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City seek more capital gains at London Stadium

City seek more capital gains at London Stadium
City return to Premier League action this weekend with the champions travelling to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United.

If recent history – and City’s superb run of form leading up to the November international break are anything to go by – Pep Guardiola’s side will be seeking more impressive capital gains.

The Blues’ record away at West Ham since the Hammers made the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium in the summer of 2016 makes for remarkable reading.

To date, City have made three trips to the site of the 2012 London Olympics and returned home with convincing victories on each occasion.

Guardiola's side has revelled in the inviting canvas of the London Stadium’s wide-open spaces with the beautiful football of Pep side’s given full artistic expression in the capital.

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The stats read three games played, three wins, 13 goals scored, one conceded. 

Along the way City have racked up a total of 49 shots, including 23 on target, with the Blues averaging more than 70 per cent possession across the three games.

Here’s a quick reminder of our hugely impressive form at the London Stadium…

West Ham 0 City 5 – January 6, 2017

City made their inaugural trip to the venue for an FA Cup third round assignment in early January 2017.

The game under the Friday night lights, was Guardiola’s  first taste of the world’s oldest cup competition and it proved to be a memorable one as the Blues chalked up a stunning 5-0 victory.

West Ham simply couldn’t cope with City’s potent mixture of pace, power and precision with the Blues going in at the break 3-0 ahead after a devastating salvo which brought three goals in eight minutes from Yaya Toure, David Silva and an own goal from Havard Nordtveit.

The on-way traffic continued unabated after the break with Sergio Aguero and John Stones rounding off a five-star display from City.

West Ham 0 City 4 – February 1, 2017

Less than a month after that FA Cup rout, the sides met once again in East London, this time for a Premier League assignment.

The competition and while the midweek kick-off time may have felt different, in every other regard it proved to be a carbon copy as City once more proved a class apart on the wide-open space of the London Stadium pitch.

Yet again, the game as a contest was effectively over by half-time with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus – his first goal for the Club following his move to City from Brazilian side Palmeiras – once again powering the Blues into a 3-0 half-time lead.

As second-half penalty from Yaya Toure helped set the seal on another dominant display from the Blues and left the hosts grateful for the small mercy that they were spared any more capital punishment from Guardiola’s side in the 2016/17 campaign.

West Ham 1 City 4 – April 29, 2018

City had to wait almost 15 months before returning to the London Stadium in what was our first outing after being confirmed as 2017/18 Premier League champions.

However, if the Hammers were hoping that Guardiola’s side would be tempted to ease off the throttle, they were in for a rude awakening

City were at their irresistible attacking best more once again, putting the Hammers to the sword with a commanding and convincing 4-1 win.

The Blues were again quick out of the blocks, racing into a two-goal lead inside the first half-hour thanks to Leroy Sane and an own goal from former City favourite Pablo Zabaleta.

And though Aaron Cresswell reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time it was merely a temporary respite.

A Brazilian brace from Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho set the seal on another emphatic victory as City rewrote the record books by becoming the quickest side in Premier League history to record 100 goals in a season. 

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