the end of the season fighting for titles is the best feeling that we can have.
“I know that if we don’t win the treble, I know that if we don’t win the Premier League, the season will be a failure but it doesn’t matter.
“We accept that but the important thing is still we’re there and prepared and think about the final of the FA Cup and the Premier League is still in our hands.”
Man City v West Ham: Match facts
- Erling Haaland has scored 34 Premier League goals in 30 appearances this season for Manchester City – one more goal will see him break the record for goals in a Premier League season; he is currently level with Andrew Cole in 1993-94 and Alan Shearer in 1994-95.
- West Ham’s Michail Antonio has either scored (2) or assisted (1) a goal in each of his last three Premier League appearances, as many as he had in his previous 21. Only once has he been involved in a goal in four consecutive top-flight games, scoring in four in a row in August/September 2016.
- With three goals and three assists, Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in six goals in his last three Premier League appearances for Man City at the Etihad Stadium, assisting at least once in all three.
- Man City’s Erling Haaland has scored 21 home goals in the Premier League this season – the last player to net more in a single campaign was Thierry Henry in 2003-04 (22 at Highbury).
- West Ham have scored six goals from corners in their last six Premier League games, two more than they had in their previous 27 matches this season (4).
- Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League matches (D1), although they have conceded in nine of those games. They’ve only kept a clean sheet in 31% of their league games this season (10/32), their lowest ratio since 2009-10 (29%).
- Manchester City have scored at least once in each of their last 30 Premier League home games (100 goals in total) since a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace in October 2021. The Citizens have won their last seven at the Etihad, scoring at least twice each time.
- Since losing 2-1 to Leicester in December 2018, Man City have won each of their last 24 Premier League games on a Wednesday – the longest winning run by a side on a specific day in the competition’s history. Overall, only Man Utd (61%) have a higher win rate on Wednesdays than Man City (60%) in the Premier League (min. 5 games).
- West Ham have taken just four points from their 16 Premier League games against Man City at the Etihad Stadium (W1 D1 L14), conceding at least once in every visit to the ground. Their last top-flight clean sheet away against the Citizens was a 1-0 win at Maine Road in April 2003 with David James in goal.
- Man City are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games against West Ham (W11 D3) since a 2-1 home defeat in September 2015.
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