West Ham United Vs Manchester City, Sat 11 Dec 2010

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West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Barrera, Spector, Parker, Stanislas, Piquionne, Obinna.

Subs: Stech, Reid, Dyer, Cole, Boa Morte, Kovac, Hines.

Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Jo, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli.

Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Lescott, Vieira.

Hammers need an upset

West Ham will give a fitness test to Valon Behrami before deciding whether the midfielder will play any part in the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City.

The Swiss missed last week's defeat at Sunderland with a hip injury and is a doubt for the game while Mark Noble is out until the new year with a similar injury.

Long-term absentees Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Manuel da Costa (foot), Anthony Edgar, Peter Kurucz, and Jack Collison (all knee) also miss out.

Avram Grant is adamant Scott Parker will remain at West Ham for the rest of the season and has set his sights on signing up to three new players in the January transfer window.

Parker has been an outstanding performer in what has otherwise been a drab year for the East London outfit, who are rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as the season approaches the halfway point.

The midfielder's tireless performances caught the eye of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who had a #7million bid for the 30-year-old rejected this summer.

With the January transfer window drawing closer, suggestions that Redknapp is ready to re-ignite his interest in Parker have gathered momentum but Grant insists the England international is going nowhere.

"I am confident Scott will stay," said Grant.

"He is a good player for us. West Ham is a good club for him too.

"He has developed this season. Before everyone was saying `it's not good that he's at West Ham', but this season has been his best so far so it's good for him to stay and he is good for the club."

Grant admits that West Ham's fixtures after the clash with Manchester City against Blackburn, Fulham, Everton, Wolves and Newcastle - all of whom are in the bottom half of the table - could define their season.

He added: "We want to win these games because they are all against teams that are around us and every game that we take points that's less points to other team so they will be very important."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be forced to make changes for the game.

Carlos Tevez, who has scored 10 goals this season, misses a return to his former club as he is suspended.

So too is Aleksandar Kolarov after he was sent off in the victory against Bolton but Kolo Toure could be available following a calf problem.

Meanwhile, Toure is convinced City are starting to see the best of him.

The Ivory Coast midfielder arrived from Barcelona this summer with high expectations but struggled to match his star billing with consistent performances during the first few weeks of the season.

It did not help that City were so badly affected by injuries, which forced Toure to play in a far more advanced role than he was used to at the Nou Camp.

But the 27-year-old's last couple of performances, against Fulham and Bolton, have shown a marked improvement on what has gone before.

And the #25million man is feeling far happier with life.

"I feel I am getting closer to my best each time I play," Toure told

"I have had to change the way I play because I am more of a central midfielder by nature.

"But I get forward a lot more at City and I am still adapting to the change."

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