Premier League

  • R. Sterling 7’
  • Fernandinho 18’
  • R. Sterling 90’
  • 58’ M. Antonio
0 Extra Time 0
3 Full Time 1
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 54,008


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      Risky from Caballero, who is once again in no man’s land as he comes out to try and prevent Fletcher having a free strike on goal, but fortunately for the hosts Calleri gets in he way of his teammate’s effort.
    • 45'
      We’re into the second of two minutes added time at the end of the first-half...
    • 90'
      G R. Sterling Assist Nolito
    • 90'
      Silva has been fantastic this afternoon, and gets involved again with that assist, just a minute after hammering a brilliant striker against the post.
    • 90'
      GOOOOAAAALLL!! STERLING WRAPS IT UP! Just moments after Silva had clattered an effort against the woodwork, the Spaniard turns provider again by sliding through a neat pass into the feet of Sterling who, after fooling Adrian, nudges home a precise finish to seal the victory.
    • 90'
      There will be four minutes of stoppage time...
    • 0'
      Well, that’s all from me for now. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
    • 0'
      Overall though, it is no less than City deserved. Next up for them, it is the Manchester derby! Meanwhile, West Ham will be hoping that some of their injured stars are fit for their clash with Watford.
    • 0'
      While City were stunning in the first-half, they allowed West Ham to get back into the game after the interval, Antonio heading home to put the hosts under some pressure. However, Pep’s side withstood it, and managed to secure the spoils late on when Sterling slid in his second of the afternoon.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME! It’s all over at the Etihad, where City have claimed their fifth-straight win under Pep Guardiola to ensure that they top the Premier League at the end of August.
    • 0'
      De Bruyne himself had the chance to further extend City’s lead shortly after, but the Belgian was unable to find the target after latching onto David Silva’s excellent come-back. All-in-all, West Ham can consider themselves lucky to be only two down at the interval.
    • 0'
      Slaven Bilic’s side may be depleted, but they may well be demoralised after that 45 minutes. They have been chasing the ball since the get-go, and were behind early on when Sterling wrapped off a stunning move from the hosts with a venomous close-range finish. And City wasted no time in doubling the
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME! That’s the interval at the Etihad, and what a half of football we have witnessed from Manchester City, who have dominated West Ham throughout, with Pep Guardiola’s philosophy having taken full effect. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho have handed them a 2-0 lead heading into the
    • 0'
      We’re just moments away from kick-off now at the Etihad, and City, looking to keep up with early pace-setters Chelsea and Manchester United - have every reason to be confident of claiming a victory - especially considering they have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ha
    • 0'
      Given the extensive injury list, Bilic has switched from his usual 4-3-3 system to a 3-5-2 formation this afternoon, perhaps in an attempt to counter Guardiola’s possession-based style. In comes Angelo Ogbonna, who drops in alongside Winston Reid and James Collins at the back, with Michail Antonio a
    • 0'
      So, six changes in total the for Bilic from West Ham’s defeat on Thursday. As mentioned, the Croatian has a plethora of injuries to contend with, including a knock to star-man Dimitri Payet, who has not featured since coming on as a second-half substitute against Chelsea in their first match of the
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS - West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Lanzini, Obiang, Byram, Calleri, Burke, Oxford.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS - West Ham (3-5-2): Adrian; Reid, Collins, Ogbonna; Antonio, Tore, Noble, Kouyate, Masuaku; Fletcher, Valenica.
    • 0'
      Another high-profile casualty of the Guardiola take-over may well prove to be Yaya Toure, who despite starting in midweek misses out all together this afternoon, with Pep making nine changes in total - Gael Clichy, Nolito and John Stones, an ever-present since his move from Everton, the only players
    • 0'
      City’s excellent start to the campaign has been somewhat overshadowed by the uncertainty surrounding Joe Hart, with the England number one surplus to requirements under Guardiola, who has already stated that the goalkeeper is free to leave the Etihad, with City having completed the signing of Barcel
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS - Man City substitutes: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Navas, Delph, Iheanacho.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS - Man City (4-3-3): Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Nolito.
    • 0'
      The team news is in from the Etihad, with around 20 minutes remaining until kick-off. So, without further ado, let’s check on the line-ups. We’ll start off with the home side…
    • 0'
      However, they couldn’t repeat the feat on Thursday, as a 1-0 home defeat to Astra ensured that they slumped out of the Europa League in the qualifying stages. They are, at least, boosted by the news of a new signing, though, with Italy forward Simone Zaza having completed his loan move from Juventus
    • 0'
      On the other hand, injury-hit West Ham have had a rather indifferent start to their campaign. Slaven Bilic’s side claimed their first league win of the season against Bournemouth last time out, as Michail Antonio’s late header ensured they marked their first Premier League appearance at London Stadi
    • 0'
      It has been a fine start to life under Pep Guardiola for City, who have triumphed in all four of their competitive fixtures so far in 2016/17 - the most-recent of which was the 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucuresti at the Etihad on Wednesday, and a win today could see City top the table heading into the
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome, football fans, to this LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham. Stick right here for all the action as it happens from the Etihad Stadium!
    • 1'
      KICK-OFF! We are up and running in Manchester, with the visitors getting proceedings underway on the sound of Andre Marriner's whistle.
    • 2'
      The first corner of the game goes City’s way, with Silva drilling in the cross. Otamendi latches onto it, but the former Valencia man cannot keep his header down.
    • 4'
      A crisp start from City then, with Silva and De Bruyne linking well on the left before the latter eventually floats in a dangerous cross to the back post, but Aguero is unable to keep the ball in play. Moments later, the aforementioned Argentina striker - who has netted in every game he has played u
    • 5'
      Slack play from West Ham, who are really under the cosh at the moment. Noble concedes possession deep in his own half, with Silva capitalising. The playmaker curls an effort goal-wards, but it sails off target.
    • 6'
      An early booking now, as Fernandinho picks up a caution for a rash later tackle on Valencia, who has been linked with a move away from West Ham before the transfer window draws to a close.
    • 7'
      G R. Sterling Assist Nolito
    • 7'
      While much of the credit must go to Silva for the sublime build-up, Nolito set the chance up perfectly for Sterling with a superb cross. The former Celta Vigo man has certainly enjoyed his start to life in Manchester.
    • 7'
      GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!! STUNNING PLAY FROM CITY! What a move that was from the hosts. Silva is the architect, playing a quick one-two with Stones before driving towards the area and sliding a wonderful throughball into the path of Nolito, who picks out Sterling with a venomous cross - the ex-Liverpool
    • 9'
      STAT FLASH - After that opener, Sterling has now had a hand in four goals in four games under Guardiola (1 goal, 3 assists).
    • 12'
      West Ham have finally come out of their defensive shell now, as they win a corner on right. Tore whips in the cross, but it is no trouble for Zabaleta, who duly knocks it clear.
    • 14'
      Another booking now, and a first one for the visitors, as Masuaku slams into De Bruyne after the Belgium winger had been set free down the right by Caballero.
    • 16'
      Patient, precise play now from the home side, as they work a slick move into the feet of Aguero, who links up with Silva, but Antonio did well to prevent the Spain playmaker getting the cross in.
    • 18'
      G Fernandinho Assist Nolito
    • 18'
      It was a terrific cross from De Bruyne, who curled in an exquisite delivery that Fernandinho simply needed to nod home from close-range.
    • 18'
      GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! FERNANDINHO MAKES IT 2-0! Fantastic play again from City, as De Bruyne curls in a sublime cross from the right, which the Brazil midfielder duly heads home after losing his marker.
    • 21'
      STAT FLASH - De Bruyne has 15 assists since debuting for Manchester City (all comps), five more than any other player at the club. Again, he delivers a fantastic delivery from another set-piece, but on this occasion no City player is on hand to add a third.
    • 23'
      West Ham shot-stopper Adrian received his first Spain call-up in midweek, but the former Real Betis man has had no chance with either of City’s efforts on target so far.
    • 25'
      Another opportunity now for City, as Nolito is scythed down by Antonio right on the edge of the area. Silva and De Bruyne stand over the set-piece...
    • 26'
      CLOSE! It is indeed De Bruyne who takes it on, this time going for goal himself. The Belgian manages to get the ball up and over the wall at pace. Adrian is well beaten but, fortunately for the visitors, the strike whistles just over.
    • 28'
      Brave, determined defending from Stones, who slides in excellently on Masuaku to prevent the former Olympiacos defender driving down the wing. It is an excellent challenge from the England man, who picks up a knock for his troubles and has to receive some treatment, but he appears to be okay to carr
    • 30'
      CHANCE! Better from West Ham, as the visitors look to make the most of their numerical advantage. Tore does well down the right to stand a ball up to the back post, with Fletcher and Valencia in the area. The latter appeared to be in a better position to meet the delivery head on, but instead it is
    • 32'
      Excellent defending from Otamendi, who like his defensive partner Stones just a moment ago, slides in with a wonderfully-timed challenge to prevent Antonio, who had got on the end of a magnificent diagonal from Noble, getting into the area.
    • 34'
      CHANCE! That should have been 3-0! Brilliant stuff once again from City, as they work a rapid move from back-to-front. Silva makes his way into the area and picks out the onrushing De Bruyne with a terrific cut-back, but the ex-Chelsea midfielder cannot hit the target.
    • 37'
      De Bruyne may have just squandered that gilt-edged opportunity to extend City’s lead, but the playmaker has already shown his quality with an excellent assist this afternoon. Since the start of 2014-15 in the top five European leagues, only Lionel Messi has provided more assists than the Belgian.
    • 39'
      City have been simply unplayable at times this afternoon, and West Ham can consider themselves fortunate not to be further behind. Billie’s three-at-the-back system has had little impact as of yet, and neither Fletcher no Valencia seem to have the presence to threaten the hosts’ defence.
    • 41'
      Amazing passing from City, as Aguero drops deep down the right and plays a sublime one-two with Stones - who has run the show for the hosts from deep so far. Again, the ball is worked into Silva, who looks to feed Nolito, but this time the City forward cannot get his cross in.
    • 43'
      Terrific reading of the game from Adrian, who is out quickly to prevent Aguero latching onto an awesome throughball from Silva. West Ham are hanging on here...
    • 44'
      Good positioning and strength from Stones, there, as the ex-Barnsley youngster prevents Tore picking up a loose ball with a brilliant piece of defending, shirking off the challenge of the Turkey winger before nudging the ball back to his goalkeeper.
    • 46'
      SI S. Byram SO Nolito
    • 46'
      A change now for the visitors, as Bilic introduces Sam Byram in place of Gokhan Tore, which frees up Michail Antonio to get forward.
    • 47'
      An early chance now for City who, after working their way out from the back in composed fashion, win a free-kick down the right flank after Sterling was brought down. De Bruyne will deliver...
    • 48'
      NO GOAL! City through they had a third there, as Nolito nudged home after getting on the end of Aguero’s glancing header, but the strike is correctly ruled out for offside.
    • 49'
      Risky play there from City, as a mix-up between Caballero and Fernandinho almost allows Fletcher to get in on goal. The goalkeeper took charge of the situation, doing well to clear before drawing a foul from the West Ham youngster, who receives a booking for his troubles.
    • 50'
      For a moment, it appeared that Joe Hart may well have had to come on to make his first league appearance of the campaign, with Caballero struggling after that collision with Fletcher, but the former Malaga goalkeeper recovers quickly enough.
    • 52'
      CLOSE! City win another free-kick deep in West Ham’s half, despite the protests of Mark Noble, who duly picks up a caution for dissent. Silva is the one who gets the cross in on this occasion, with the ball rebounding out to Nolito on the cusp of the area. The Spain winger sets himself before hammer
    • 54'
      Clever play from Masuaku down the left for West Ham, as the full-back does well to draw a foul from De Bruyne. However, Bilic’s men cannot make anything of the set-piece, and City break at pace, but Aguero’s eventual effort is well wide of the target.
    • 57'
      That’s marginal! Fantastic play once more from City, as they carve West Ham open with ease, Nolito sliding through a precise pass into the path of Aguero, who appeared to have timed his run to perfection, but luckily for the visitors the linesman deemed him to be offside.
    • 58'
      G M. Antonio Assist Nolito
    • 58'
      It was a well-worked move from West Ham - Masuaku finally getting forward and putting in a decent delivery. City’s defending was poor, and Caballero was in no man’ land, but Antonio was in the right place at the right time to head in.
    • 58'
      GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! ANTONIO GETS ONE BACK FOR WEST HAM! Well, out of nothing, the visitors have hauled themselves back into this game, and it is that man Antonio - who headed in the last-gasp winner against Bournemouth last week - who gets on the end of Masuaku’s cross and nods home into the top corne
    • 59'
      SI A. Kolarov SO Nolito
    • 59'
      During the aftermath of that goal, City have been forced into a change, with John Stones - struggling with an apparent injury to the area around his eye - makes way for Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 60'
      SI M. Lanzini SO Nolito
    • 60'
      The pendulum in this game has suddenly swung in favour of West Ham, and Bilic has reacted to that by introducing Manuel Lanzini, who replaces Enner Valencia.
    • 63'
      STAT FLASH - Antonio has scored a league-high eight headed goals in the Premier League since the start of 2015-16, and, since August last year, no English midfielder has scored more Premier League goals than the former Nottingham Forest man.
    • 65'
      CLOSE! Aguero hasn’t had his finest day in a City shirt so far this afternoon, but he almost restored the hosts’ two-goal cushion there as he slalomed his way around Reid, but his eventual strike rattled into the side-netting.
    • 67'
      Since Stones was taken off, City’s make-shift defence has appeared to be somewhat shaky, especially Kolarov, who is playing as an auxiliary centre-back at the moment. Guardiola’s side could p with a third quickly to settle the nerves.
    • 69'
      Nearly! Adrian was almost embarrassed there, as Aguero’s attempted cross deflects wickedly off Byram. The ball looks set to beat the Spanish goalkeeper at first, but he manages to adjust his feet and get down to make an instinctive stop.
    • 72'
      City are just starting to turn the screw again now following that stint of West Ham pressure, though it has to be said that they are lacking the verve and confidence that was present in the first half.
    • 74'
      STAT FLASH - West Ham have now scored in 16 successive Premier League matches – the longest such current run in the competition.
    • 75'
      SI S. Nasri SO Nolito
    • 75'
      A second change now from City, as Samir Nasri - whose future at the club appears to be in doubt - replaces Nolito. Meanwhile, there is a pause in play as Reid receives treatment following a nasty collision with Aguero, who is perhaps fortunate to escape a booking.
    • 78'
      SI J. Calleri SO Nolito
    • 78'
      Indeed, Reid will not be coming back on, as he makes way for striker Jonathan Calleri, who made his debut last time out.
    • 80'
      Better from City, as they string together a promising counter-attack, but Silva’s final pass is just slightly overhit, and Nasri is unable to take it under his control. Ten minutes left to play, plus stoppage time...
    • 82'
      STAT FLASH - Despite their dominance, City haven't registered a shot on target since Fernandinho's goal (in the 18th minute). As I type, West Ham win a corner on the right flank… Lanzini whips in the delivery, but Otamendi is well-placed to clear.
    • 83'
      Experienced defending from Collins, as the former Aston Villa man gets across to prevent Aguero getting on the end of Nasri’s cross.
    • 85'
      Brilliant stuff from Byram, who gets back just in time to prevent Nasri’s deflected strike reaching Silva after the Frenchman had got the better of Adrian.
    • 86'
      A free-kick now for West Ham around 30 yards out from goal, now, as Lanzini is tripped by Otamendi. The Argentine midfielder stands over the set-piece...
    • 87'
      POOR! That’s wasteful from West Ham, as Collins stars offside from Lanzini’s free-kick.
    • 88'
      SI Fernando SO Nolito
    • 88'
      A third and final change now for City, as Aguero - who was perhaps fortunate to escape a possible red card for what appeared to be a deliberate elbow on Reid - makes way for Fernando.
    • 90'
      CHANCE! Sterling really should have wrapped up the victory there for City but, after being teed up by Silva, the England winger can only find the side-netting. Moments later, Nasri - who has looked bright since his introduction - also goes close, his strike sailing wide.

    Line Up

    David Silva



    Josep Guardiola
    Manuel Pellegrini



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 6 10
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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