West Ham vs Manchester City
West Ham record losses in the last two rounds (1:0 against Leicester and 2:0 against Manchester United). West Ham was seriously harmed in the game against Manchester United, having received undeserved red card in beginning of the game. This season, West Ham will not be able to fight for a front ranking in the championship, so the FA Cup remains the only option for better performance. Traditionally West Ham played strongly in their FA Cup home games - only three losses in their last 18 games. Out of this match are Diafra Sacco, Alvaro Arbeola and Arthur Masuaki.
Manchester City recorded a very important win over Burnley in the last round and remained in the title race. Manchester City fought on many fronts this season and it is unclear how much the FA Cup will be a priority. However, their next game will be after nine days, so the boys of Guardiola will have sufficient time to recover. The question is how much energy they had left after a heavy Christmas and New Year marathon. Manchester City will not be able to rely on Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gandogan, Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.
Interesting facts about the game:
8 of the last 10 match between West Ham and Manchester City ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Manchester City has scored at least 2 goals against West Ham in 8 of the last 10 meetings between them.
5 of the last 6 Manchester City games in FA Cup ended with more than 2.5 goals.
West Ham have only one loss in their last 8 home games in FA Cup.
Manchester City looks like favorite in this clash, but West Ham will give everything to get at least a draw. The bookmakers determine "Citizens' absolute favorites, but I think West Ham have a serious chance to make something positive.
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