By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

15th Sep, 2023 | 11:40am

Pundit shares how West Ham United can ‘get something’ in Premier League clash v Manchester City

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie believes West Ham need to play counter-attacking football if they are to get something from their clash with Manchester City.

The Hammers welcome the defending champions to the London Stadium for their Premier League encounter on Saturday (16 September).

The hosts currently sit joint-second in the league table on 10 points, two points behind the visitors, who top the standings. Both clubs remain unbeaten after their four matches so far this season going into the meeting in East London.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I know I have a go at David Moyes sometimes for being defensive-minded, but this is one of the games that you have to play counter-attacking football, and they are very good at it.

“I’m a realist and I know it’s the way football is, but I would like to see them on the front foot more. But I understand it, and they are getting results. They are going into it full of optimism anyway, that’s for sure. I think West Ham can get something out of the game.

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“Manchester City will have all the ball, but hopefully we score a couple of goals. It’s the one game I don’t mind West Ham counter-attacking, because if they go toe to toe with Manchester City they are going to get beat. And they could get beat heavily, just like anyone who does that against Manchester City when they are on their day.

“West Ham are confusing me though. I thought they could be in trouble at Brighton, but they won. I thought they would be in trouble against Chelsea, but they won. If we get a draw this weekend I’ll be delighted. A win would be even better.”

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