Football does not stop in England and so this Friday begins the third round of the FA Cup, when at Wembley Stadium in London, the West Ham cast of welcome to Manchester City.
The timing for those led by Slaven Bilic is not the best, come from losing their last two games, first on their visit to Leicester by a narrow 1-0 margin and the last at home to Manchester United by a score of 0 -2. And it is that injury problems of up to ten players makes the scenario difficult for a short squad such as the “hammers” and more with the game sequel, as the game on Friday will be the fourth game in a space 12 days and there will be some tired legs.
Meanwhile, those led by Pep Guardiola come from winning a 2-1 win against Burnley, but victory in the end, being the fourth in his last five games.
And is that, after a promising start, things are becoming complicated for the city, who have a good time without being able to produce quality performances on a constant basis this season; To this add the moment of players like Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho who are not behaving to the height, since they have received two red cards each one.
Guardiola knows that he can not afford to despise this tournament, he is very clear that the criticisms are not good at his first stay in England and he has to go for the victory, the citizens have better squad, the numbers favor him In direct confrontations, since they were defeated only twice in the last 11 visits, adding 5 victories and 4 draws, and also to add that West Ham arrives tiring by game of the match and reduced staff by injuries and this is sure to deplete in Its action, so hopefully, that Manchester City take advantage of this to get the victory and continue in race in a prestigiable tournament as is the FA Cup.
West Ham United: Adrian; Reid, Ogbona, Antonio, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang, Ayew, Lanzini, Feghouli; Carroll.
Manchester City: Horseman; Otamendi, Stones, Zabaleta, Clichy; Fernando, Toure, Garcia, Sterling; Nolito, Aguero.