Manchester City will be looking to keep up the pressure at the top of the table when they travel to Upton Park to take on West Ham on Saturday evening.

Roberto Mancini’s men have closed the gap at the top to just one point, and will be looking for their fifth consecutive Premier League win on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce will be mindful that this is the first of a tough run of fixtures for the Hammers, with games against Newcastle, Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool looming in the coming weeks.

It’s been a decent start to the season for West Ham, who currently sit in 9th place, although last weekend saw them go down 2-1 at Wigan, putting in a disappointing performance.

Manchester City will be in confident mood having won seven and lost just one of their last 10 meetings with the Hammers.

Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta is set to hand Manchester City a boost by returning for the trip to Upton Park. The news is timely for Mancini, following the injury to Micah Richards which is set to keep him out for four months.

Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Jack Collison (knee) are West Ham’s long-term absentees.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Manchester City 

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