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Preview: West Ham United vs. Manchester City

Preview: West Ham vs. Man City
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Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between West Ham United and the reigning champions Manchester City.

Manchester City will be eager to leapfrog their local rivals Manchester United in the table when they go up against West Ham United this weekend.

The reigning English champions currently sit third in the Premier League table, with Chelsea topping the league by just one extra point.

Meanwhile, the Hammers can edge closer to the top five if they cause an upset to the champions on their home ground of Upton Park on Saturday.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is expected to rely on Andy Carroll as the side's main goal threat, with Kevin Nolan controlling the midfield, while City boss Roberto Mancini could welcome back David Silva, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury.

Recent form:

West Ham: DWLWL

Man City: DWWWW

Possible lineups:

West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney; Jarvis, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Benayoun; Carroll

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy; Nasri, Toure, Barry, Silva; Tevez, Aguero

Sports Mole says: 1-2

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2Liverpool5500112915
3Manchester CityMan City54101431113
4Watford5401105512
5Bournemouth5311107310
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs530210649
7Arsenal530210919
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12Crystal Palace520346-26
13Southampton51226605
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton512279-25
15Fulham5113712-54
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham5104511-63
17Cardiff CityCardiff502339-62
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield5023211-92
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle501448-41
20Burnley5014310-71

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