After a poor performance against Liverpool last weekend, Erling Haaland is expected to start his first Premier League game. After scoring in the loss to the Reds, Julian Alvarez could also appear for Guardiola’s side, but most likely from the bench. Additionally, Jack Grealish will play in London right away. The new striker Gianluca Scamacca could make his West Ham debut, but it is unclear whether he will partner Michail Antonio or replace him altogether. The superstar Algerian footballer Riyad Mahrez leads the attack for the Citizens. Mahrez had scored 11 goals in the last EPL season with 5 assists and 5 big chances created.
The addition of Erling Haaland has made the attack even more dangerous. Haaland was absolutely brilliant in the last Bundesliga season as he added 22 goals to his name with 7 assists and 12 big chances created. The Jamaican professional footballer, Michail Antonio spearheads the West Ham forward attack. Antonio had an amazing last season and he finished with 10 goals, 8 assists, and 7 big chances created. The midfield panel of Man City consists of powerful players like Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri. De Bruyne scored 15 goals for his side with an average of 2.9 key passes per game. Rodri played at high passing accuracy of 93% along with 89% success in aerial duels. The key midfielders for West Ham are Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.
Rice maintained a passing accuracy of 92% in the last EPL season with 69% dribbling success. Bowen scored 12 goals for his team. He also assisted in 10 goals. Joao Cancelo has been the leading defender for Man City. In the last season, Cancelo had 19 clean sheets and he played at an average of 2.3 tackles per match. Aymeric Laporte is another formidable defender who had played with an average of 1.8 clearances per game with 75% dribbling success. In the defense department, the Hammers rely on Aaron Cresswell and Kurt Zouma. Cresswell maintained his clearance average at 2.1 last season with 57% success in aerial duels. Zouma played with a clearance average of 5.5 per match, winning 62% of aerial duels.
Man City will surely look to start the new season on a positive note with an away win. Their forward attack is looking deadlier than before. On the other hand, West Ham needs a spirited performance to give some challenge to the Citizens. All the predictions and betting markets are favoring Man City for this fixture. They clinched their 6th title in the last season after a dramatic end to the tournament in the final match against Aston Villa. City bounced back after facing suffering a trail by 2 goals and won an exciting contest in the end. They won the tournament by just 1 point lead over Liverpool. West Ham needs good preparation to face Man City at the London Stadium. David Moyes’ side looked in promising touch in the first half of the season.
All key players like Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, and Jarod Bowen looked in good form. However, they couldn’t maintain the momentum throughout the tournament and lost many games in the second half. They finally finished in the 7th position with 56 points. The Hammers need a comprehensive effort from all the players in the first match to avoid a loss against City.Who is Most Likely to Score For West Ham? Thomas Saucek scores 23% of the goals for West Ham. He is Most Likely to find Back of the Net for West Ham. Who will win the match? The Man City vs West Ham odds offered by Bet Makers predicts a higher chance of Man City’s victory. It is highly Likely seeing the Present form and the Class of City’s Side.
We expect them to beat West Ham with a Clean Sheet. We are just a few days away from another exciting season of the English Premier League. This year, the much-awaited football competition is set to kickstart on 6 August. As all the 20 clubs are busy in preparations for the mega event, the anticipation, and buzz is high among fans all over the world. The reigning champions, Man City, will start their campaign by facing West Ham on 7 August 2022. The Citizens will aim for another successful season under Pep Guardiola.