West Ham vs Manchester City Preview: Team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch & previous meetings
Dedryck Boyata of Manchester City lifts team mate Marcos Mesquita Lopes in celebration after victory in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final, Second Leg match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Boleyn Ground on January 21, 2014 in London, England. Manchester City win 9-0 on aggregate to reach the final. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

West Ham are in fine form at late, with three wins on the bounce in all competitions, including a 1-0 crucial victory in the London derby over Tottenham on Sunday. 

Manchester City has produced two stunning displays in their previous two fixtures, mauling Club Brugge 5-1 in the Champions League and dominating Brighton 4-1 at the weekend. 

The Hammers were effortless in the third round of the cup, grinding out a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Manuel Lanzini grabbing the early goal.

City had to recover from a losing position in their third-round tie against Wycombe. After going a goal down on the 22nd minute, City turned it around and found themselves 3-1 up at half-time, with the game ending up 6-1 after 90 minutes. 

  • Team News

West Ham right-back Vladimir Coufal is set to miss out again, as he recovers from a groin injury. 

Rotation is expected from David Moyes, despite the fixture being against the reigning Premier League Champions.

Arthur Masuaku, Nikola Vlasic, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Mark Noble will be desperate to be part of the starting 11.

Pep Guardiola will also be keen to rotate, but playing his youngsters could be an issue with the u21 side taking on Rotherham in the Papa Johns Trophy on Tuesday night.

The likes of John StonesOleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake, and Riyad Mahrez will more than likely be in the starting 11.

Raheem Sterling is out with a back complaint, and Ferran Torres remains on the sidelines. 

  • Predicted Lineups

West Ham XI: Areola, B.Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Fredericks, Noble, Rice, Masuaku, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Vlasic.

Manchester City XI: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Egan-Riley, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Edozie, Palmer, Mahrez, Jesus.

  • Ones to watch

Nikola Vlasic 

Things haven't really gone the Croatian's way since signing in the summer, with only four starts in all competitions.

He may not have found the scoresheet yet, but this could be the game for him to pick one out. 

After a dismal spell at Everton, Vlasic moved to CSKA Moscow, where he found his feet and started to tear apart the Russian Premier League

The fee was a reported 30 million euros, which makes him the fourth most expensive Croatian player in history. 

He may not have hit the heights yet, but he has all the ability to do so. He's strong, agile, and has an extremely powerful right-foot, which could bring danger to City on Wednesday night.

Cole Palmer

It's extremely likely, we will see Cole Palmer in the starting 11 after the brilliant couple of weeks he's just had.

Palmer scored his first senior goal in the third-round fixture against Wycombe, despite only being on the pitch for 18 minutes. 

After making a brief appearance in the Premier League against Burnley, later that night, he went on to score a hat-trick for the u23 side against Leicester City.

He then scored within three minutes of coming on against Brugge to secure his first-ever goal in Europe. 

The talented 19-year-old has become a delight to watch, and it would be a shock to see him on the sidelines from the starting whistle.

  • Previous meetings

The last time West Ham were winners over Manchester City was back in September 2015. Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho were the goalscorers as The Hammers edged out a 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

City has won every fixture, besides two since then. That's 10 wins in the last 12 fixtures between the two sides.

When City won the Capital One Cup in 2014, they beat West ham at the semi-final stage, the last time these two met in the competition. City hammered them 6-0 in the first-leg, with a 3-0 victory away from home to leave the aggregate score at 9-0.

The game hasn't been selected for television, with Preston vs Liverpool taking the spot on Sky Sports. Vavel will have live updates for you from the website if you want to tune in!