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Fernandinho and Laporte start as City make three changes for West Ham

Pep Guardiola has made three changes for the penultimate Premier League game of the season against West Ham United, though Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte retain their place after recovering from the knocks they picked up against Wolves.

Both players limped off early in the midweek win at Molineux, but have been declared fit to start and will resume their central defensive partnership against David Moyes’ men.

It means Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez are the only changes for City, with the attacking trio replacing Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling, who are all among the substitutes.

Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker remain out with injury, so the bench is completed by the the young quartet of CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Cole Palmer and Romeo Lavia.

Teams

CITY: Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish.

SUBS: Steffen, Ake, Sterling, Gundogan, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer, Lavia.

WEST HAM: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice (C), Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio.

SUBS: Areola (GK), Johnson, Fredericks, Kral, Noble, Masuaku, Okoflex, Vlasic, Yarmolenko.

Formation

It should be the usual 4-3-3 for City today.

Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko will take their usual full-back roles, either side of Fernandinho and Laporte, with Rodrigo protecting the back four as the deepest lying midfielder.

Bernardo Silva and the in form Kevin De Bruyne complete the midfield and will be tasked with providing the creativity that unlocks the Hammers’ defence for the returning trio of Grealish, Jesus and Mahrez in the forward line.

The Algerian’s inclusion suggests the Brazilian will lead the line up front, with Grealish operating off the left flank, but, as always, we’ll have to wait until kick-off to see how Guardiola’s men shape up.

Stats and facts

  • This is the 100th top-flight meeting between the sides.
  • City are unbeaten in 12 league games against West Ham since losing 2-1 at home in September 2015.
  • We are the first team in English top-flight history to win five consecutive league games by a margin of at least three goals.
  • Our tally of 45 away points this season is the fourth highest in Premier League history after Arsenal in 2001-02 (47), Chelsea in 2004-05 (48) and our own performance in 2017-18 (50).
  • Kevin de Bruyne has eight goals and five assists in his last eight league appearances. This is his best goalscoring campaign for City in both the league (15 goals) and all competitions (19).
  • Raheem Sterling has been involved in 14 goals in 16 league games against West Ham (eight goals, six assists), more than he has versus any other side. Nine of these have come in five appearances at the London Stadium, with four goals and five assists.
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