By Daniel Feliciano

6th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Chris Sutton worried by West Ham United injuries, predicts result v Manchester City

Chris Sutton is worried by the injuries in defence that West Ham have, as he predicted them to suffer a heavy defeat to Manchester City on the opening day.

The Hammers added £30m man Nayef Aguerd to the squad this summer, but will be without the Moroccan for the opening day clash with the champions through injury.

New striker Gianluca Scamacca is also not expected to be fit enough to start after his move, and Sutton told BBC Sport that with essentially the same squad as last season he expects a 3-0 City win at the London Stadium on Sunday.

“West Ham have signed striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sampdoria but I don’t think he’s up to speed yet,” he said.

“My main worry with the Hammers, though, is at the back. They spent a few quid on defender Nayef Aguerd earlier this summer, but he is out injured.

“So I don’t see the Hammers causing City problems like they did when they drew 2-2 at London Stadium at the end of last season.

“City hit five past them there on the opening day a couple of years ago and I think they will get a few goals this time too.

“Pep Guardiola’s side were not at their best against Liverpool in the Community Shield but I’m expecting an improvement this time, and I also think Erling Haaland will open his account.”

Tough

There’s no doubting that it’s going to be a really tough opening day for West Ham when they welcome the best team in the country to the London Stadium.

City have added several top players to their ranks this summer and while West Ham fans are happy with their business so far, it’s likely to mean very little if none of them are in the team for the game.

Pre-season hasn’t been the best for David Moyes’ side and while the fans will be raring them on inside the ground, City are likely to prove a bit too strong for them.

The defence outside of injuries shouldn’t be a huge worry as there is plenty of quality and options within the squad to choose from.

It’s arguably even stronger than last season with Maxwel Cornet set to join to compete on the left, while Aguerd was also joined by the return to fitness of Angelo Ogbonna this summer to provide more options.