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West Ham United v Manchester City – Premier League – London Stadium – Saturday 12:30pm – Preview
Brian Dear has urged West Ham United to pick up where they left off when Manchester City are the visitors to the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Resounding Premier League victories over Wolves and Leicester City followed up by that monumental recovery at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has handed the Hammers seven points from nine on offer, lifting them into the top half of the table ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s men.
And although City has made a habit of rocking up at the London Stadium and bagging a sack load of goals, Dear insists this time can be different.
“Why not?” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“We have performed really well against a very good side. We hadn’t really played badly at Spurs prior to the comeback. I think our best eleven is as good as anyone on our day.
“I don’t think we should be treating Manchester City any different. They haven’t started the season quite as well as they would have liked. Yes, they have some wonderful footballers and always seem to come here and score four or five goals. But we have a group which can change that – match them and get something from the game.”
Speaking about the Hammers comeback at Spurs, Dear added: “A former teammate of mine used to say ‘it’s a funny old game’ that was certainly true on Sunday afternoon.
“Spirit and confidence will be sky-high. Tottenham are a very good side – to go there and achieve what we did, especially after being three goals down, deserves credit.
“Manchester City will offer another tough challenge but let’s not make this about them. This is a chance to draw a line under recent results against them and continue building our own momentum.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Manchester City
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester City