West Ham vs Man City: The two-time reigning Premier League champions will begin their search for a third successive title when they visit the London Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 11:30am ET at Peacock Premium).
STREAM LIVE WEST HAM vs MAN CITY
Last season Pep Guardiola’s side finished a point above runners-up Liverpool as they matched each other, step by step, for much of the campaign. The summer arrival of Erling Haaland, one of the two best prospects since Neymar left Brazil for Europe, has raised expectations to new heights. West Ham, meanwhile, are looking to build on last season’s 7th place finish, just a point adrift of Manchester United.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of West Ham vs Man City.
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How to watch West Ham vs Man City live, streaming links and start times
Kick off: 11:30 a.m. ET, Sunday
On line: Stream via Peacock Premium
Main storyline & star cast
Having won six of the last 11 Premier League titles, Manchester City could now become the first team to win three since rivals Manchester United did so from 2006-2009. There will be early hurdles as Haaland catches up to a team-mate who has played in Guardiola’s system since he arrived in 2016, but the big bet ($80 million, to be exact) is that Norway’s massive goal-scoring prowess will pay off in the Champions League, the final piece of the puzzle. which is difficult for Man City to understand. Will that transition cost them points early in the season, or will they start operating with or without direct production from Haaland?
As for West Ham, the 2022-23 season could be a crossroads for the club, as they find it increasingly difficult to break through the glass ceiling that is the Premier League’s “top six”. The Hammers slipped to 6th place two seasons ago (and played it to advance to the Europa League semi-finals) before falling back down to 7th last season. Of course, finishing in the top six once every few years doesn’t make you a top six team, and West Ham’s big question is this: Can they realistically make the next move without spending $100 million each summer for the next three seasons? years, ala the big six? Probably not, which means the clock is ticking for David Moyes. If he couldn’t possibly take them higher, the only direction they could go would be down, and it wouldn’t be worth holding on to after a significant investment had been made.
West Ham team news, injuries, line-up options
OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONS: Gianluca Scamacca (fitness), Angelo Ogbonna (fitness), Issa Diop (beats)
Man City team news, injuries, line-up options
OUT: Aymeric Laporte (knee), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE)