Fifth-place Manchester City visit West Ham in the Premier League this evening (7.45pm kick-off) hoping to replicate their recent FA Cup triumph over the Hammers at the London Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men thumped the East Londoners 5-0 in the third round back on January 6, with goals from Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, John Stones, and an own goal from Havard Nordtveit sealing the Citizens’ passage into the last 32 of the world’s oldest club competition.
However, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Guardiola’s men since then, having been thumped 4-0 by Everton, letting slip a two-goal lead to draw with Tottenham, and then easing past Crystal Palace 3-0 last weekend, which makes it extremely difficult to know exactly where City are at.
Yet, they are at fifth in the Premier League, and know that a win over Slaven Bilic’s men this evening would take them level on points with fourth place Liverpool.
This will be the first game for City following the conclusion of the January transfer window, with many believing that Guardiola needed to strengthen his squad ahead of their top four assault in the coming months.
Gabriel Jesus joined the club, but other than that there were no incomings at the Etihad, and here is what their FRONT FOUR could have looked like if they had landed one key deal last month…