Coming off the back of an international break and with the crucial midweek Champions League encounter against CSKA Moscow lurking, this fixture poses a tricky selection dilemma for Manuel Pellegrini. Does he try to arrest City’s bleak run of results away from home or will the temptation to rotate prove too strong to ignore?
Vincent Kompany has recovered quicker than expected following injury but he has been rushed back before only to break down shortly afterwards so the sensible thing would be to give him another week of training until he is fully fit. The same could apply to Martin Demichelis. The Argentine will hope to make his debut soon after he played for the EDS in the Manchester Senior Cup and was, by all accounts, very impressive but this match has probably come one too soon for him. On the right of defence, Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta are battling it out for one place, as are Gael Clichy and Aleks Kolarov on the left.
Jack Rodwell was another to return during the week for the youngsters against Rochdale but after playing 90 minutes there, it would be a risk to throw him in from the start at Upton Park. Further forward, there is great competition for places, so the manager will be spoilt for choice when it comes to his attacking options.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Michael Oliver
Prediction: West Ham 1 - 2 MAN CITY - We haven’t quite clicked away from home, whilst West Ham come into this meeting on the back of a thumping victory over Tottenham, but our quality should prevail. Goals to be scored by Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Kevin Nolan.