On behalf of the first day of the Premier League, defending champions Manchester City travel to London to face West Ham (Watch the match live on our live commentary). It’s still a tough journey for Pep Guardiola’s men since they went three matches without a win at the London Stadium (two league draws and one EFL Cup penalty shootout defeat). With important departures on the Cityzens side, a new cycle looks set to begin in the 2022/2023 season. We should also note the first appearance of Erling Haaland in the Premier League in the colors of Manchester City after a somewhat mixed appearance in an official match in the Community Shield against Liverpool, but Guardiola assured him “that he will score goals”. The Norwegian is also the only starting player in this match against West Ham, Ortega, Alvarez and Phillips on the bench. Foden and Grealish will accompany him on the attack. Gundogan starts Bernardo’s place in the middle. Dias holds with Aki in the center of defense.
On the West Ham side, stability is in order. No major departure was reported and large reinforcements arrived in the other direction. Gianluca Scamaca joined the Hammers for €36m, as did Maxwell Cornet from Burnley and Naif Aguird from Rennes. Important arrivals because almost all of them have to occupy an important place in the eleven during the season. The aim of this season is to continue last year: upsetting the top 6 Englishmen for a place in the Europa League, even in the Champions League even if it still seems a bit high. The three recruits were also absent from the eleven to face the defending champion. Aguerd and Cornet are not in the group. Skamka on the bench. Zouma holds Cresswell in the center of the defence. Rice and Soucek in the middle. Michail Antionio will take the lead in attack, with the support of Bowen and Fornals in particular.
West Ham : Fabianski – Koval, Zuma, Cresswell, Johnson – Rice (cover), Sosek – Lanzini, Bowen, Fornals – Antonio.
Manchester Ederson – Walker, Dias, Aki, Cancelo – De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan (hat) – Foden, Haaland, Grealish.
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