Brian Dear: I don’t think the break will help us at Manchester City

Manchester City v West Ham United – Etihad Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 7:45pm

Manchester City v West Ham United – Preview:

AFTER STORM CIARA had put pay to Manchester City and West Ham United’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium a week and a half ago, the two sides try again on Wednesday evening, although Brian Dear predicts that his initial thoughts on the outcome will be very much the same.

West Ham boss, David Moyes, will have used the winter break – extended by that unlikely postponement – to recharge his ailing squad. However, with City the proverbial ‘wounded animal’ following UEFA handing them a two-year European ban for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules, Dear thinks it could be a case of heading into the lion’s den for the struggling east Londoners.

“Nothing is going to make it any easier for West Ham,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“I thought we would struggle before the game was called off. I still think we will get beaten now. We don’t have the quality that they possess – it’s that simple.

“We have been lucky that other results have gone our way and we are still in touch, despite sitting in the relegation zone. But in all honesty, Manchester City and Liverpool away in successive matches suggest we will need them to go our way again to prevent us from becoming cut adrift.

Dear added: “The additions of Tomáš Souček and Jarrod Bowen have undoubtedly boosted our chances of staying up. But I think our issues are at the back. 

“We are all over the place defensively. That has to change – and fast. But how do you go about snubbing out the likes of City and Liverpool?

“Another worry for me is whether we have the heart for a relegation battle. Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen Norwich and Aston Villa in action. Although both were beaten, they seemed a lot more up for the fight than some of our players.

“It’s in the hands of this group to prove people wrong and get us out of this mess. Can they achieve that? I’m not so sure.” 

Manchester City v West Ham United – Head to head:

Manchester City won: 57

Drawn: 17

West Ham United won: 37

Manchester City v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

April 29, 2018 – Premier League

West Ham United 1-4 Manchester City

November 24, 2018 – Premier League

West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City

February 27, 2019 – Premier League

Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United

July 17, 2019 – Premier League Asia Trophy

Manchester City 4-1 West Ham United

August 10, 2019 – Premier League

West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City

Brian Dear’s prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Manchester City 4-1 West Ham United

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