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Manchester City are potentially a win away from retaining the Premier League title, though standing in their way is West Ham as the Champions travel to the capital on Sunday

Manchester City are potentially a win away from retaining the Premier League title, though standing in their way is West Ham as the Champions travel to the capital on Sunday.

David Moyes’ side cruised to a 0-4 away victory at relegated Norwich, while Guardiola’s side thumped Wolves at Molineux.

West Ham

Following the heartbreak of falling short in their Europa League semi-final clash which saw Eintracht Frankfurt proceed to the final against Rangers, the Hammers responded well as they returned to normality.

Two goals for West Ham Said Benrahma and one each for Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini secured all three points, now just three behind Manchester United who occupy the final Europa League position.

With Moyes’ side having to face league leaders City and a Brighton team in fine form, the Hammers will be hoping for Ralf Rangnick’s side to capitulate if they are to be competing in the competition they enjoyed this season.

Manchester City

The Cityzen’s went one step closer to the Premier League title as an emphatic Kevin de Bruyne performance eased his side past Wolves.

The Belgian slotted away four fine finishes – three on his weaker foot – to score a 23 minute hat-trick in the first half to all-but secure the three points for his side.

This was further added to by Raheem Sterling for Manchester City to cap off night of great significance, as Guardiola’s side went three points clear of Liverpool and increased their goal difference to seven ahead of Klopp’s team.

It means a victory against West Ham could all but seal the title, should Liverpool fail to increase their goal difference or drop further points. With City scoring ten goals in two games following their devastating European exit in Madrid, they do not look like a side ready to drop points.

Team news

Michail Antonio should be fit following a knock on his hip as well as Craig Dawson who received a knock in their last game.

Angelo Ogbonna is back in training but will not return before the end of the season.

As for City, the defensive trio of John Stones, Kyle Walker and Ruben Dias are all out for the final two games of the season. Aymeric Laporte will have a late fitness test to determine if he can start against West Ham.

West Ham vs Manchester City – kick off at 2pm (UK time) on Sunday 15th May 2022

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