Manchester City will begin the defence of their title this Sunday when they travel to London to face West Ham United.
Venue: London Stadium (London)
West Ham have won just one of their last six games.
They are winless in their last nine PL games against reigning champions (D2 L7).
The Hammers have never beaten City in the Premier League (PL) at their new home (D2, L4).
Manchester City have scored two or more goals in 15 of their last 20 matches.
The visitors have won 15 of their last 20 league games.
Head to head
In 42 Premier League meetings between both sides, City have won 25 times while West Ham have just nine wins and eight draws.
Latest performances in all competitions
West Ham: D-D-L-D-L-W
Man City: L-W-W-W-D
West Ham United
West Ham United will look to begin their 2022/23 Premier League season with a huge statement win when they welcome defending champions Manchester City to London.
The Hammers are coming off of a season that will forever be etched in the hearts of their fans and players given the spectacular highs (the run to the Europa League semi finals) and disappointments (the slip-ups down the stretch that cost them a top-six finish) that greeted the season.
They return to Premier League action looking to begin on a winning note to give them early momentum in the race for a top-six finish. Having bolstered their forward line with the addition of Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca, who netted 16 times in Serie A (SA) last season, David Moyes will fancy his side’s chances of competing with the traditional top-six for a place in Europe next season.
However, his side have a poor record against the Champions as they have never beaten Pep Guardiola’s side in the league at the London Stadium.
They also have a poor record in their opening league games. But after beating Newcastle 4-2 on opening day last season, they will be optimistic of recording back-to-back PL matchday one wins for the first time since 2013/14.
Possible West Ham starting line-up
Lukasz Fabianski; Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Arthur Masuaku; Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini; Jarrod Bowen.
Doubtful: Nayef Aguerd, Issa Diop
Manchester City will look to begin their title defence with a win when they travel to London this Sunday for their crunch meeting with West Ham United.
The Cityzens pipped Liverpool to the title on the last day of last season, thanks to a comeback win that was inspired by Ilkay Gundogan.
Having lost their opening game of last season against Tottenham, they will be desperate to win this time and keep their momentum going. The reigning PL champions have lost their opening match in three of the last six seasons (W3).
They will be keen on a win that will also see them avoid going two games without a win as they come into this tie on the back of a disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the FA Community Shield.
But given that they are unbeaten in their last 18 PL games away from home (W14, D4), they will fancy their chances of bouncing back against West Ham, a team that they have beaten in five of their last eight league games.
Possible Manchester City starting line-up
Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Erling Haaland.
Injured: Aymeric Laporte
West Ham 0-2 Man City