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West Ham vs Man City: Carabao Cup preview


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est Ham face fierce opposition in their quest to reach the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

A tie with Manchester City was the Hammers’ reward for downing Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round, with Pep Guardiola’s side hunting down their fourth League Cup trophy in a row.

Sunday’s win over Tottenham sends David Moyes into the London Stadium clash in fine form, having also beaten Genk and Everton.

City are also on a three-game winning run and have progressed in their last 21 ties in the competition.

Date, kick-off time and venue

West Ham vs Man City is scheduled for a 7.45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at London Stadium.

Where to watch West Ham vs Man City

The match will not be broadcast live on the UK. Sky Sports’ coverage instead focuses on Preston vs Liverpool.

West Ham vs Man City team news

The Carabao Cup tie will likely see both managers look to their benches, particularly after recent action in league and Europe.

Vladimir Coufal (groin) remains a doubt while Alex Kral is yet to return to the squad after testing positive for Covid-19. Alphonse Areola, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Issa Diop were among the players to feature in the last round and could return here.

Ferran Torres (foot), Liam Delap (ankle) and Benjamin Mendy (police charge) are unavailable for City with Raheem Sterling (back) a doubt after sitting out the win at Brighton.

Youngsters such as Cole Palmer and Luke Mbete could be selected if Pep Guardiola looks to freshen up his team.

Guardiola said: “We play on Wednesday so we will see in training [on Monday] and Tuesday and after we will see what is the best decision. Some of [the youngsters] are going to play, yes.”

West Ham vs Man City prediction

West Ham boss Moyes has been on a relentless run of taking every match seriously, including the Carabao Cup, with good results so far. That may catch up with the Hammers later but a youthful City side could struggle at London Stadium. Alas, even Guardiola’s bench has enough to trouble any team and this one could go all the way.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

City are on an 11-game unbeaten run against West Ham and demolished them 9-0 on aggregate in the 2013/14 semi-finals.


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