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Manchester City v West Ham United match preview

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Manchester City host Wesat Ham United at the Etihad this afternoon, knowing that a win will secure them a second Premier League title in three years. 

In-fact, City only need to require a draw in the fixture, due to their goal difference being far superior to Liverpool’s. 

The Sky Blues head into the game in a superb run of form, and following their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, there seemed a strong feeling of it’s job done. 

City have lost just once in ten games, having come back from the brink of losing the title, the citizens have roared back over recent weeks and months. 

Team-news wise, Sergio Aguero is fit and ready to fire the hosts to glory, having recovered from a recent groin injury. 

The Argentine has scored 17 goals this season, a superb feat, considering he had spent several parts of the campaign injured. 

However, he is back at just the right time, alongside Fernandinho. 

And City will be taking no chances against a strong West Ham United side, despite winning their last four League games in a row, to put them on the brink of the title. 

The Hammers may be in for a thrashing, as City have scored 100 Premier League goals this season. 

Pellegrini can call upon pretty much his whole squad, with no real fresh injury news, this means Sergio Aguero will presumably start alongside Edin Dzeko up-front. 

Yaya Toure will be key for City today, with the Ivorian netting 20 League goals from a centre midfield position, in a superb personal campaign. 

Focusing on West Ham, and Allardyce knows that his side can pretty much spoil the party if his side win at the Etihad this afternoon. 

The Hammers are currently 12th in the Premier League table heading into the final day, having secured their safety with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park last Saturday. 

Allardyce, ho is under pressure at the Eat London club, is able to call upon a fully fit squad for the crunch encounter. 

The West Ham boss will certainly not let his players be the bridesmaides on City’s big day, and will look to cause sn upset, with the physical presence of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan leading the line. 

And the Hammers will look towards the likes of Carroll, who will want to prove a point to his former side Liverpool, the likes of Mohammad Diame and Stewart Downing can also prove a threat to the City defence. 

Marco Borriello is the only injury concern for Allardyce’s side, who know an unlikely win at City will probably hand Liverpool a first Premier League crown. 

However, West Ham have lost four out of five Premier League games, and can slip down to 16th with a defeat in Manchester. 

It looks set to be a City title, as the Hammers have not beat them in seven attempts. 

By Ben Reardon 

@BenReardon1

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