West Ham v City: Need to Know preview
- 22 January 2016 16:21
- Posted by @MPHenson
A one stop shop for information about Saturday's game against Slaven Bilic's West Ham.
Match: West Ham (6th) v City (3rd)
Competition: Premier League
Date and time: Saturday 23 January, 5.30pm (GMT)
Referee: Craig Pawson
Last time: West Ham 2 City 1 (Saturday, 25 October 2014)
Head to head record:
West Ham wins 37, Draws 16, City wins 48
Form: West Ham: LWWWDD City: WDWDWL
Tickets: Sold Out
Manuel Pellegrini: “We have a difficult game against a very good team. They beat us here at home earlier this season in a match I think we had 20 chances to score but we didn’t do it.
“I hope we will go for the three points and that we will demonstrate why we’re involved in the title.
“I think that our mentality is to be an attacking team – maybe a lot of times you cannot score but we always create chances. If you create chances and score four goals as we did last time, I’m always happy.”
Nicolas Otamendi: “The game against West Ham will be very important for us because we are in the title race, fighting game by game, and we need to reach a consistency with a series of wins,” said Otamendi.
“It’s very important for us to win at Upton Park and that’s what we will be fighting for on Saturday. We know it won’t be easy because they are a good side with some very good players, many of whom are in a good moment.
Slaven Bilic: “We have the confidence but we know we have to be on top of our game. We have done it before, so we don't have to dream to do something that other clubs have done.
"We have done it this season - and with the greatest respect to them as I really believe they are the best side in England - we are playing at home.
"We have been playing really well at home. Our last game was against Liverpool and we beat them 2-0 and we played really well."
Dimitri Payet: “We know the size of the task that faces us on Saturday and we’ll probably have to play a practically perfect game to beat them. But anything's possible. If we play the match with the same intensity as we did away from home, that should do it.”
West Ham: Carroll, Lanzini, Sakho.