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Stones & Dias come up trumps against impressive West Ham to extend Man City’s winning run to 20 games

Stones & Dias come up trumps against impressive West Ham to extend Man City’s winning run to 20 games

Man City vs West Ham

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off played out a short time ago.

The clash saw league leaders Manchester City welcome West Ham to the Etihad.

City headed into the meeting in simply sensational form, looking to make it 20 wins in a row across all competitions.

West Ham, though, were never likely to prove pushovers, having been in fine form themselves of late.

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The first 45 was fairly competitive, with a much-changed City not looking quite as deadly as we have seen in recent weeks.

The Sky Blues, though, nevertheless opened the scoring in the tie, when a fine cross from the returning Kevin De Bruyne found Ruben Dias, who powered his header past Darren Randolph:

To their credit, though, West Ham continued to get at the Citizens, and were eventually rewarded with a goal shortly before the interval.

The Hammers found the most joy down their right-hand side. And, after managing to beat the City press, Vladimir Coufal found Jesse Lingard, who picked out Michail Antonio in the City box:

Despite looking fairly unhappy on the touchline towards the end of the first 45, Pep Guardiola did not make any changes at the break.

The opening exchanges of the second half were very much end-to-end, with a marauding Kevin De Bruyne run, which saw him cut the ball back into space in the West Ham box, the best chance for either team.

This was followed shortly after by Sergio Aguero, who has also just returned from injury, being replaced by Gabriel Jesus on the hour-mark. Pep Guardiola then called for Phil Foden just minutes later.

These changes, in turn, gave City a new lease of life, with the Manchester powerhouse having enjoyed much more possession, whilst pinning the Londoners back.

In turn, the hosts retook the lead a short time later, as another centre-back came up trumps. Riyad Mahrez picked the ball up out wide, before coming inside and picking out John Stones, who coolly slotted past Randolph:

City were largely able to control the game from here on in, holding out for a 2-1 win and their 20th in a row across all competitions.

The victory also saw the Citizens extend their lead atop the Premier League to 13 points, until Sunday at least.

After Guardiola’s men managed to pick up a win against this in-form West Ham side whilst not being at their best, it looks unlikely that any other team will be able to catch them, as City charge towards their 3rd league title in four years.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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