City love playing at the London Stadium, Haller looks promising & more- Five Talking Points from West Ham 0-5 Man City

West Ham’s opening league game of the 2019/20 season saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side go down 5-0 to defending champions Manchester City. The Hammers were pretty good for the first twenty odd minutes and were only a goal down at half time, but the floodgates opened after the interval once City got into their side.

Here are our talking points from this fixture.

City love playing at the London Stadium: Pep Guardiola’s men have now scored four or more goals against West Ham for the fifth game in succession at the London Stadium. Their record at this ground currently reads: Played 5, Won 5, Goals scored 22, Goals conceded 1.

While recent games at the Etihad between these two sides have been tightly fought, the ones at the London Stadium have been blowouts. It’s fast becoming one of City’s favourite grounds to play Premier League footy.

Sebastien Haller looks promising: Given City’s dominance, we didn’t really get to see much of West Ham’s new record signing, but he was impressive in the few instances he did get the ball. Strong, able to draw in defenders and has an eye for team mates around him. Also registered the Hammers’ first shot of this game with an attempted bicycle kick.

Questions remain over West Ham’s defence: While Manuel Pellegrini did strength his attack significantly with the additions of Fornals and Haller, there was little done on the defensive side of things. Youngster Goncalo Cardoso was their only signing in that department, and he didn’t even make the 18 here.

West Ham starting lineup vs Man City 2019

Aaron Cresswell was thoroughly beaten for pace by Kyle Walker for City’s opener. Issa Diop was shaky today- at fault for the first goal and gave away the penalty for the fourth. The French youngster had a couple of other dodgy moments as well, but fortunately those mistakes didn’t translate into goals for City. Kevin de Bruyne simply breezed past Fabian Balbuena in the build up to City’s third.

City will do the same to better defences, but this is a long season for West Ham, and truth be told, defensive depth looks a little shaky. Their attack with the likes of Lanzini, Anderson, Haller and Fornals, on paper, has claim to being the best outside the top six. The same however cannot be said about the back four.

Ederson double save at 2-0: There weren’t too many opportunities in the game for West Ham, but they did have one very fine one when City were 2-0 up. Fornals’ ball into the box fell to Hernandez, but Ederson saved from the Mexican, and also got a hand to Lanzini’s header on the rebound. Minutes later, City scored to make it 3-0 and put the game beyond reach.

VAR gets a real work out: There was plenty of work today for VAR referee David Coote. City originally had their third goal disallowed by the thinnest of margins. However VAR did work in their favour when they eventually scored again- also a decision of millimetres. For their fourth goal, Sergio Aguero missed his penalty on the first attempt, but VAR allowed him a retake because of Declan Rice’s “encroachment”, and the Argentine made no mistake second time around.

Defeat against City was expected, but perhaps not by a margin of five goals. Nevertheless, the season really begins for West Ham next week as they travel to the Amex to take on Brighton.

West Ham 0-5 Man City (Jesus 25, Sterling 51, 75, 90+1, Aguero pen 86)

Attendance: 59,870


  1. The only bright note was no-one died.

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