Date: 19th September 2015 at 11:05am
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Early pace-setters, Manchester City, welcome West Ham to the Etihad as they try to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season.

Manchester City have been imperious domestically but Manuel Pellegrini will hope the 2-1 home defeat to Juventus in the Champions League won’t knock his team’s confidence.

If City keep out West Ham for 34 minutes this weekend then they will have surpassed 10 hours without conceding a goal in the Premier League.

They might have to do this without their captain Vincent Kompany though as he was withdrawn against Juventus with a calf injury.

Pablo Zabaleta and Fernando are both very doubtful, while Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are definitely out.

A boost to the Sky Blues is the knowledge that Sergio Aguero should be fit and ready to lead the line against the Hammers.

You have to go back to April 2003 for the last time West Ham won at Manchester City but the Irons can take confidence from their two victories away at Liverpool and Arsenal.

Any positive result in this fixture will make it a fantastic start for Slaven Bilic’s side considering this is their third trip to one of the league’s ‘big’ clubs.

Mauro Zarate and Pedro Obiang should both be available for selection but Angela Ogbonna, Enner Valencia and Alex Song are all out.

Hammers fans will be delighted with the start that summer signing Dimitri Payet has made and will also be happy to see Andy Carroll back in claret and blue following another lengthy injury.

League Position: Man City – 1st, 15 pts; West Ham – 5th, 9 pts
Last Meeting: Man City 2-0 West Ham, April 2015
Key Men: Man City – Sergio Aguero; West Ham – Dimitri Payet
Form: Man City – WWWWW; West Ham – WLLWW
Prediction: Man City 3-1 West Ham

 
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