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West Ham United v Manchester City – Carabao Cup fourth round – London Stadium – Wednesday (7:45pm) – Preview
Life couldn’t be much better from a West Ham United perspective right now. Entertaining football – A place in the Premier League’s top four – Europa League progress almost assured – Oh, and bragging rights over neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur after last Sunday’s single goal success at the London Stadium.
Nevertheless, if ever there was a team waiting to burst the East Londoners nicely inflated bubble, then it’s Manchester City.
City arrives in the capital for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie having not lost in the competition since October 2016 and lifting the trophy six times in the last eight years. It’s a daunting task for David Moyes’ emerging side. However, Brian Dear insists the match should hold no fears for the former frontmans’ side.
“Put it this way, if we knock out City it’s a clear road to Wembley,” he joked.
“Seriously, we know that Manchester City will be strong, whatever side Pep Guardiola puts out. But I’d like to think those days of them rockling up at the London Stadium and scoring four or five goals are behind us.
“We have an honest, hard-working group of footballers and plenty of flair of our own. The Tottenham result was a boost to all of us – Winning a derby always is. But I didn’t feel in the lead-up to the game, nor during the match, that they had enough to beat us. That is a sign of how much we have evolved since Moyes came back in.”
Dear continued: “City have a lot of qualities, but if we can match them for determination and effort then we can take the tie all the way. We’ll have another sellout crowd behind us. Sooner or later, someone has to beat them – Why not West Ham? Although we might have to rely on holding our nerve through a penalty shootout.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City (West Ham win on penalties)
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester City