A frustrating 1-1 draw at West Ham meant Manchester City’s floundering start to the Premier League campaigned continued on Saturday evening.
The Citizens went behind courtesy a Michail Antonio overhead kick in the 18th minute and their ponderous play created precious little in their efforts to pulled off a comeback victory.
After dropping points against Leicester City and Leeds United already this season, they surrendered another two on this occasion with second-half substitute Phil Foden’s effort only managing to salvage a draw.
Man City’s expected goals (xG) per match:
•2017/18 – 2.41
•2018/19 – 2.47
•2019/20 – 2.69
•2020/21 – 1.36
Many talking about Man City having defensive issues, but suddenly Pep now has a new issue regarding their chance creation in the final third. pic.twitter.com/uyZulB4gpk
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) October 24, 2020
CITY RECORD VS WEST HAM
On paper, this shouldn’t have been a contest. City have had the beating of West Ham several times over, particularly at the London Stadium.
Over their last five visits, City scored past West Ham 22 times and conceded just once.
A defeat for the Hammers in their latest clash with Pep Guardiola’s side would’ve equalled a club record 10 successive losses against the same opponents.
However, a dramatic 3-3 draw against Tottenham last week put a spring in West Ham’s step and helped them take the lead on Saturday. After all, they became the first team to avoid defeat after trailing by at least three goals as late as the 81st minute.
What transpired was another hard-fought performance from David Moyes’ troops who proved difficult for City’s possession-based style to dismantle.
NO SECOND HALF SERGE
Sergio Aguero hasn’t looked himself this season as he battles to regain match fitness. The striker has not scored a Premier League goal in eight matches