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West Ham United vs Manchester City at London Stadium

London Stadium Referee : Jonathan Moss
27th October 2021 7:45 PM (BST)
  • 0 West Ham United

  • 0 Manchester City


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Signing off ๐Ÿ‘‹

Thanks as always for your company at tonight's game, but that's all from me this evening.

Our incredible five year unbeaten run in the Carabao Cup has finally come to an end with West Ham triumphing on penalties in a tense fourth round encounter.

You can check out all the match stats and reaction below. 

We are back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when we entertain Crystal Palace and you can follow all the action on our Matchday Centre.

Be sure to join us then but, in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the week.


'We have a lot of games'

 Pep on bringing Kyle Walker off and Joao Cancelo on at half time:

"They have played a lot of minutes. I donโ€™t want to put anything extra on them.

"We have a lot of games. Crystal Palace (on Saturday) and then Brugge, a final to qualify for the next round (of the Champions League).


Pep's praise for Raheem Sterling

"Really good. He was so aggressive without the ball, but especially with it.

"Every time he was there. I think he did a really good game."


'Phil had the courage to take the first penalty'

 More reaction from Pep:

"No (I have not spoken to Phil yet). Tomorrow. He had the courage to take the first penalty.

"When you live this kind of experience next time you will be much better."


Pep - 'An incredible run has finished'

Pep Guardiola's verdict:

"An incredible run has finished. We finished in a good way. We played in a really good way, creating chances against a team who defended deep.

"On penalties they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. Next year we will be back."


Elsewhere this evening...

Just for the record, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Brentford all progressed through their fourth round ties tonight.


'Penalties are always a lottery'

Andy Morrison's full time view:

"Make no mistake we all knew this would be a tough game and when it goes to penalties it is always a complete lottery."


'We will learn from this'

Shaun Goater's verdict:

"As game wore on West Ham felt they had a chance. You have to say well done as they put their penalties away.

"I like the bravery of the City boys to take the penalties and Phil Foden was brave enough to take that first one. We'll learn from this"


What a save!

Zinchenko thunders in a powerful swerving 25 yard shot and Areloa performs wonders to tip the effort over the bar.

So close for City.


End to end

Tidy work from Steffen there as he coolly gathers on  the edge of his box to deny Bowen.

City race up the other end and Ben Johnson is there in the nick of time to deny Gundogan as he latched onto De Bruyne's pass.


Something's got to give?

George Kelsey at the London Stadium

"You just can't predict which way this game is going to go. City have certainly edged the last 15 minutes or so but it's just that final touch that we're missing at the moment.

"Credit has to go to West Ham, who are doing everything they can to limit us to long-range efforts.

"Surely something's got to give in these final few minutes?"


So close!

That was almost it!

Foden fired in on goal the ball was deflected into the path of Gundogan with just Areloa to beat five yards out but he couldn't control the ball.

Big chance



Great work by Cole Palmer initially as he drifts inside and finds Sterling but from the return ball, Palmer blazes a shot way over the bar.

Rush of blood to the head there!


Action stations

Gundogan does well defensively as he clears Cresswell's cross behind.

Meanwhile Joao Cancelo has taken a knock but is back on his feet.


Can't take your eyes off this!

 George Kelsey at the London Stadium

"Great chances for De Bruyne and Stones in the space of a couple of minutes.

"It just shows that even when we look under fire, Pep Guardiola's men are always a danger.

"It might be goalless, but you can't take your eyes off this game, and the two sets of supporters are doing their best to add to that with an incredible atmosphere!"



Now West Ham come within a whisker as Thomas Soucek sends a whipped effort from 12 yards just wide.

The game has gone up several gears in intensity.


Best of the bunch

Brilliant save from Areloa there to deny John Stones who thunders in  header from five yards from De Bruyne's corner.

That had goal written all over it.



Sterling cuts inside from the left and drills in a low shot with Areloa saves.

City power forward again almost instantly and the Hammers keeper does well to parry away a deflected De Bruyne shot.


Hammers pressure

West Ham's best moment sees the hosts twice come close.

Yarmolenko's close range shot is blocked by Zinchenko after Steffen parried away Masuaku's initial effort.

Vital work by City there.


Thumbs aloft

George Kelsey at the London Stadium

"Nathan Ake gives a thumbs up to John Stones and his centre-back partner gives him a clap in return after Andriy Yarmolenko is caught offside when racing onto a through ball.

"The opening few minutes of the second half have been very end to end - it looks like both sides are keen to try and get a foothold as early as possible, which makes for an entertaining game!"



Another wonderful chance!

Brilliant work from Cole Palmer as he feeds Ilkay Gundogan on the left channel and the German's shot beats Areola but also evades the far post.

Deserved a goal that.


Crucial tackle

Great work by Fernandinho as he robs Masuaku in our box as he shapes to shoot.

However, the hosts regroup and the West Ham man then fizzes a shot just over the bar much to City's relief.


Options aplenty

 Shaun Goater's half time view:

"Weโ€™ve got some good options, would love to see Edozie but I think Pep will want game to be well enough clear."


Slow burner

Andy Morrison's first half thoughts:

"It was a bit slow to start with, bit safe at times.

"We have got into good positions hasnโ€™t fell quite right, real good chance at the end with Ake.

"It looks like a 5-4-1 for West Ham, with ten men behind the ball and very slow and difficult for City to counter from deep position."


All to play for

That chance from Nathan Ake was the closest we came to a goal.

Encouraging signs as we look ahead to the second half.

Plenty of twists and turns to come. 



Join Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison now as they run the rule over that first 45 minutes.

Plenty to discuss from what was an absorbing half but still no goals!


Head Ake

This time it's Nathan Ake's turn to go close, as he glances Riyad Mahrez's free-kick just wide of the far post.

The Dutchman just can't quite make enough contact to guide his effort on target.


Getting closer

Another inviting ball into the West Ham box, this time from Ilkay Gundogan.

The cross looks destined for the head of John Stones, who had stayed up following a corner, but Alphonse Areola does well to claim through a crowd of bodies.

An entertaining half, if lacking that all important breakthrough.


Defensive diligence

An important defensive header from Zinchenko, who gets to a deep cross from the left ahead of Vlasic.

The ball spins high into the air, and Steffen is on hand to claim.


High pressure

A miscued pass from Zinchenko is intercepted by Nikola Vlasic, but five City players are in on the Croatian in a flash.

The pressure continues back to Craig Dawson who tries a long ball over the top to Andriy Yarmolenko, but the Ukrainian is caught offside.

Brilliant pressing from City.



Another decent chance for City, as Ilkay Gundogan combines well with Oleks Zinchenko down the left to get in behind the West Ham defence.

The midfielder floats an inviting ball to the far post and into the path of Riyad Mahrez, who pulls the trigger with his weaker right foot.

The effort flashes just wide of the far post, but it's a promising sign for City as we head towards the 40-minute mark.


High and wide

City go through some patient build up on the edge of the Hammers box but Ilkay Gundogan then blots his copy book by firing a shot high and wide over the bar.


Crowded out

Sterling wriggles his way into the West Ham box with some great skill but is crowded out in the box.

Proper cup tie this with both sides straining every sinew


'A proper test'

From George Kelsey at the London Stadium 

"West Ham have grown into the game in the last ten minutes, pressing City high to try and force that mistake.

"The battle between Andriy Yarmolenko and Nathan Ake has been an intriguing one so far. The Ukrainian always looks a threat when he's cutting in on his left foot, but our Dutch defender has cleverly marshalled him away from danger on a couple of occasions already. 

"This is turning into a real test for Pep Guardiola's men, but we've been up to it so far."



Great work by City and Cole Palmer almost opens the scoring.

Mahrez is the architect with some great work on the right flank he cuts inside and finds Palmer who fizzes in a shot which Hammers keeper Areola does well to save.


Danger averted

Yarmolenko wins a free kick on the edge of the City box after an Ake challenge.

The ball is floated in by Noble but De Bruyne clears the immediate danger.

West Ham keep the ball alive but City clear our lines.



Fine save from City keeper Zack Steffen as Mark Noble lets fly from 20 yards.

City immediately launch a raid up front through Raheem Sterling and De Bruyne and win a corner.

However the set piece comes to nothing.


Watching brief

David Moyes on sentinel duty on the touchline.

Pep currently looking on from his seat. Think he will be fairly with our start so far.


Mr Cool

City pressing high and forcing West Ham to stay deep.

At the other end the Hammers launch a rare forward sortie and Zack Steffen then shows nerves of steel to clear nonchalantly on his line as Lanzini bears down on him


'City in the groove early on'

From George Kelsey at the London Stadium:

"City have done a really good job of silencing the home crowd in these early stages, patiently stroking the ball around in search of that opening in the West Ham defence.

"Cole Palmer is playing down the middle of the front three at the moment, but is interchanging with Ilkay Gundogan really well - it almost worked perfectly a few minutes ago, but the German couldn't quite bring the ball under his spell at the vital moment.

"A good start from City so far."



Mahrez waltzes his way into the Hammers box and the ball breaks free to Palmer but the City youngster is just offside.

Good start here by City.


Loud and proud

The City fans already in great voice with our sell out travelling fans getting right behind Pep's players.

Great atmosphere already.



Raheem Sterling cuts in the from the left and looks to supply Cole Palmer but his ball is just a touch too strong and Hammers keeper Areola gathers.

De Bruyne then tries to curl an inviting ball to Palmer but its a tad too strong.


Dressed to thrill

City in our third kit again tonight. It brought us luck on Saturday at Brighton.

Hopefully it can be a lucky omen again tonight!


Lights, cameras, action!!!

From George Kelsey at the London Stadium:

"The pyrotechnics are out in full force ahead of kick-off - while the light show we're being treated to makes you feel like you're at a massive cinema.

"It's a brilliant spectacle at the London Stadium, and it's certainly got the City fans in the mood."


'Don't concede set-pieces!

The Goat - The Hammers possess a physical threat

"When I look at their team sheet and I look at ours, they have size, I look at Walker, Stones, Fernandinho... They will probably have a tactic to get 3 vs 3 or 3 vs 4 inside the box.

"Pepโ€™s plan will be to not give up corners and free kicks in the final third."


Stage set for some Razzle dazzle?

The Goat on Raheem Sterling...

"He will be excited and looking forward to this game. You know the teams you do well against.

"That will be a fixture that comes round and he thinks I want to be playing , I can score, I can contribute. This is one where I can score goals."


Sharp shooters

George Kelsey is our man at the London Stadium tonight and he'll be providing us with regular updates throughout from the capital...

"West Ham are one of the form teams in the Premier League at the moment, but the players are looking sharp in the pre-match warmups. 

"The starting XI have just finished taking part in a keep-ball session and are now testing out their shooting boots in front of the travelling City fans.

"The stadium is filling up nicely ahead of kick-off as well... hopefully there'll be plenty to shout about from the away end come full time!"


Lucky omen?

West Ham have been eliminated from both of their League Cup ties with City.

The Hammers lost a third round replay 2-1 in 1984-85, and then went down 9-0 on aggregate in the 2013-14 semi-final.


'Hammers carry a threat'...

West Ham are a dangerous threat and are potent at set pieces, warns Andy Morrison:

"They are dangerous on set plays, they have Dawson one of the most outstanding attackers of a ball. Great strength. Yarmolenko on his day is exceptional so we have to keep in mind that they are all dangerous."


On cloud nine...

City have progressed from nine of our past 11 League Cup fourth round ties, only falling short to Manchester United in 2016-17 and Newcastle in 2014-15.


Fernandinho 'A true leader'

Andy Morrison had nothing but praise for the impact and influence of Fernandinho who skippers City tonight...

"Fernandinho - what an outstanding individual the way he has carried the team the way he conducts his business on the pitch.

"He is a leader and sets incredibly high standards of yourself. He never lets us down, when it comes to reading danger he is the best. 

"He has been the outstanding holding midfielder. He has led this club for a long period and he won't let us down."


The Goat - 'I love Cole Palmer!' ๐Ÿ’™


Fair to say Shaun Goater is excited to see Cole Palmer in tonight's starting line up!

"I love this kid. When I first saw him I thought he could play. He is actually taking the ball and taking responsibility.

"I love left footers because they do things in a different way, he has a lovely left foot and I want to see more of this kid."


Strength to endure!

 Andy Morrison likes the look of tonight's team - and our bench!

"The thing that I have to smile at, you look at the strength of that team and I see the bench. It changes and freshens things up but it is a very strong team.

"I was mindful, West Ham away is one of the most difficult we could of got because they are in good form and at home."



Join Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison on Matchday Live now as they pair of City legends join Natalie Pike to run the rule over tonight's big game.


Here's how we line up this evening ๐Ÿ“–

Pep Guardiola makes nine changes from the side that won at Brighton last weekend with Ilkay Gundogan and Kyle Walker retaining their places.

CITY XI: Steffen, Walker, Stones, Akรฉ, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Palmer, Mahrez

Substitutes: Carson, Dias, Jesus, Grealish, Laporte, Rodrigo, Cancelo, Foden, Edozie


Pep - 'We know it is not easy'

More from the boss on the task awaiting us this evening:

"The League Cup is a tournament in this country and we have done quite well.

โ€œWe won it for the fourth time in a row and still we are there.

โ€œWe know which team we are going to face โ€“ West Ham away โ€“ so it is not an easy one.

โ€œAt the same time, we are going to prepare to try to win the game like we do any game in any competition.โ€


Action stations โšฝ

There are four other fourth round games taking place tonight besides our encounter.

Leicester host Brighton, Preston entertain Liverpool, Stoke are at home to Brentford while Burnley tackle Tottenham at Turf Moor.

Chelsea and Arsenal have already booked their places in the quarter-finals.

Will be fascinating to see what drama unfolds in tonight's games.


Young at heart?

City, of course, fielded six of our exciting Academy youngsters in our 6-1 third round win over Wycombe.

And speaking ahead of tonight's game, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that some of our impressive up and coming talent could potentially feature again this evening.

โ€œSome of them but less than against Wycombe because in that moment we had injured players,โ€ Pep said.

โ€œWe had different circumstances but yes, we will take a look in the next days.

"We play on Wednesday so we will see in training and after we will see what is the best decision.

โ€œSome of them are going to play, yes.โ€


Ilkay's all fired up... ๐Ÿ†

Ilkay Gundogan says he and his City colleagues are all eagerly looking forward to this evening's clash:

 โ€œYes, we are looking forward to it.

โ€œItโ€™s game by game, thereโ€™s not really much of a break between the games (but that is) kind of good as well.

โ€œAt the end of the day, we are competitors and want to play as much as possible.

โ€œWeโ€™re going from competition to competition and now itโ€™s onto the next one.โ€


Taste for travel ๐Ÿ’ผ

I was fortunate enough to be present at the AMEX Stadium last Saturday to see City secure a fine 4-1 win at Brighton.

It was just the latest in a series of superb away performances this term, with Pep Guardiola's side in magnificent form during a spellbinding first 45 minutes.

Tonight's encounter against a very impressive West Ham will be equally demanding but City can go into the game full of confidence and belief.


Stat attack part one ๐Ÿ“ˆ

City have progressed from/won each of our last 21 League Cup ties, with only Liverpool having a longer such run in the competition (25 between 1980 and 1984).


Five years and counting

City, of course boast an remarkable record in the Carabao Cup.

Winners of the trophy for the past four seasons, Pep Guardiola's side are searching for what would be a record-breaking fifth straight League Cup success this term.

Such is our incredible record of success, you have to go back five years and a day - October 26, 2016 - to the last time we were knocked out of the competition.

Fingers crossed we can extend that proud record tonight.


It's your shout ๐Ÿ“ฑ

As always we want to hear from you ahead of tonight's match.

How is everyone feeling ahead of tonight's big match? What team would you select? And what are your score predictions?

Audience participation is actively encouraged for both the Matchday Centre and Matchday Live, so to let us know your thoughts use #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538.

We can't wait to hear from you!


The calm before the storm...

All is quiet right now with the London Stadium looking resplendent in the late October light. It will be a tad more lively come 7.45pm!



Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison are the guests on todayโ€™s Matchday Live show, which begins just over anhour before kick-off at 18:40 (UK).

The City legends will be joining Natalie Pike in the studio at the Etihad Stadium, where they will be providing the usual City-focused mix of entertainment and analysis ahead of the game.

The panel will reconvene at half-time and full-time to share their thoughts on the game, and, as always, it will be the perfect accompaniment to your matchday viewing!


It's matchday! ๐Ÿ™Œ

A very good evening, City fans!

And a warm welcome to the Matchday Centre for tonightโ€™s Carabao Cup fourth round trip to West Ham United.

After a superb Premier League victory at Brighton at the weekend, Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side switch attentions to a competition itโ€™s fair to say we have grown somewhat fond of having won it for the past four seasons!

The game kicks-off at 19:45 (UK) and from now on, I will be guiding you throughout the evening with all the pre-match build-up, in game action and post-match reaction.

  With the Hammers also in fine form all the portents are in place for what should be a belting encounter in the capital.

Hereโ€™s hoping we can maintain our fine run of form!


West Ham v City - Full coverage later

We will have full coverage of this evening's game right here on and on the official Man City app. 

Live text updates begin at 17:45, before our Matchday Live studio shows begins at around 18:40. Our guests this evening are Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison. 

For those who like an audio accompaniment throughout the 90 minutes, Michael Brown is joining Ali Mann for this one. 

And CITY+ subscribers can watch a full 90-minute replay of the game from midnight. 

Join us here from 17:45 and you won't miss a thing!


Carabao Cup success

City are looking to win that competition for a fifth-successive season โ€“ and a seventh time in nine seasons.

Since a young City side last exited the competition at the hands of Manchester United in a 1-0 fourth-round encounter in October 2016 during the early part of Guardiolaโ€™s first season in charge, the Club have become a by-word for Carabao Cup success.

In the ensuing five years since that 1-0 Old Trafford loss, we have lost just once, winning 23 of 24 matches (four of which came after a penalty shootout), with our only setback being a 1-0 loss to United in a semi-final second leg two seasons ago.


Other games that day

  • Burnley0
    Tottenham Hotspur1
  • Leicester City2
    Brighton and Hove Albion2
  • Preston North End0
  • Stoke City1