Confirmed West Ham United v Manchester City Line Ups

West Ham United: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Obiang, Rice, Diangana, Anderson, Arnautovic, Antonio. Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Carroll, Noble, Chicharito, Ogbonna, Perez.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling. Subs: Muric, Kompany, Stones, Mahrez, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Keith Stroud

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Burkie 1's picture

Antonio, from the start really

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Looks like a more central role for Anderson, that should suit him better. Lots of pace on the flanks. I sense a win here.

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

Arno was clear.

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We started so well then get sucker-punched on the counter

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

Masuaku is unable to handle them, we need a decent left back badly.

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Burkie 1's picture

I'm afraid they've started to take piss

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

Taking a big beating today.

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Dicks is the man's picture

pelle said hes not changing his style. well thats result. whats point going toe to toe with a side 100 times better at it?

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Hes a world class manager,so we are told!!

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Better then Bilic and Moyes approach of sitting back and letting city dominate and get trounced 4-0. Also had Cresswell started instead of Masukau that game would have been entirely different.

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Dicks is the man's picture

do u always just speculate lol? so whos fault was it that massuaku started? seem to remember moyes getting praised for the performance against city and it helped give the team confidence

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Burkie 1's picture

Mass the disaster

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moore 6 legend's picture

Our season starts next week burkie ;)

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The team have played with heart and aggression so far. Unfortunately City are in a different class big Mick and Arnie have linked up well, Dingana is not overawed by the so-called stars in their team. I'm glad we gave it a go we could have sat back and also conceded three.

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Should be about 7-3 to West Ham by now. The only difference is that they have taken their chances while we have squandered ours.

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metbobby1's picture

We just aren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

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Dicks is the man's picture

thats a massive difference.

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With all due respect i think the difference is a bit more than we squander our chances!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

Yes,when you can bring Mahrez on for sterling and jesus on for Aguero,don't make a dent in their side does it,we were told a move to a new stadium would allow us to compete with the worlds best,lol

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

but they are a class outfit. Some players need to go in January I am afraid. Masuaku is shocking in defence, Antonio run his arse of but no end product. Perez coming on was a waste of bloody time, he just never looked interested just here to pick up a cheque. We definately need a decent striker, a left back and probably a right back now that Fredericks is injured.

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The third substitution bringing Perez on for Anderson was an awful decision. Perez was lazy, and did not bother to defend. He gave the ball away recklessly. If that substitution was not made at least Carroll could have come on for the injured Arnautovic and you never know as West Ham lacked an aerial player that could have converted from the numerous corners. Was disappointed that Carroll was not given that opportunity. If Cresswell started instead of Masuaku then it might have been just a single goal for Man City in the first half. I thought Arnautovic did not have much of a game today, but hopefully his injury is not serious as it looked like a sprained ankle.

Anyway, West Ham have to focus against Newcastle next weekend and try to take some positives as they had many more chances to score but the closest was Antonio wacking that post, with the keeper well beaten!!

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cast iron's picture

But some strange decisions, the first one I get hauling Arthur off he was dog shit and the 2nd goal was down to him. But then Manny pulled off gravy tea and biscuits and puts on a little pea, a player that just don't want to be in the shirt any more and the sooner he frigs off to Besicas the better, don't want to see him in a WHU shirt again I know what the P stands, for now, piss poor. Then Pellegrini does another one and plays Perez for Anderson and he was piss poor as well, why he didn't play Carrol I don't know perhaps he is saving him but 15 mins run out would have done him good unless of course he gets injured, and then came the worst decision I have seen from Pellegrini since he's been here, a world-class manager with 82 minutes played he lets Arnie hobble around the field and he is pleading with him to take him off but he takes no notice and it was obvious that this was no dead leg Knock that could be run off, and at 3-0 we weren't coming back so this injury looks a serious hip injury and I' ll be surprised to see him back for the Newcastle match I certainly wouldn't be rushing back after that sort of treatment. But I must say we gave it our best and the first 2 goals were right against the run of play, and we kept on fighting, right up to the 80th minute and once Arnie got injured that was it, so perhaps Carrol can take Arnautavic's place for a few weeks.

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metbobby1's picture

Once again MOTD made the game look more one-sided than it was. BOTH managers pointed out that there were equal chances.

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Burkie 1's picture

I'm afraid we're still suffering from the same old problem , we're carrying to much dead weight ,Chick pea ,Perez ,Oby ,Masa and I'm afraid Mick isn't half the player he was ,and besides the injury Arnie didn't look interested ,I felt sorry for Zabs he runs his heart out every time ,yes I'm beginning to doubt Pell .
The co commentator today on the. Stream I watched slated the shit out of Masa and Perez ,it puts the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end every time I see him coming on , he's nout but a journey man ,Chicpea the same

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The writing was on the wall,mas at left back!!From day one everyone can see hes not a defender,he would probably admit it himself.So that mistake is down to the manager,someone who knows citeh inside out!!But regardless if we gave it a go or not,we lost 4 nil & they didnt really get out of first gear....The gulf in class is there to see,have we improved under pel after spending 100 mill??The next 8 games are against lower half sides so i suppose we will find out

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Dicks is the man's picture

agree. for me I'm all for the 'better' football versus the defence first approach of moyes etc generally. but one thing i don't agree with is for a manager to say 'I'm not changing my style' knowing full well theres not a chance in hell that you will get anything against a side with three better players than yours in every position. you at least have to adopt something different, some attempt to stop them playing. it doesnt have to be all out defend, but surely it has to be keeping it tight and compact for the first half at least? people say but we had chances, yes ok but we scored 0 goals and didnt work their keeper all game. we were so open from the off it was ridiculous.

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From what i saw our chances apart from Ants unlucky shot against the post the rest were pretty much half chances!!Watch their goals again & it was like a training session for them,our defence was all over the place...

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moore 6 legend's picture

It's been confirmed from the horses mouth,pep loves our new ground,nice big pitch,no fear factor than tighter stadiums,like most of us feel that the atmosphere at the LS doesn’t lend itself to putting teams under pressure.

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So much that even westham fans were applauding their players yesterday,you couldnt make it up!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

lol,talk about an easy touch dave,

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There were again yesterday & they are increasing it to 60k then 66k!! they will be handing out free tickets with a family package to Legoland & chessington in a few years time....you heard it here first!!;)

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Burkie 1's picture

I got one in my cornflakes this morning

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Its because the seats are in fact sold but people are choosy about which games to attend. That says to me either too many season ticket holders or the tickets are too cheap! Going to the LS is the same as Chessington 65... its one long roller coaster ride!!

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Before i made my mind up to totally knock it on the head,there were quite a few times that i tried to get tickets to no avail...so you have many STH who only go to a few games & dont put their tickets on the ticket exchange...dont you think thats a kick in the teeth for proper fans who want to go randomly?the board dont give a toss as long as they sell the tickets granted,thats why ive made a joke about giving tickets away to all & sundry imo the system in place is a mockery....

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

The system doesn't work. I have two tickets in the Trevor Brooking, one for me and another for family and friends. I think the system needs to be looked at again as clearly good supporters that cant make every game are just shut out. The erxchange is b******ks, I have tried twice in three seasons and never got it to work. Its the same with the away tickets, its a joke, you need points but can only get points with past tickets... vicious circle! We look like having tickets for the Fulham game but only through Fulham contacts... crazy!

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