View: West Ham United get major boost ahead of Manchester City visit
West Ham are to receive a huge boost ahead of their crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City at the London Stadium on Sunday [May 15].
Having been knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt agonisingly close to the final, the Hammers are back on the hunt in the Premier League.
David Moyes’ side currently sits seventh which is only good enough for a Europa Conference League spot and after this season’s European adventure, they will be desperate to overtake Manchester United in sixth to get back into a meaningful European tournament.
The English Champions are set to be without several key players for their visit to Stratford on the weekend.
Both Fernadinho and Aymeric Laporte were forced off in their win against Wolves, worsening the Sky Blues’ injury crisis with them already without Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker for the clash, as per Manchester Evening News.
If West Ham have any aspirations of reaching the Europa League next season, they have to outperform Manchester United in their two remaining games.
To do that, they must beat or at least pick up a point against their cityhood neighbours, Manchester City.
Make no mistake, it won’t be easy as the Pep Guardiola’s side look to see out Liverpool in the race for the Premier League trophy but the latest injury news is a massive boost.
Michail Antonio will be licking his lips looking at the Cityzens without their key centre-backs – hopefully, he can continue his good form in front of goal of late.
Another factor that will certainly help is the carnival atmosphere that will be surging through the London Stadium in Mark Noble’s last home game as an Irons player.
The veteran will want to end his long and successful Hammers career with a win in front of his beloved fans which might see a similar atmosphere to the last game at Upton Park where they beat Manchester United against all odds.
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