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Man City vs West Ham Semi-Finals Live Reddit Score 28 Nov 2021

Man City vs West Ham Semi-Finals Live Reddit Score 28 Nov 2021

West Ham United travel to Manchester City today in a game that pits two of the Premier League’s form teams against each other. While David Moyes’ side were disappointing in their loss away at Wolves last weekend, they returned to form in the Europa League on Thursday night by beating Rapid Vienna and duly winning their group.

City, meanwhile, came from behind to claim a victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and could go level on points with Chelsea with a win at Etihad Stadium, albeit potentially only for a few hours. With West Ham having knocked City out of the Carabao Cup last month, it promises to be a fascinating encounter between two of the best Premier League sides so far this season.

Friday’s punishment – which City say they will appeal against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – has cast a shadow over the club’s future but brought a defiant reaction from their fans inside the ground.

There were frequent anti-Uefa chants in the first half, with the loudest coming just after Rodri had met Kevin de Bruyne’s corner at the near post to break the deadlock with a flicked header that Aymeric Laporte may have helped over the line.

City’s supporters had brought banners too, with some reading ‘Uefa cartel’ and ‘Uefa mafia’, and there were also plenty of songs in support of manager Pep Guardiola and the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour.

On the pitch, the City players certainly did not seem to be lacking any focus and only some poor finishing, notably by Gabriel Jesus, stopped this from being a much more comfortable Premier League victory.

West Ham offered little in response, managing only six touches in the opposition area, and failing to register a single shot at goal until Michail Antonio blasted over with 15 minutes left.

The Hammers remain in the relegation zone, a point adrift of safety after a run of six league games without a win and with a trip to Anfield looming on Monday as their next test.

At the other end of the table, Guardiola’s side are now four points clear of third-placed Leicester but even this win leaves them a distant second to leaders Liverpool, who are 22 points clear with 12 games remaining,

Off the pitch, City are clearly up for the fight but they will have to be the same on it, with three competitions still up for grabs even though the defence of their Premier League title is all but over.

After failing to take their bountiful opportunities in the first half, City fell behind through Kylian Mbappe’s opener, but Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus responded for last season’s beaten finalists in front of a jubilant home crowd.

The Citizens can now afford to take their foot off the gas in Europe after sealing progress to the last-16 of the competition, and Guardiola’s side also eased to a 3-0 win over Everton in last weekend’s Premier League battle, with Rodri scoring a thunderbolt on the day.

In doing so, City have kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea and lie second in the table – three points adrift of the European champions – but Liverpool are only one point behind the reigning champions and ready to take advantage of any slip-ups.

Victory over PSG represented City’s fourth win in a row across all competitions – as well as their eighth triumph from 10 home matches – and West Ham are fighting an uphill battle to become just the second side in the Premier League to find the net against City at the Etihad this season.

An ever-impressive West Ham have largely swept aside the competition in the Europa League with aplomb this year – even with Moyes rotating his resources on a consistent basis – as Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko both netted in a routine 2-0 success over Rapid Vienna in midweek.

The Hammers go into Sunday’s game having sealed their place in the last-16 of Europe’s secondary competition, but there was little to celebrate during their most recent Premier League battle as Raul Jimenez’s effort won the day for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 1-0 defeat at Molineux.

Having now lost a bit of ground on the teams above them, West Ham remain firmly in contention for a Champions League place as they occupy fourth spot in the rankings, but Arsenal could move level on points with their London counterparts this weekend.

Defeat to Wolves ended a four-game winning streak for West Ham in the top flight and marked the first time that they had lost a Premier League game away from home since April, and not since beating Manchester United in 2001 have the capital outfit won against the reigning champions away from home.

The Hammers have already claimed a memorable scalp over City this term – ending their perennial reign of dominance in the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out – but they are winless in 11 Premier League matches versus the Citizens since a 2-1 Etihad win in September 2015.

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