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West Ham v Man City: Talking Points

HAMMERS FORM: Raheem Sterling scored twice in the Etihad game

HAMMERS FORM: Raheem Sterling scored twice in the Etihad game

FA Cup magic, Man City squad selection and what we learned from the last West Ham game all feature in our latest talking points...

1 Up for the cup

City have dug deep over Christmas to win four out of five Premier League games - and boss Pep Guardiola is not about to take his foot off the gas now. The Catalan manager has landed a remarkable 21 titles so far, and as a keen student of the game, he would surely love to add an FA Cup to that collection.

2 What we learned

City defeated West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League back in August as Raheem Sterling dazzled at the Etihad Stadium. The winger scored twice either side of Fernandinho's header, although Michail Antonio served notice of his ability with a goal for the Hammers. A notable absentee for Slaven Bilic's men that day was Dmitri Payet, but the creative Frenchman is likely to be in action tonight and will need close attention.

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3 Teamsheet

Guardiola is forced into at least one change with Fernandinho suspended, but the boss could shuffle his squad elsewhere. Fabian Delph is back in training and is in contention for a first appearance since the August Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest, while in goal Willy Caballero will be pushing for a start.

4 Sideshow

The main action occurs on the pitch of course, but it will be worth the odd glance to the sidelines to watch Guardiola and Bilic. They are two of the most charismatic and demonstrative managers in the game... who will win the battle of wits this time?

What the Media Says

Aguero recalls Messi meeting

APPRECIATION: Sergio Aguero has hailed his compatriot Lionel Messi

There's plenty of Man City-centric media talk this morning as we build up to the FA Cup clash with West Ham.

Do the names Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Lionel Messi pique your interest? Then read on...

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Pep Guardiola can't wait to make his FA Cup debut as Manchester City manager.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes he is at the 'perfect' club