By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

14th May, 2022 | 3:04pm

Frank McAvennie believes West Ham United can beat 'formidable' Manchester City side

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Manchester City are beatable and West Ham must start fast to get a result against them this weekend, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers host the champions at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon [May 15] as they look to catch Manchester United in sixth place ahead of the final game of the season, trying to claim Europa League football once again.

But to do that they’ll need to beat Pep Guardiola’s side, who are on the cusp of winning a fourth league title in five years. According to McAvennie though, despite being a ‘formidable’ team even with their injury problems the fans can play a big part in helping David Moyes’ side get a result.

“Hopefully they take something in the game,” he told West Ham Zone.

“It’s at home, we’ve beaten them there before. I think they’ll probably play the young boy [CJ Egan-Riley] at centre-back. I just look at Pep’s team and you go, ‘so what? They put someone else in, switch it around and you think how did that work?’.

“Whoever they put out is a formidable team, but West Ham have got to go for it. Are they unbeatable? No, they’re not. You can beat Man City.

“You’ve got to get at them right from the word go and get the crowd behind them. I think it’s doable, I really do.”

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The win against City would be a huge scalp for West Ham in what has been a largely successful campaign, and they want to end it on a high.

Currently they have league wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham and they also beat both Manchester clubs in the Carabao Cup too, so they know they are capable of winning these big games if they play to their best.

A sixth place finish will mean Europa League football instead of Europa Conference League football next season, but would also be a signal to players like Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen that they can compete with the bigger teams.

It will of course be difficult, with City needing four points from their final two games to secure the title. They have nothing else to focus on and have scored ten goals in their last two games against Newcastle and Wolves.

But they will feel it is doable, just like McAvennie does, and if the team can have a big say on the title race then that would be an enjoyable way to end their home season.

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