Can West Ham beat Manchester City this weekend?

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After five games, three wins and two defeats, the thumb I mentioned in my last piece about Slaven Bilic and West Ham United is pointing upwards, half-way between middle ground and erect. But for a failed Europa League campaign - if you can call it a campaign - behind them it could be higher. 

Whether two away wins at difficult grounds such as the Emirates Stadium and Anfield outweigh the defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth is open for debate (I think it does, personally).

At this moment a 2-1 loss to Leicester doesn't look too shabby, although I would predict the Hammers will be ahead of the Foxes come the end of the season.


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The defeat to the Cherries, however, was frankly awful - more for the sloppiness than the result, and that it was against a newly promoted club. So far, so typical West Ham. 

In the near disastrous 2006-07 season, the club did the double over Arsenal, who had reached a Champions League final the previous campaign and had virtually all of 'The Invincibles' still in their side - and that year's league champions Manchester United, who would go on to win another two in the following years along with being crowned champions of Europe in 2008.

This was the first time it had happened in the modern era, and in a season where they won only five matches in the first half of the campaign. They needed seven wins from their last nine fixtures just to take it to the final game where they beat United.

Can West Ham secure a famous win v Man City?

West Ham are normally one for firsts, mainly teams ending their bad runs against the club - the aforementioned Bournemouth who hadn't scored let alone gained a point up to that point, Aston Villa's first point in seven games came at the Boleyn Ground last season while there have been numerous others over the years.

If we were to take all this and their current form as the template for the season then they will be wildly optimistic about their chances at Manchester City tomorrow.

And although City's second team would give anyone a run for their money, and Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are expected to be fit for the clash, Bilic's side will be hoping to capitalise on any weaknesses that Manuel Pellegrini's men may have - ones that could occur related to any niggles affecting the likes of Aguero, Kompany and co. 

And while they may not achieve the same outcome as their wins against Arsenal and Liverpool, the Irons are likely to conjure another first on Saturday away at another Premier League heavyweight who have not yet conceded a goal in the league.

Expect West Ham to be the first to do so, even if they do lose 9-1.

They won't, I'm going 3-1 City. 

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