MANCHESTER City look to continue their 100 per cent record this season as they take on West Ham at the Etihad.
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- NEW Manchester City signing Claudio Bravo doesn’t even make the bench – as Willy Caballero starts again in goal.
- Pep Guardiola’s team have looked impressive so far this campaign – with two Premier League wins from two.
- The Spaniard can maintain his 100 per cent winning record and join Chelsea and Manchester United on nine points at the top of the table.
- Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, whose new signing Simone Zaza was confirmed earlier today, will seek to make amends for their Europa League exit earlier in the week.
5.56: That’s all from me this afternoon. Don’t forget to check out all goals and highlights on the Sun GOALS app. I’ll be back here next Sunday to bring you all the action from Big Sam’s first game as England boss. Should be a cracker! See you then.
5.53: City were imperious in that first half but they made hard work of it in the second 45 minutes. Credit to West Ham who fought manfully but it’s City who go top of the table on goal difference.
5.52: Just time for Caballero to come charging out of his box and make a horrocks with his feet but there’s the final whistle. All over! FULL TIME: MAN CITY 3 WEST HAM 1
5.51: Raheem Sterling. Where were you in the summer?
5.49: GOOOOAAALLLLL!!! MAN CITY 3 WEST HAM 1. Seconds after Silva slams a shot against the post, Sterling whips the ball round the keeper and from the tightest of tight angles, calmly sidefoots home. Terrific finish! West Ham’s resistance is broken
5.48: Nasri and Sterling waste chances to seal the deal as we enter FOUR added minutes. Make no mistake, West Ham haven’t given this up.
5.45: City are being forced to run the clock down as Aguero takes an age to walk off to be replaced by the Isle of Fernando. Expect to hear more about his wild swing of the elbow that clumped Reid.
5.43: CLOSE! City so nearly put this game to bed as Nasri goes round the keeper but his finish from a tight angle is hoofed off the line by Byram. West Ham breathe again!
5.40: Just seen a replay of how Winston Reid got injured. Looks like he took an elbow in the mush from Aguero. Naughty boy. If the ref had seen that, it was a red card all day long.
5.38: Right, ten minutes left. Fair play to West Ham. Lesser teams might have capitulated after that first half battering but they’ve hung in there, got a goal back and you now wouldn’t bet against them levelling this up.
5.35: West Ham are forced into a sub with Reid going off injured and replaced by Calleri. No, me neither.
5.32: Here’s another turn up. Pep replaces Nolito with Sami ‘don’t call me fatti’ Nasri who appears to be wearing a sports bra. The buxom temptress that he is.
5.30: Just under twenty minutes left and City look rattled. They know they should be out of sight but that West Ham goal has changed everything. The Hammers suddenly look revitalised and a real threat on the break.
5.23; If you’re checking out that Hammers goal on the Sun GOALS app you might well wonder whether Caballero was at fault for the cross. All I’m saying is Joe Hart would have cut that out with his eyes shut. Who cares if a keeper’s good with his feet if he’s useless with his hands?
5.21: Why does Bilic insist on playing Antonio at full back? He’s hopeless defensively but brilliant going forward. Not exactly rocket salad is it?
5.18: Now we’ll see what Pep’s new City are made of. Particularly as John Stones has had to go off with an eye injury and is replaced by Kolarov. Meanwhile, West Ham make a switch as Lanzini comes on for Valencia. I once got wasted on a bottle of Lanzini. Never again.
5.17: See those crows. Stone them. Because this wasn’t in the script at all. Michail Antonio rises at the back stick to nod home a deep cross. They’ve been absolutely battered for an hour but somehow West Ham are right back in this. Wowzers!
GOOOAAAALLLL!! MAN CITY 2 WEST HAM 1
5.14: Actually I’ve heard a rumour that in a couple of months, West Ham will be playing all their home games in Rio. Apparently, there’s an empty stadium going begging
5.12: Seeing as the Hammers are tax-payer funded, do you think we should start calling them West HMRC United?
5.09: Mark Noble then gets himself carded for having lank, questionable hair. Or possibly for gobbing off to the ref. Then Nolito gives Adrian the eyes before spanking a shot into the side netting. If City get a third in the next five minutes, I predict they’ll score six.
5.05: City immediately have the ball in the net as Nolito chests home from another De Bruyne free kick but it’s chalked off for offside. At the other end, Ashley Fletcher gets himself booked for a foul on Caballero who was trying to show how good he is with his feet. About as good as Jesus Navas, as it turns out.
5.03: PEEEP! We go again with West Ham reverting to a 4-4-2. To be honest, they could set up 10-4-2 and they still wouldn’t be able to keep this rampant City side at bay
5.02: With West Ham getting an absolute doing, Slaven Bilic has reacted by bringing on Sam Byram for Tore at half time.
4.49: Brilliant stuff from City. Such was their dominance they could easily be four or five goals to the good. West Ham have got it all to do just to keep this respectable.
4.45: HALF TIME :MAN CITY 2 WEST HAM 0
4.39: Man alive, what a passage of play from City. It’s all fancy flicks and one touch dabs as they carve West Ham apart. Utterly scintillating football. You’ve gotta love Pep’s 0-2-1-0-2-2-0-2-1 system
4.34: Antonio is through on goal until a brilliantly timed Otamendi challenge whips the ball off his foot as he’s about to pull the trigger. Then City break only for De Bruyne to sidefoot wide when it seemed easier to score. This game is the equivalent of the norovirus – everything’s happening at both ends. Awesome stuff.
4.30: So nearly a third for City as Kev the Brown whips a vicious dipping free kick that brushes the top of the net as it scorches an inch over. He might look like a cross between Prince Harry and Michael Portillo but De Bruyne is some player
4.23: Such are the problems City are causing West Ham’s defence, a balloon with a face drawn on it would be a more effective centre half than James Collins.
Fernandinho latches onto an inswinging De Bruyne free kick and powers an unstoppable header past Adrian. We’ve only had twenty minutes and City are on their way to the top of the table!
4.18: Cue floodgates: GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! MAN CITY 2 WEST HAM 0
4.13: The brilliantly named Arthur Masuaku takes a yellow card for upending the flying De Bruyne. ‘Oh Arthur!’, as Pauline Fowler used to say.
4.11: Who is this bloke in City’s number 7 shirt. And more importantly, what has he done with Raheem Sterling? He looks a different player from the bloke who frustrated every England fan during the summer. If City and Sterling keep this up, the game will be over by half time.
Man alive, this is football porn! Silva plays the dinkiest of balls through to Nolito who squares first time for Sterling to sidefoot home. As simple as Joey Essex but oh so beautiful to watch.
4.07: ORGASMAGOOOAAAALLLL!!!! MAN CITY 1 WEST HAM 0
4.05: Oof! ‘Ave that! Fernandinho slides in two footed on Valencia and that’s a yellow card all day long. Just the 85 minutes for him to avoid doing that again
4.03: I fear for West Ham here. City look bang up for this, forcing two corners in the opening three minutes followed by Aguero snaking a shot wide.
4.01: 43 seconds on the clock and we’ve already had more excitement than the entire WBA v Boro game as Aguero forces a corner.
4.00: PEEEP! West Ham get us going, hoofing from left to right. We have football!
3.56: Right, the players are out. We’re just seconds from kick off in what promises to be a truly monstrous encounter. As Martin Tyler is fond of screaming in the yoghurt aisle at Asda, AND IT’S LIVE!…
3.52: Sorry Hammers fans but I can’t see West Ham continuing that run this afternoon. No Carroll, no Payet. I’m going for a 3-0 City win.
3.48: STATS AMAZING! West Ham have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – the longest such current run in the top flight.
3.46: So what are we predicting this afternoon? Surprisingly, Man City have only won one of their last four league games against West Ham (D1, L2). But if you’re having a punt on first scorer today, Sergio Aguero has been involved in eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches against West Ham (six goals, two assists). Get on him! Not literally, though. That wouldn’t help at all.
3.43: Poor Joe. Pep’s not the first man to be guided by his Willy rather than his Hart though is he?
3.38: Two changes also for West Ham as Ogbanna and Fletcher, making his full debut, replace Byram and Nordvelt. WEST HAM: Adrian, Antonio, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, Töre, Fletcher, Valencia
Subs: Randolph, Byram, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini, Calleri
3.36: Here’s the team news from the Etihad. Pep makes two changes from the side which beat Stoke – Clichy and Nolito replace Kolarov and Navas. MAN CITY: Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero
Subs: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Delph, Iheanacho, Nava
3.23: That was quite simply the worst game in the history of association football. Well done everyone concerned. Let’s say no more about it and just pretend it never happened, shall we? Right, coming up – a proper football match. Man City v West Ham. Oooh it’s gonna be reet tasty!
3.21: Hoorah! It’s over! FULL TIME: WBA 0 BORO 0. A chorus of boos from the home fans rings out. The natives are restless!
3.20: Please, Anthony Taylor, just put us all out of our misery…
3.16: Aitor Karanka doesn’t look like a Premier League manager does he? He looks more like a mild mannered building society manager. Wandering about on the touchline, he also looks as bored as the rest of us.
3.12: Boro have brought David Nugent on for Ramirez as West Brom finally spark into life, deciding suddenly to go for the throat. With three minutes to go. Crazy old Tony Pulis could have the last laugh here
3.09: SHOT! Stewart Downing attempts to inject some life into proceedings, cutting inside from the left and fizzing a low shot a foot wide of the far post. Hit, son. The home crowd are so flat, Boro have surely got to go for all three points in these last five minutes.
3.08: Ha! The Sky commentator has just described this game as “a slow burner”. Mate, I’ve seen more thrilling cremations.
3.04: Young Sam Field who’s had a decent game is replaced by Craig Gardner. Ten minutes left for someone, anyone, to find a goal. Or a shot. Or even a scuff.
3.01: Boro land their first shot on target in the 73rd minute as Barragan stings Foster’s plams. Berahino then gets his first touch and is promptly dispossessed as a chorus of boos rings around the ground. He’s going to end up at Walsall isn’t he?
2.59: Leko, who’s only just come on, is so bored with the game he’s gone straight off again. To be fair, it might have had something to do with the whack he took from Barragan. Either way, he hobbles off to be replaced by Saido Berahino.
2.54: Honestly, if Saido Berahino can’t get in this West Brom team he should quit football. It’s absolute madness that he’s still on the bench.
2.49: Hang on, we’ve had a shot! A real life actual shot! Matt Phillips has a dig from 20 yards which takes a deflection and loops over. From the corner, Dawson nods his header a foot wide at the far post. That’s enough entertainment for Tony Pulis though. He immediately subs James McClean for Jonathan Leko.
2.46: My missus said the other day, and this is genuine, “What’s Wes Brom done now? Everyone’s always moaning about him” She’s on Football Focus next week.
2.42: We’ve had ten minutes of this half and absolutely nothing has happened. Apart from Ramirez getting a yellow card for a late foul on Galloway. And me opening another packet of Rich Tea.
2.41: FACT! Young Kane Wilson got 11 GCSE passes this week. If he comes on, that’s more passes than he’ll ever receive in a West Brom game.
2.39: By the way, Kane Wilson is on the Baggies bench this afternoon, and could make Premier League history if he features. The full-back would become the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Premier League – born in March 2000.
2.34: PEEEP! Boro get us underway again. I’ve a feeling this game is going to explode into life
2.28: You know refs have cracked down on shirt tugging and dissent to improve the game? Well how about a new initiative that would do wonders to make games more entertaining. Outlaw the Tony Pulis from football. It’s radical but I reckon it could work.
2.20: Well, not exactly a classic. Now watch Sky describe it as ‘tight, cagey, finely poised, evenly balanced’. The truth is, it was absolutely turgid. And like watching 22 kids chase a balloon around a playground.
2.17: HALF TIME: WBA 0 BORO 0
2.16: And then Breaking Brad Guzan flaps hopelessly at a corner. How is he still a Premier League keeper?
2.15: WBA should have a penalty here as Gibson blatantly tugs the shirt of Rondon as the striker prepares to launch himself at a cross. Seen them given numerous times this season already so why isn’t that a spot kick Mr Johnson? Maddeningly inconsistent!
2.12: Can someone explain to me what the logo on the West Brom shirt is all about? It’s about as easy on the eye as this game is. Perhaps it’s aliens trying to communicate with us
2.05: Can you keep a secret? This game stinks. Honestly, I’ve watched more exciting episodes of Countdown. Think yourself lucky you only have to watch the highlights on the GOALS app. All 13 seconds of them.
1.59: Half an hour gone and Boro have grown into the game after a nervous start as Negredo almost steals in after a sumptuous threaded through ball from Ramirez.
1.55: Can I share something with you? I’ve got the most terrible ear worm. I can’t hear the name ‘Tony Pulis’ without saying immediately after it, ‘tiny penis’. And now you’ll be doing it too. You’re welcome.
1.48: Boro look a bag of nerves at the back as Gibson needlessly gives the ball away to Fletcher in a dangerous position. Meanwhile, Tony Pulis is caught on camera filling his face with an assortment of sweets. When is someone gonna tell him, 58 year old blokes should never been seen in baseball caps.
1.43: But here’s James McClean livening things up as he collects a dangerous cross and fires a close range humdinger that Guzan blocks well at his near post.
1.41: You know the Premier League flogged the TV rights to its games for £5billion? This fixture accounted for £3.75 of that fee.
1.38: Tony Pulis has had a quick word with his players and told them to cut out all that entertaining nonsense. The game’s settled down to a dreary pedestrian pace.
1.34: Blimey, what a barnstorming start to the game. James McClean sets off on a rampaging run, driving infield to the edge of the box before Barragan whips the ball off his toes. Cracking start
1.31: One minute on the clock and Daniel Ayala gets a nice early yellow card after a wild lunging tackle on the rampaging Galloway. Triffic start from the chinless defender. No disrespect, like.
1.30: PEEEEP! WBA get us underway, kicking left to right if that sort of thing is important to you
1.28: By the way, when I say ‘flog him’, I don’t mean whip him senseless. That would be harsh, even by Tony Pulis standards.
1.26: Question. When is Saido Berahino’s head going to be straight? For the past three seasons he’s had his head turned so much, it’s been spinning like that kid’s in The Exorcist. Just flog him and get the whole tedious saga over with!
1.22: FACT ME! West Bromwich Albion have scored 55 goals in 58 Premier League matches under Tony Pulis. That’s a whopping 0.95 per game! Tony, you are spoiling us with your scintillating brand of attacking football.
1.20: If you’re having a wager on this one, consider this. West Brom are unbeaten in their last six league and cup games against Middlesbrough (D2, W4). They’ve won the last four encounters, scoring 11 unanswered goals.
1.16: WBA: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Galloway; Phillips, Yacob, Fletcher (c), Field, McClean; Rondon.
Subs: Rose; Olsson, Gardner, Lambert, Berahino, Leko, Wilson
Boro: Guzan; Nsue, Gibson, Ayala, Barragan; Clayton, Forshaw; Stuani, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo.
Subs: Konstantopoulos, Reach, Fischer, Nugent, Rhodes, Bernardo, De Sart.
1.15: Let’s get straight to the team news. For WBA, Olsson, Berahino and Craig Gardner drop to the bench with James McClean and 18 year old Sam Field starting. Boro make just one change from the side that won at Sunderland, Daniel Ayala comes in for injured George Friend.
1.13: Afternoon all! Welcome to another scintillating day of Premier League action. At 4pm, we’ll be bringing you live coverage of Joe Hart blubbing on the bench as Man City take on West Ham. But first it’s to the Hawthorns for the weekend’s glamour clash – it’s only WBA v Middlesbrough!
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