As it happened: West Ham suffer defeat after Man City's domination
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As it happened: West Ham suffer defeat after Man City's domination

Follow live from the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City host West Ham United in the Premier League. Kick-off 20:00 GMT.

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manchester-cityEDERSON; DANILO, KOMPANY (C), OTAMENDI, ZINCHENKO; GUNDOGAN, D.SILVA, DE BRUYNE; MAHREZ, AGUERO, SANE.
West HamFABIAŃSKI; FREDERICKS, OGBONNA, DIOP, JOHNSON; RICE, OBIANG; ANTONIO, NASRI, ANDERSON; CARROLL (C).
SCORE1-0, MIN. 59, AGUERO.
Goodbye
Stay tuned for the post-match coverage as there will be plenty of it in the close future, meanwhile I'm going to relax myself after that stressful game with a cup of tea.

I'll be back again this week with another analysis, this time with West Ham hopefully getting something out of their performance - and saying that I wish everyone a good night. See you soon.
Full Time Analysis
Very good performances from both teams only divided by a harsh penalty, which arguably would've been called off if VAR was in use this season.

Man City have obviously been the better side with 19 shots and 75% possession, with as high as 82% throughout the game as Sane, De Bruyne, Zinchenko, Danilo both Silva's and Sterling shined in their pursuit for a goal.

But West Ham have put in a really good shift despite all the changes that have been made to the side.

Ben Johnson very much impressed on his debut as the 19-year-old dealt very well with Riyad Mahrez to ultimately be subbed off on the hour mark due to fitness problems. All back four of Johnson, Ogbonna, Diop and Fredericks were causing very much trouble to City's attackers, who couldn't get a clear opportunity to score a goal. And when Sterling finally managed to find himself in one, Fredericks popped out from nowhere and cleared the ball from an open net.

The biggest disappointment of the game would probably be Felipe Anderson, who unfortunately was nowhere to be seen offensively as he also gave away the crucial penalty. Grady Diangana who came on for the Brazilian was more threatening while only being on the pitch for about 15 minutes.

Great offensive display from Man City and even better defensive performance from West Ham made this match very entertaining, and despite the possession the Citizens were under throughout the game they've only managed to score one, but how crucial, goal, as their title chase is still ongoing.
Full Time: Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
And that's it. A Sergio Aguero penalty was the only goal of the game as both sides go off to the sound of "Wonderwall".

City again come 1-point close to Liverpool at the top of the table meanwhile West Ham are left 10th, but with a game in hand.
90+1' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
Another wasted chance.

After a combined play from Foden and Sterling the ball fell to Gundogan who thought that his team could walk with the ball into the net but his pass got intercepted (again) by Issa Diop.

Tremendous performance for the Frenchman.
87' West Ham United yellow card
Second booking of the game, second booking for the visitors.

Michail Antonio has been penalized after an unnecessary challenge.
85' Manchester City Substitution
And the last substitution of the game goes to Phil Foden, as the youngster replaces Sergio Aguero.
84' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
West Ham finally start showing their quality. 

Grady Diangana drives towards City's defence, lays it off to Zabaleta whose cross finds Carroll but his header went closer to the corner flag than Ederson's goal.
77' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
Bernardo Silva's cross couldn't find Aguero but the ball fallen under Sterling's feet but he wasn't able to convert it towards the goal.

West Ham are starting to regain some possession - now 24% instead of 22% from earlier in the game.
76' West Ham United Substitution
The third and ultimately the last substitution for the Hammers sees Felipe Anderson make way for Grady Diangana.

Another youngster given a shot by Manuel Pellegrini. 
75' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
15 minutes of the second half left with Man City piling on pressure trying to secure their win.

Can West Ham equalize and bigger the gap between City and Liverpool?
70' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
Another save for Fabiański!

Bernardo Silva got the best out of Zabaleta and teased Danilo whose low shot got comfortably saved by the Polish goalkeeper.


64' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
Off the line!

Following a bundle in the box the ball fell into Raheem Sterling who had an open net to score, but Frederick's goal-line challenge keeps the scoreline at 1-0.

West Ham are still in the game, somehow.
63' West Ham United Substitution
It's been a dream debut from Ben Johnson, but his time is up as he's being replaced by Pablo Zabaleta, a very similar face to every Man City fan.
60' Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
GOAL!

And as presumed Aguero managed to convert the penalty into his right corner, with Fabiański going completely the wrong side.

Should West Ham feel unimpressed by the decision?
59' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
PENALTY!

Bernardo Silva makes instant impact as his inwards run get cut off by Felipe Anderson.

Very soft call from Stuart Attwell.

Will Sergio Aguero convert...
57' Manchester City Substitution
Another substitution for the hosts as Bernardo Silva comes on for Leroy Sane.
55' Manchester City Substitution
Ben Johnson's debut is about to get really hard.

Raheem Sterling replaces struggling Riyad Mahrez on the right wing.
49' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
CHANCE FOR WEST HAM!

A freak clearance from Otamendi fallen to Manuel Lanzini who fed Andy Carroll, and the striker managed to get a clean connection on his strike but a save from Ederson kept the scoreline goalless.

It could've been a real blow to Man City, after all those wasted chances...
Second Half Kick-off
Second half is about to start. Hopefully we can see a goal or two this half to get the game going a bit.
West Ham United Substitution
Samir Nasri has been subbed off during half-time and has been replaced by Manuel Lanzini.

It's the Argentinian's only second appearance of the season after recently coming back from an ACL injury.
Half Time Analysis
This was meant to be a walk-in-the-park for Manchester City, but West Ham have so far been very tough to break. A lot of chances for the hosts but no clear-cut ones apart from Sergio Aguero's shot that got blocked by Ogbonna only show City's struggles, despite having 78% possession. 

The highlight of West Ham's offensive play is a string of five passes cheered by a loud "OLE!" from the visiting fans, despite having only 19% possession at the time.

Ben Johnson has been having a fantastic debut so far not allowing Mahrez to really get into the game. The 19-year-old managed to catch the Algerian winger on an offside position four times already, and overall gave him a really tough time.

Half of wasted chances and defensive clearances.
Half Time: Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
Both teams are going off the pitch. It's goalless at the break, but no one exactly knows how.
40' West Ham United yellow card
Ryan Fredericks is the player to be carded as he tried to hack down Leroy Sane from behind during Man City's break.

Completely unnecessary challenge from the right-back.
33' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
De Bruyne's corner managed to find Otamendi's head, but the effort goes wide. Another wasted chance.

Hopefully (for Man City fans) it won't cost Pep's side any points.
30' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
Another chance for the hosts.

Riyad Mahrez manages to get the best of the young debutant Ben Johnson, but his left footed strike is straight at Fabiański.

74 to 26 percent of possession in advantage to Man City. It's not nice to watch from West Ham's perspective.
26' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
CHANCE!

After a very good play Zinchenko fed the ball to Aguero who was in a lot of space on the penalty spot, but his left-footed shot got blocked by a last-ditch tackle from Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham's defense has been the main reason why it's a goalless draw, and not a battering.
22' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
Half-chance for Danilo.

Something you won't see very often in this game. Cross from a corner kick was punched away by Fabiański and as it was falling down the Brazilian managed to catch it on a half-volley but just as De Bruyne's chance from earlier on, went high and wide.
19' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
Another chance for the Citizens!

Riyad Mahrez managed to get a cross in to Sergio Aguero but a good closure from Diop made in very hard for the Argentinian to get a successful touch and his roulette-shot went wide of Fabiański's goal.
15' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
It was meant to be tough for the visitors, but no one expected this kind of domination.

De Bruyne, Silva and Zinchenko now have more touches than the whole of West Ham team combined. 

Unexpected but not surprising.
13' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
City's one-touch football is just mesmerizing. 

De Bruyne puts Silva away on the left flank, he dribbles past Fredericks but West Ham's condensed defensive line make him pass to Gundogan who scuffed his shot high and wide.
07' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
There's been a slight stop in the play as Michail Antonio looks in pain while holding his shoulder, but the winger should be okay to carry on.
03' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
CLANG! David Silva hits the post as the hosts pile the pressure all over the Hammers. It'll be a very tough afternoon for Pellegrini's side.
01' Manchester City 0-0 West Ham United
Kevin De Bruyne lets one fly, but Fabianski watches it safely go past his goal, and straight into the stands.
First half underway
And there's the kick-off! West Ham gets us underway in their home claret and blue strip, while City are also in their home light blue kit.
Almost ready for kick-off
Stuart Attwell, the today's referee, leads out both teams onto the Eithad Stadium pitch. The atmosphere is amazing, with both sets of fans trying to be louder than the others. The kick-off is just moments away.
Talking team news
There's been a lot of changes to each sides. Some tactical, some forced due to injuries.

A classic back four, three man midfield, two wingers and a striker formation from Pep - nothing new to what we've seen earlier in the season. Laporte and Fernandinho are replaced by Kompany and Gundogan with a slight shuffle of Mahrez replacing Bernardo, Sane replacing Sterling and Danilo in for Walker. 

A back four, double defensive pivot, a three man support and one striker from Pellegrini with a couple of interesting picks from the Chilean. Due to Cresswell out injured in a warm-up, 19-year-old Ben Johnson has been handed his senior debut. Andy Carroll has came into the side as Arnautovic, who was meant to start, got sick before the game, therefore isn't ready to play.

Other changes for the Hammers are Obiang in for Noble, Nasri in for Snodgrass and Fredericks replacing Zabaleta after his horrendous start to the game against Fulham.
Team News
So there are the team news...

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Muric, Walker, Sterling, Bernardo, Mendy, Sandler, Foden.

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Obiang, Antonio, Nasri, Anderson, Carroll (C).

Subs: Adrian, Zabaleta, Noble, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Diangana, Chicharito.
Back closer to kick-off
I'll be back before kick-off to provide you with more updates from the Etihad, including team news from 19:00 GMT. 
History favours City
Despite Pellegrini's side having caused a few shock results this season, with the Hammers taking points off Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool already this season, the odds seem stacked against them in this one.

The Irons have lost their last six encounters with City, including a 4-0 humiliation at the London Stadium earlier this season, surely meaning City will be very confident ahead of this one.

Predicted XI's
Man City predicted XI: Ederson; Danilo, Otamendi, Kompany, Zinchenko; David Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.

West Ham predicted XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Antonio, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.

Irons defensively vulnerable
The Hammers are likely to be without Fabian BalbuenaJack Wilshere and Winston Reid ahead of this one, meaning Pellegrini could prove even more worried about the threat that City have going forward.

Despite having fewer injury concerns than City, the Londoners will also still be massive underdogs, simply due to the strength in depth of the champions.

City injury woes
This weekend, City were crowned champions of the Carabao Cup, as they beat Chelsea to claim their first silverware of the season.

However, this victory came at a cost. 

Fernandinho and Ayermic Laporte have been key figures in Pep Guardiola's side, although both had to be substituted in the final, making them doubtful for this encounter.

Gabriel Jesus and  John Stones were also both absentees from City's Wembley squad, whilst Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy remain long-term absentees for the Blues. 

Pellegrini returns
Manuel Pellegrini was sacked by City back in 2016, although remains popular with the Mancunian fans after leading them to their second Premier League title back in 2014.

This will be the Chilean's first return to the Etihad, and he will undoubtedly receive a roaring reception.

Welcome
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live stream score commentary of Manchester City vs West Ham United. I'm Alan Rzepa and I'll be taking you through the action as it unfolds at the Etihad.
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