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West Ham United vs Manchester City at London Stadium

London Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
10th August 2019 12:30 PM (BST)
  • 0 West Ham United

  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘25' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘51' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘75' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘86' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
    • ‘90'+1' Raheem Sterling


Commentary By John Edwards


Just the beginning

That's all from us today, Blues. 

But what a way to start the new Premier League season.

Clinical, dominant, ruthless, City were all that and more at the London Stadium, with a performance that has certainly whet the appetite for the rest of the campaign.

Stay tuned to for more reaction and join us next Saturday when we'll take on Spurs in our first home game of 2019/20.

See you then! 


Pep on Sterling

"When people who play outside in the wings can score goals, your team will score lots - it's good, all the pre-season games he scored goals. But in the first half, he can do better."



 - Oleksandr Zinchenko has equalled David Silva's record of 23 successive victories - the best winning streak in Premier League history.

 - City have equalled Chelsea's record of nine consecutive opening-weekend wins.

But records are made to be broken...!


Pep's verdict

"Difficult away from home, 12:30 kick-off, hot. The first half was not good. We didn't control second balls and lost a lot of balls. It was important to get three points, a clean sheet. At 2-0, they have a chance. Overall for the first game it is an incredible result. Second half was much better. More calm, but still we have many things to improve."


A word from the goalscorer...

Raheem Sterling: "The most important thing was to start well and get the win. Once the second goal went in I thought we were brilliant. It was quite difficult in the first half. Some of our touches were sloppy but once the team got into a rhythm the passes came and more chances came.

"With the players we have here there are competitions in training every day. It's a joy to put the ball in the back of the net."


Caroline Oatway's thoughts from the London Stadium...

"A new season marks a new era and with new faces, a new kit and a new captain, that is certainly the case for City’s 2019/20 campaign.

"Yet, there was a comforting familiarity to City’s play at the London Stadium, as the Champions produced a typically dominant display.

"Clinical in attack and solid in defence, Guardiola’s men issued a real statement of intent for the season ahead."


New season. Same City.

How about that then, Blues?

We begin the new season as we ended the last one, with an emphatic, ruthless display.

There were plenty of impressive performances across the pitch, but Raheem Sterling stole the show with his hat-trick. He's become so deadly in front of goal!



We'll get another go, though Blues!

Fabianski's foot wasn't on the line when the kick was taken and Mike Dean orders a retake after consulting VAR.


Top class

What a finish that was from Raheem Sterling.

Riyad Mahrez lifts it over the Hammers' defence and our No.7 spins and clips it over Fabianski.


That was superb from Ederson. 

He palmed away after the ball cannoned off Hernandez' thigh from six-yards and then was at full stretch to tip Lanzini's header away.


City slickers

No goal, but what a move that was from City. 

Zinchenko found Silva on the edge of the area, who played a glorious ball round the corner for Sterling and he squared for Jesus to tap home from six-yards. 

Vintage City, but Jesus was offside when Silva passed to Sterling.


De Bruyne x Sterling

Kevin De Bruyne surges through the middle at the heart of the West Ham defence and picks out Sterling to his left. He takes a touch and calmly slots it through Fabianski's legs. 



Hammer change

Manuel Pellegrini has introduced Pablo Fornals, who replaced Michail Antonio at the break.

The debutant lines up against Kyle Walker on West Ham's left flank.


Gabriel Jesus' deft flick has us ahead after the opening 45 minutes of the season. 

It's been fairly comfortable. We've restricted West Ham to just one effort on goal and created a number of chances ourselves. 

It's only 1-0 though and another goal to reflect our dominance would be most welcome! 

What was your assessment, Blues?


Inch perfect

Zinchenko pokes the ball away from Lanzini in the area. The West Ham No.10 goes down and there's appeals from the crowd. It was never a penalty, though.

A wonderfully timed tackle! πŸ’ͺ 


We're off the mark in 2019/20! 

A surging run down the right from Kyle Walker, who meets Mahrez' through ball, cuts down the byline and tees up the Brazilian from close range.


Mahrez again!

Mahrez cuts back and leaves Cresswell on the seat of his pants, but drags his left-footed shot into the side netting.

He had time to pick his spot, then! 


End to end

Zinchenko whips in a cross, but West Ham clear and counter before Michail Antonio slips. The hosts look happy and comfortable playing on the break. 

Something for our back four to watch out for!



David Silva drags a 15-yard effort just wide of the right post. Teed up by the dancing feet of Mahrez. He's looked a threat early on, here. 




Our first chance of the season goes to Riyad Mahrez.

Trademark stuff from the Algerian who cuts inside on his left foot and drives a low effort towards the bottom corner.

Fabianski at full stretch to stop it. 


Cool as you like

Rodri again showing how comfortable he is taking the ball in tight areas. He receives a pass from Ederson on his own penalty spot and moves it on with ease as City play out from the back.

A 'typical holding midfielder' Pep described him as. πŸ‘Œ


It all starts here

It's back, Blues!

The teams are out here at the London Stadium and another Premier League season is about to get under way, so strap yourselves in and get ready to follow the best team in the land and all the world once more.



Aaaand here's how the opposition lineup...

A familiar and much-loved name on the bench.

Zabaaaaaa πŸ’™

Starting XI: Fabianski, Cresswell, Balbuena, Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Haller, Diop, Fredericks, Antonio, Rice

Subs: Jiminez, Zabaleta, Hernandez, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Fornals, Ogbonna


Stat City

We love breaking records, don't we? Well today we have a chance to equal another one...

If we win, we'll move level with Chelsea's Premier League record of nine successive opening-weekend wins.



Tactics board...

It's our usual 4-3-3 formation, Ederson takes his place in goal, shielded by a backline of Oleks Zinchenko, Laporte, John Stones and Kyle Walker.

Rodrigo protects the midfield three in the central defensive midfield role, alongside playmakers Silva and De Bruyne.

Sterling and Mahrez flank Jesus in the attacking trident.


Ederson, Laporte and Mahrez return

From Club Journalist, Caroline Oatway:

Ederson and Mahrez regain their places in the starting line-up, having missed out on the Champions’ pre-season Asia Tour and Community Shield triumph over Liverpool due to late arrivals back from international duty.

Laporte, who did travel to Asia, is back after missing Sunday’s trip to Wembley. The Frenchman was declared available for selection to face the Hammers, following a fitness test on Friday.

Meanwhile, summer recruit Rodrigo will make his Premier League debut, having impressed since joining the Club in July.

Newly-appointed captain David Silva will look to continue his fine form at the London Stadium, having scored in in all three of his appearances there. El Mago has netted six goals against West Ham in all competitions – more than versus any other side.


Tick tock ⌚

Right then, Blues..

Just over 15 minutes until we find out our first starting XI of the Premier League season. Who would you be picking!? πŸ€”


Early team news πŸ—’

Pep Guardiola revealed Leroy Sane is expected to be out for at least six months.

The German winger suffered damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool last weekend.

Guardiola admitted the full extent of the injury is to be confirmed but anticipates the midfielder will be absent until February.

The City boss also confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte are fit to play, having both missed the Community Shield clash, while the game arrives too early for new recruit Joao Cancelo.


Fasten your seatbelts... the Premier League is back! ⚽

The 2019/20 campaign is underway and City kick-off our title defence with a lunchtime (12:30pm BST) trip to West Ham.

Last season's dramatic, nail-biting race to the crown left the footballing world hungry for more in May and now, we are ready for another thrilling contest.

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, minute-by-minute live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre and on

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Other games that day

  • Tottenham Hotspur3
    Aston Villa1
  • Crystal Palace0
  • Bournemouth1
    Sheffield United1
  • Burnley3
  • Watford0
    Brighton and Hove Albion3
  • Leicester City0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Newcastle United0
  • Manchester United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 1 +3 3
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 1 +3 3
4 Burnley 1 +3 3
5 Tottenham Hotspur 1 +2 3
6 Bournemouth 1 0 1
7 Sheffield United 1 0 1
8 Crystal Palace 1 0 1
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Arsenal 0 0 0
11 Chelsea 0 0 0
12 Leicester City 0 0 0
13 Manchester United 0 0 0
14 Newcastle United 0 0 0
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
17 Norwich City 1 -3 0
18 Southampton 1 -3 0
19 Watford 1 -3 0
20 West Ham United 1 -5 0
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