West Ham begins a horror run on Sunday at Manchester City as their fight against Premier League relegation hots up.
The Hammers threw away a 3-1 lead to draw with Brighton last time out, dropping into the bottom three for the first time since the opening weekend.
Any result at the Etihad will be considered a bonus, with City still needing to keep Leicester City at arm’s length to secure second spot.
West Ham are in all sorts of trouble and will be lucky to escape the Etihad without a thrashing
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is sidelined with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Tottenham.
Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended after getting sent off in the same match.
West Ham’s Felipe Anderson is back in training after rib and back injuries but this game could come too soon.
Andriy Yarmolenko is making progress after a thigh injury, while Jack Wilshere, who had hernia surgery last week, may miss the rest of the season,
Manchester City have won the past seven Premier League meetings, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.
West Ham have taken just four points from a possible 39 in Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium – their only win came in September 2015.
The Hammers’ 5-0 drubbing at home to City on the opening day of the season remains their biggest defeat so far this season.
City have won four of their past six league games but lost to Tottenham last time out.
Manchester City have lost six games already in the Premier League this season – they’ve never lost more than six in a league campaign under manager Pep Guardiola.
Matches involving Manchester City have averaged 3.76 goals, more than any other team in the top flight.
Guardiola has won all eight of his meetings with West Ham in all competitions.
Sergio Aguero could become the first player to score six consecutive Premier League goals for City.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Raheem Sterling has been involved in 11 Premier League goals in seven appearances against West Ham (six goals, five assists), including scoring a hat-trick in the reverse fixture in August.
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West Ham are winless in five league matches (D2, L3).
The Hammers have the worst form in the Premier League over the past eight fixtures (W1, D2, L5).
They’ve lost four of their last five Premier League away games.
Only bottom-of-the-table Norwich have scored fewer than West Ham’s 10 away goals in the top flight this season.
West Ham have dropped a league-high 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, failing to win eight of the 14 games in which they’ve scored first this season.
Sebastien Haller scored three goals in his first three Premier League appearances but has scored only three more in the subsequent 21.