West Ham vs Manchester City LIVE: Premier League 2019 commentary, live stream, TV channel, line-ups, score prediction.
Manchester City kick off their Premier League title defence with a trip to the capital to face West Ham today.
Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions sealed the league by a single point over Liverpool last season, and City will be keenly aware that there is no room for a slow start after that tense title race and their rivals’ thumping win over newly-promoted Norwich on Friday night.
Man City head to east London for what could be a tough test against West Ham, with former manager Manuel Pellegrini building a strong Hammers squad with some solid summer business including the signings of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller.
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Pellegrini heads into the new season with almost a complete clean bill of health.
Captain Mark Noble misses out with a dead leg, but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is fit after a groin injury scare. New signings Fornals and Haller should both make their competitive debuts.
As for City, Benjamin Mendy (knee) is out along with Ilkay Gundogan.
Leroy Sane suffered ACL damage against Liverpool in the Community Shield and is expected to miss six or seven months, but Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are both available.
Sergio Aguero could start up front having been rested at Wembley, especially with Sane set to miss out. £60million signing Joao Cancelo is not yet being considered for selection.
Possible West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Wilshere, Anderson, Lanzini, Fornals, Haller
Possible Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Buryne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling
Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Man City
While West Ham will be confident of causing City problems in their first game of the season, it is difficult to look beyond the champions here.
City won 32 of their 38 league games last season, and should pick up three points – but the Hammers will fancy a goal or two.
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 12.00pm BST.
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