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Man City team news: Duo ruled out of West Ham clash, defenders could return

Manchester City are due to face off against West Ham United in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

This will be City’s first competitive game since they were slapped with a two-season ban from the Champions League.

As they will not win the Premier League this season, it remains to be seen if Pep Guardiola’s side will start prioritising this season’s Champions League and effectively sacrifice being at 100% in all their Premier League games between now and the end of the season.

City are expected to be without the services of Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The report added that Raheem Sterling will also be sidelined due to a hamstring injury.

Benjamin Mendy and John Stones could be set for a return to action whilst Leroy Sane is still improving his fitness.

City will be the firm favourites to win the game as they are a class above the Hammers on paper.

David Moyes’ side have not been at their best this season and are currently in the relegation zone with 24 points from their 25 league games to date.

West Ham are without a win during their past five league games and were beaten heavily the last time they played Guardiola’s men.

City by contrast have won three out of their previous five league games though they lost their last top-flight fixture against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

The two sides last faced off in a league clash in August with City winning 5-0 through a Sterling hat-trick and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.

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