West Ham have done it twice this season, in under a month of the start to the English Premier League. They have beaten Arsenal, they have beaten Liverpool playing away on both occasions. This week they take on Premier League’s most clinical team so far, Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.
Can the Hammers down another top-four club this season?
West Ham needs wait for opportunities against Manchester City
The Premier League leaders Manchester City have won all their matches so far in England, however they need to be careful against West Ham. The Hammers have developed a reputation of being giant killers this season, especially while playing away from home.
West Ham travel to Manchester City for the weekend and striker Andy Carrol has recovered from injury. He will make a good choice for West Ham considering his tally against Manchester City.
However, West Ham have numerous players to depend on for scoring including striker Diafra Sakho and midfielder Dimitri Payet. But, Manchester City is a side that likes to attack and take its chances. That implies West Ham need to be defensive and wait patiently for a chance to convert. If they go reckless and leave the defense unattended, they are certain to pay a huge price considering the attacking likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure and the new addition Kevin De Bruyne.
Counter-attacking football could be crucial for West Ham
West Ham have become a much stronger team under manager Slaven Bilic, and have excelled in counter-attacking play this season.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher agreed. “If West Ham take the lead, teams have got a big problem,” said Carragher. “I think when West Ham go one up in a game, at home, away from home, wherever it may be, it’s going to be tough for the opposition because they’re so good at counter-attacking.”