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West Ham United v Manchester City Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, Premier League

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25′ Goal Gabriel Fernando de Jesus

24′ Fabianski shows nerves of steel to knock the ball past Jesus when chased down by the Brazil striker. Up the other end, Zinchenko stands firm to cut out the danger.

23′ SIDE-NETTING ONLY! Mahrez is played in by De Bruyne but the angle is massively against him. He brings the ball inside Cresswell and shoots into the side-netting – City’s best moment so far.

22′ Man City have had 55 per cent of the ball in the opening 20 minutes and have managed just one attempt on target. It has been a slow start from Guardiola’s men, but West Ham have not really been able to make the most of it.

20′ West Ham turn over possession and hit their opponents on the break, but Haller opts against running at his man and tries to tee up Antonio. Laporte is well positioned to thwart what was a promising move.

18′ Fredericks gets none of the ball and plenty of Sterling to concede a free-kick wide on the left. City try to play it short but it rolls straight through for Fabianski to collect. Guardiola does not look too pleased at the moment.

16′ SHOT! Antonio whips the ball in from the right but it is far too deep and none of his team-mates are anywhere near it. Up the other end, Silva is given time to get a shot away and drags his 20-yard effort wide of the post.

14′ Antonio closes down Walker high up the pitch. The visitors are, as ever, trying to work the ball up the field from deep, but they are not having much luck thus far.

12′ The visitors are starting to grow into the match but they are nowhere near their free-flowing best – understandable, given this is their first league game of the season. A pass towards Mahrez is overhit and rolls straight out of play.

10′ FIRST SAVE! Mahrez comes inside from the right and curls a shot towards the bottom corner, but Fabianski gets down to make the save – the first of the match.

9′ Rodri was guilty of giving away possession in the build-up to that penalty shout. Walker has also been sloppy on the ball in what has been a slow start from the reigning champions. Can West Ham punish them?

8′ PENALTY APPEAL! Rodri panics when trying to get the ball off Lanzini. The Man City midfielder did make contact with his opponent inside the box, but Lanzini was already off balance and falling to the ground. A quick VAR check backs up referee Mike Dean’s view that no penalty should be awarded.

7′ Walker carries the ball into central midfield and it is worked across to the left. It eventually drops to Sterling in the box but Balbuena gets back to end the attacking move.

5′ Man City are struggling to keep hold of the ball in the early stages. West Ham, by comparison, have settled fairly well.

4′ Walker gives away possession and it allows Felipe Anderson to carry the ball forward, but the attack breaks down on the edge of the area. Cresswell is back on the field for West Ham.

3′ Cresswell has three players right on top of him yet he almost manages to wriggle away from them near the corner flag. The full-back appears to have been caught in the face by Walker’s arm and he is in need of some treatment.

1′ KICK-OFF! West Ham, aiming to pull off a big upset on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, get us under way!

The two teams are now out on the field at the London Stadium and we are moments away from kick-off.

For the sixth consecutive campaign, West Ham are kicking off their Premier League season against one of the ‘big six’ sides, with Man City being the sixth different heavyweight team they have faced in that time. United have lost four of their previous five, with the exception being a 2-0 win at Arsenal in 2015-16.

The big team news as far as Man City are concerned is that Aguero and Bernardo are both named on the bench, with Jesus and Mahrez being preferred. Mahrez missed last weekend’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool due to precautionary measures over fears he may fail a drugs test. That issue has been cleared up, though, and he starts today on the right of City’s front three. Ederson is involved from the off, too, despite a disrupted pre-season, and Laporte has recovered from injury to partner Stones in the heart of defence.

Haller is handed his competitive debut for West Ham, playing off a familiar three-man attacking midfield of Felipe Anderson, Lanzini and Antonio. Fabianski missed last weekend’s friendly against Athletic Bilbao, but he has recovered from a minor injury to replace Jimenez in goal. Fornals, another player who has arrived at the London Stadium amid much fanfare, starts this opening game of the season among the subs.

Man City subs: Nicolas Otamendi, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Claudio Bravo.

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, David Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.

West Ham subs: Pablo Zabaleta, Angelo Ogbonna, Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Sanchez, Roberto Jimenez.

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Aaron Cresswell (c); Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice; Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson; Sebastien Haller.

West Ham have also splashed the cash since finishing 10th last season, with French striker Sebastian Haller among those to join in what was a club-record transfer. A lot is expected of Manuel Pellegrini’s men this term, and there is hope that they can hit the ground running with victory against their manager’s former side today. A lot of that will depend on how quickly their new arrivals settle.

City finished top of the table last season for the second year running and they head into this new campaign as the favourites to make it three in a row. Pep Guardiola has arguably strengthened his squad during the close season by bringing in highly-rated holding midfielder Rodri, while back-up right-back Danilo has been replaced by Joao Cancelo and Angelino provides cover on the opposite flank. There is a lack of depth at centre-back, however, as inspirational skipper Vincent Kompany has moved on.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League meeting between West Ham and Manchester City at the London Stadium.

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