Moyes makes four changes


Flynn Downes, Thilo Kehrer, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell are recalled to the starting XI as West Ham United make four changes.

Downes will make his  first Premier League start since a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in February, while Kehrer is named in a league starting XI for the first time since a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last month.

Ogbonna and Cresswell, the other two changes from the 4-3 defeat by Crystal Palace, kept a clean sheet on their last league outing as a duo in a 1-0 win over Fulham in early April.

Kurt Zouma as expected is absent through injury,  Captain Declan Rice, Tomáš Souček and Nayef Aguerd are also missing.

Making his 400th appearance in English football, Łukasz Fabiański keeps his place between the sticks, with Alphonse Areola and Joseph Anang named as the other two stoppers in the matchday squad.

Appearance number 105 for West Ham sees Vladimír Coufal line up alongside Ogbonna, Kehrer, Cresswell and Emerson.

Downes makes his 18th Premier League appearance in Claret and Blue, with Jarrod Bowen, who made his 150th Club outing against Crystal Palace, Paquetá and Pablo Fornals the other midfielders in Moyes’ starting XI.

Searching for his 75th goal in Claret and Blue, Michail Antonio will lead the line for a seventh consecutive league outing, with the No9 last on the scoresheet against the Citizens in a 2-1 defeat here in 2020/21.

Paquetá celebrates his goal at Bournemouth

Scorer of the Club’s most recent goal at the Etihad last season, Manuel Lanzini is part of a substitutes’ bench that also seats Ben Johnson, Maxwel Cornet, Saïd Benrahma and Danny Ings as well as goalkeepers Areola and Anang.

Cornet has four goals in five career appearances against City, all scored for Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City: Ortega, Walker ©, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland, Alvarez
Subs: Ederson (GK), Laporte, Gomez, Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Gundogan, Perrone, Foden

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Cresswell ©, Emerson, Bowen, Downes, Paquetá, Fornals, Antonio
Subs: Areola (GK), Anang (GK), Johnson, Lanzini, Cornet, Benrahma, Ings

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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