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.

Said 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, would prove no pushover having been in fine form themselves of late.

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

Man City would open the scoring in the tie, with a looping cross from Kevin De Bruyne on his first start since injury reaching 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 being able 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 after 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 to nobody in the West Ham box, the best chance for either team.

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

Said subs appeared to give City a new lease of life, with the Manchester powerhouse enjoying much mores possession and pinning the Londoners back.

The Sky Blues then retook the lead, with a centre-back again coming up big for them. Riyad Mahrez would pick up the ball 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 to clinch their 20th win in a row across all competitions.

Said victory also saw Man City extend their lead atop of the Premier League to 13 points, until Sunday at least.

And if Guardiola’s men could pick up a win against this in-form West Ham side whilst not being at their best, it does look as though nobody will be able to catch them this season as they charge towards their 3rd league title in four years.

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