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Grant McQuillan

West Ham v City Prediction

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Manchester City will look to put one hand on the title with a win at the London Stadium against a Europa League-chasing West Ham United with the champions likely to win the title if they can claim all three points here.

It's been a telling two weeks in the league title race, as Liverpool drew with Tottenham Hotspur as City beat Leeds United 4-0 to go back to being three points clear at the top of the table. City have further established themselves as the team to beat this campaign moreover, with the reigning champions also now creating a better goal difference than Liverpool - something they have lacked throughout most of the season. The Citizens are now clear of the Reds in the goals difference margin of seven goals after they hammered Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1 away from home. It was also the 19th goal in their past four games in the Premier League, as they have hammered Watford, Newcastle United, Leeds and now Wolves in true championship-winning style.

It was Kevin De Bruyne who became the star of the show once more in his best goalscoring season to date in City colours. The Belgian stunningly netted four goals in one of the best individual performances seen this campaign, and from centre-midfield, De Bruyne has now scored the third-fastest hat-trick since the start of the game after netting three goals inside 24 minutes. The City star has also been backed by many to now be the PFA Player of the Year for the third time in his career and the third time in five seasons.

It is set to be the game Pep Guardiola's men all but wrap up the title, however, as a win here would mean they have to lose on the final day and Liverpool win the title only on goal differences, which may be halved come to the final day, if the Hammers can win here. On the other hand, a victory for City and the goals difference margin will be too much you'd imagine, as City are not expected to be outscored or drop points against Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

West Ham returned to winning ways off the back of four defeats on the spin as they lost to Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League, while also losing both legs against Eintracht Frankfurt. However, the Hammers romped past bottom-placed Norwich City recently, as Said Benrahma netted twice, with Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini also getting in on the goals.

They did lose their recent games but just the one goal, but against City in the form they're in, with an early goal, Guardiola's men could run riot.

West Ham team news

Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season still, but Said Benrahma is also out for this one after an injury against Norwich but can return next week. Craig Dawson and Antonio are set to face late fitness tests.

Man City team news

It'll be a testing game for City with John Stones, Ruben Dias, and Kyle Walker all out, while Aymeric Laporte is now being assessed and could be Guardiola's fifth defensive issue. Fernandinho is also not expected to make it, so Nathan Ake will play in central defence.

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