Manchester City-West Ham United Preview
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola acknowledged it will almost be job done in the Premier League title race should his side defeat West Ham on Sunday.
City require just four points from their final two league games away at West Ham and at home to Aston Villa to secure a fourth top-flight title under Guardiola.
A 5-1 thrashing kept second-placed Liverpool three points at bay, but the Spaniard admitted nothing will compare to City's first dramatic Premier League title win when Kun Aguero scored a stoppage-time winner.
"It can happen if it finishes that way, why not?" Guardiola said. "But it will be incomparable. The first time is always the first time; even if we score in the 93rd minute and 20 seconds, it will be the second time. We need four points, six points to finish as champion, and I think everybody knows with a win in West Ham it will be almost, almost done, with the goal difference and many things.
"It's absolutely a final, as it was at Wolves, where we performed incredibly well, and we have to try to do it again."
West Ham, meanwhile, sit seventh in the league after hammering already relegated Norwich City last time out, but manager David Moyes appreciated City pose a different threat.
"I'm looking forward to playing against the best," he said. "At the start of the year we said 'could we challenge the best teams in the league?' and we've done okay. Man City are really, really tough and it's going to be difficult, but I'm looking forward to it because it's a challenge for us. We want to see how we can do.
"I hope they've used up all their goals, and they're due to concede a few - that's how I'll look at it!"
West Ham – Michail Antonio
Antonio has scored nine Premier League goals this season, and could become the first player to score at least 10 in three consecutive top-flight campaigns for West Ham since Tony Cottee (five between 1983-84 and 1987-88).
Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne has been involved in 13 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (8 goals, 5 assists), while he's enjoying his best goalscoring campaign for the Citizens in both the league (15 goals) and all competitions (19).
- West Ham won their last Premier League match against the league leaders, defeating Chelsea 3-2 in December. They've not won consecutive such games since doing the double over Manchester United in 2006-07, while they've not beaten two different teams at the top of the table in a campaign since 1982-83 (Liverpool and Man Utd).
- Manchester City lost their final away league game last season, going down 3-2 at Brighton. They've not done so in consecutive campaigns since a run of four between 2005-06 and 2008-09.
- West Ham have scored in all 18 of their Premier League home games this season. Only twice have they managed to score in 100% of their home games across an entire league season, doing so in 1980-81 (second tier) and 1926-27 (top-flight).
- This will be West Ham's 22nd Premier League game on a Sunday this season, with only Tottenham in 2020-21 (25) ever playing more on this day in a single campaign. After winning five of their first seven such games this term (L2), the Hammers have won just four of their subsequent 14 (D3 L7).
- Manchester City have become the first team in English top-flight history to win five consecutive league games by a margin of at least three goals. Victory here will leave them within a point of winning their eighth top-flight title, their sixth in the Premier League, and their fourth in the last five seasons.
Updated May 13, 2022