The Premier League champions kick off their title defense in east London today as Manchester City travel to West Ham. It was on this pitch at the London Stadium in May that Pep Guardiola almost saw his grip on English football’s major trophy slip, as David Moyes’ side took a two-goal lead before being drawn back to 2-2 .
While there are clearly a number of great players on the bill, it’s hard to walk away from the fact that the world is watching Erling Haaland. Slightly disappointing in the Community Shield loss to Liverpool last week, City’s big summer signing has a big reputation and will be under pressure to score early, with rival Darwin Nunez already off to a good start.
The prospect of West Ham having to mark Haaland was something Mark Noble joked about when he retired last season and Moyes will have to settle without great defensive signing Nayef Aguerd, as well as striker Gianluca Scamacaa. Follow the match LIVE with standard sportsand Malik Ouzia is on the ground to provide expert analysis!
Good afternoon and welcome to standard sportsLive coverage of West Ham’s Premier League encounter with champions Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola has already seen Liverpool drop points on the opening weekend of the campaign but will be keenly aware of the dangers West Ham pose, having seen his side do the same at the London Stadium last May.
Erling Haaland could well make his debut for City today, while West Ham are without new signings. Kick-off in east London is at 4.30pm BST.