West Ham vs Manchester City for the English Premier League championship match on Saturday at London Stadium.
The 2019/2020 season marks the deepening of the reform process begun by West Ham with the signing of Chilean coach Manuel Pelegrini, who had the highlight of his career in charge of Manchester City.
Pelegrini was hired at the start of the 2018/2019 season and faced many swings throughout the English Championship, leaving the team in tenth place. He racked up 52 points (15 wins, 7 draws and 16 losses). There were 46 less than the champion, which shows the technical difference between the teams.
As it caught the passing tram, the Chilean couldn’t make significant changes. They were reserved for the end of the season as he promoted significant layoffs, such as Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic, who joined Shanghai East Asia, and signings such as Frenchman Sebastien Haller, who was at Eintracht Frankfurt.
But more than the casting of the squad, Pellegrini had the opportunity to count on the entire pre-season of preparation, something that had not happened. They had six friendlies. They were victories against Altach (Austria), Fulham (England) and Hertha (Germany), losses to Manchester City and Newcastle (England) and a draw with Athletico Bilbao (Spain).
After placing four trophies in its gallery last season (Super Cup, League Cup, English Cup and English Premier League), Manchester City began 2019/2020 by including one more cup in their collection. On Sunday, August 4, he won the 2019 British Super Cup. They beat the penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
It is the fruit of the Pepe Guardiola Era, which reaches its fourth year slightly differently from the first three. This time, hiring expenses were contained. City’s transfer window was concentrated on output. Responding to investigations being made at the club, which is accused of spending more than it receives and can, therefore, be punished under UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
However, Guardiola has nothing to complain about regarding the quantity and quality of his team. With him, he has set performance records in the last two seasons of the Premier League. In the past, he took the title with 98 points (32 wins, two draws and four losses), one more than runner-up Liverpool.
For the debut match, the coach will have to deal with two casualties. French defender Benjamin Mendy and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho are injured. Also out of the game can be the midfielder and striker Leroy Sané. The German officially appears as injured. However, the absence seems to be related to a possible negotiation with Bayern Munich.
West Ham’s 4-1 loss against City in a friendly tournament in Asia shows the significant technical difference between the teams, but is of little use for analysis, as in such matches players are struggling, and willingness is a minimum requirement for a lower team to seek to surprise.
Thus, the scenario will be very different this Saturday, which makes room for a risk prediction allowing a guess in the draw.