MAN CITY VS WEST HAM
HART, ZABALETA, KOMPANY, DEMICHELIS, CLICHY, TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, SILVA, MILNER, AGUERO
WEST HAM (4-3-1-2)
DOWNING, KOUYATE, SONG, NOBLE,
CRESSWELL, REID, COLLINS, JENKINSON,
Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title are waning; the 4-2 defeat at Manchester United last Sunday leaves them in fourth place, a massive 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, with just six games to play.
At this stage last season, City had 70 points, nine fewer than they have now, while they had scored 86 goals - they currently have just 65.
So the pressure is on manager Manuel Pellegrini after a sequence of six defeats in eight games in all competitions. Six of those games were in the Premier League, with just
two wins and four defeats
effectively ending their hopes of winning the league.
The Hammers, meanwhile, have won just once in 10 league games though their good early-season form means they could still finish in the top half of the table, though there have also been doubts voiced over the future of their manager, Sam Allardyce, who is actually the second-longest serving boss in the Premier League, with a tenure lasting nearly four years.
When these teams met in October at Upton Park, the Hammers stole a 2-1 win thanks to the winner from Diafro Sakho, his seventh goal in seventh games. Sakho now has 12 goals in his first season, meaning he is already West Ham's highest scorer for three seasons with six games to go. Sakho, though, is missing after suffering a thigh injury in the draw with Stoke. Another striker, Andy Carroll, is also out.
City test Wilfried Bony, who missed the game at Palace with an ankle injury, while there is a doubt over skipper Vincent Kompany (also ankle).