The Chalkboard: West Ham need Anderson to fire against Man City

Fixture In Focus banner Richard Lee

West Ham United have the task of stopping the Manchester City train this weekend, and the Hammers will need Felipe Anderson in full flow if they are to stand a chance of overcoming the Premier League champions.

The Chalkboard

West Ham will bring a three-match unbeaten Premier League run into Saturday afternoon’s clash with City, and have already overcome one Manchester side in the shape of Manchester United at the London Stadium this season.

City, however, have won each of their last seven matches in all competitions, and have scored 15 times in their last three fixtures.

It goes without saying that West Ham will need to defend well to stand a chance of picking up a positive result against the Citizens, but they also have to offer a threat down the other end of the field.

The performances of the likes of Issa Diop, Declan Rice and Marko Arnautovic will be crucial, but the Hammers need summer arrival Anderson to have a big match.

Anderson has just started to come into his own in the Premier League, and will have the chance to demonstrate his skills against Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers.

Analysing Anderson’s form this season

Anderson has scored four times in 12 Premier League appearances for West Ham.

The 25-year-old – a summer arrival from Lazio – has actually managed three goals in his last two league outings, including a double in West Ham’s last home match against Burnley earlier this month.

Statistics provided by WhoScored reveal that the Brazilian has a pass success rate of 76.7% this season, and his use of the ball will be crucial this weekend.

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The fact that Anderson has only managed one Premier League assist this term will be slightly disappointing, but his form in recent games has been very good.

Anderson’s key passes per game average at just under two, meanwhile, and head coach Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for a big contribution from the talented winger this weekend.