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Could West Ham United win Friday’s FA Cup clash against Manchester City?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, FA Cup 5 Jan 2017

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic beat Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

West Ham United welcome Manchester City to the Olympic Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday evening, in a game that could see the Londoners coming out on top given their impressive head-to-head record in recent years.

City have been in poor form away from home in the last handful of months too, and could well come unstuck to a Hammers outfit boasting a much more convincing home record of late.

FA Cup clash at home sure to yield West Ham response

Hosts West Ham did recently suffer a home defeat to Manchester United, but the Londoners had enjoyed back-to-back wins at the Olympic Stadium prior to Monday’s loss. Slaven Bilic’s side have beaten Chelsea at home this season, and have only lost to giants such as Arsenal and Manchester United in their own backyard since September. After a slow start to the 2016/17 campaign, the Hammers are now looking a more formidable side, and will fancy their chances against a travel-sick Manchester City outfit this week.

As for the visitors, Pep Guardiola’s City side have looked beatable when on their travels. They come into Friday’s FA Cup clash having lost on the road to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve, and have picked up four wins on their travels in all competitions since September (11 games), ending up with more defeats than victories. As a result, West Ham stand a real chance of getting a positive result, and will take confidence from having beaten the Citizens not too long ago.

West Ham have bested Man City recently

Slaven Bilic will be reminding his players of their recent wins over City as a way of proving that they can match the Sky Blues. United have won two and drawn one of their last five head-to-heads in all competitions, having won one and drawn one of their previous two home meetings in the Premier League.

West Ham come into Friday’s game with a better record in their own backyard and will likely come up against a weakened City eleven due to Guardiola keen to rest his key players for domestic duties and their Champions League campaign to come.

This could lead to a disjointed Manchester City side, who have already failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 13 in all competitions. West Ham United are 9/2 to win against Manchester City on Friday night.

Can the Hammers deliver an upset?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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