City look to consolidate pole position in the Premier League this weekend with a trip to West Ham - here are five talking points ahead of our trip to the London Stadium.


City enjoy playing in London.

In fact, that’s something of an understatement.

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You have to go back to a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal on April 2017, some 19 months ago, for the last time the Blues travelled back from the capital empty-handed.

That’s 13 games, of which 12 ended in victory and just one in a 0-0 draw - more impressively still, City have scored 30 goals and conceded just two during that run!

There are lifelong Blues out there who will attest that a trip to London for the Blues used to be a miserable experience on a fairly regular basis, but those days are firmly in the past.



City have won their last seven games in all competitions, scoring 26 goals along the way.

In fact, the Blues have won 10 and drawn one of the last 11 matches, conceding just three goals during that time.

Three points at the London Stadium is crucial if City are to keep their noses out in front of the chasing pack.

Liverpool face a tricky game at Watford and Chelsea will take on Spurs at Wembley, so a victory over the Hammers could possibly increase the lead over either of our closest rivals at present, dependent on results elsewhere.


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He has the capability of lifting the home fans and his team-mates, so will need to be carefully monitored by City’s central defenders.

Felipe Anderson is quickly finding his feet in the Premier League and is looking an astute signing, and with the colossus that is Andy Carroll declared fit, City’s defence could be in for a busy afternoon.


The City and West Ham managers have met on 11 previous occasions with various clubs and Pep is comfortably ahead at present.

Pep has won eight of the 11 meetings during his time as Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, with Manuel only triumphing on a couple of occasions.

The pair have the greatest respect for one another and it will be fascinating to see how this contest pans out – their first Premier League clash so far.

As far as Pep’s record against the Hammers is enviable, with five wins from five and 17 goals scored with just three conceded.


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City haven't conceded a goal from open play since the first minute of our away game with Hoffenheim.

That equates to nine games and 809 minutes since a player breached our defence other than from a penalty kick.

Both Danny Ings and Anthony Martial scored after Ederson fouls in the box for Southampton and Manchester United respectively and, if you wanted to stretch the stat further, the three games prior to Hoffenheim were all clean sheets.

So, going back to the goal prior to Hoffenheim, you'd have to add another 317 minutes until Nabil Fekir's 43rd-minute strike for Lyon.

One goal conceded during open play in just shy of 19 hours of football. Incredible.