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Saturday April 30, 2011Match Preview: Manchester City v West Ham

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City host West Ham at the City of Manchester Stadium with contrasting aims underlying the two managers’ hopes for the remainder of the season.

Whilst City look increasingly secure in fourth in the Premier League and the Champions League qualification it brings, the Hammers are lying bottom of the table and at real risk of dropping into the Championship.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES

Even City’s indifferent form in the last five games – three wins and two losses in their last five games – looks good compared to their opponents’ who are winless in their last six fixtures.

Unsurprisingly for a team in their position, Avram Grant’s side have conceded a shed load of goals, and in the last encounter between the sides City emerged 3-1 victors at Upton Park.

KEY PLAYER

Edin Dzeko stepped off the bench to score his first league goal for City to hand the side a win over Blackburn Rovers, and he may start this clash as a reward.

Whilst the striker has taken a bit of time to settle in, he’s already showing signs of progress as he adapts to the league and, with the monkey off his back in the league, he may well end the season with a flourish.

MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

Micah is still a week or so away from fitness, whilst Carlos Tevez remains sidelined himself.

The Hammers may be without Scott Parker who looks likely to join Gary O’Neil and Mark Noble on the touchline, whilst former City defender Wayne Bridge is ineligible.