By Daniel Lewis

15th Sep, 2023 | 11:10am

Chris Sutton predicts West Ham score v Manchester City, says 'David Moyes won't care'

Chris Sutton says David Moyes “will not care” about Manchester City dominating possession against West Ham when the sides meet at London Stadium on Saturday [16 September].

West Ham enter the game as one of four sides on 10 points, with only leaders City (12) claiming more across the opening four Premier League matches of the campaign.

Sutton can see the Hammers making themselves hard to break down, but cannot see past an away win in East London.

Predicting a 2-1 win for the Citizens, Sutton told BBC Sport: “Manchester City are going to completely control possession in this game, but West Ham boss David Moyes won’t care about that.

“The Hammers will just be sitting back and waiting to spring forward, and they are very good at that. Moyes is great at what he does in games like this, which is setting up his side to keep their shape and be hard to break down.

“Yes, it’s very different to Pep Guardiola’s attacking philosophy, but these sort of differences in tactics are part of what makes football so fascinating.

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“I still think City will be too strong for them in the end, but they are going to have to work hard to maintain their 100% start.”

Blueprint for success

West Ham have already showed they have the perfect blueprint to win this type of fixture in their 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on 26 August.

Moyes’ side had just 22% of the ball, yet they raced into a 3-0 lead at the Amex Stadium as they sat back and took full advantage of their counter-attacking opportunities.

They will need to be at their absolute best if they are to take anything off City, and Moyes will no doubt have each of his players well drilled so they each know exactly what their role is.

United have a rather poor record against Guardiola’s City, most recently losing home and away without scoring last season, but there is a real feeling that it could be different this time around.

No matter how they set up, there is no reason not to believe that West Ham can come away from this previously daunting fixture with a point or more.

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