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West Ham vs Manchester City – Match Preview

Sofiane Feghouli is available for West Ham after winning an appeal against his sending off versus Manchester United.

Fellow midfielder Mark Noble may return after suffering a knock at Leicester, but Cheikhou Kouyate and Andre Ayew are away on international duty.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho begins a four-game ban after failing to overturn his red card against Burnley.

Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane are injured and Fernando could miss out because of a knock.



  • West Ham have won only two of their last 15 league and cup games against Manchester City (D3, L10).
  • The last time the Hammers beat City in the FA Cup was in 2006 – when they went on to reach the final. They won 2-1 in a quarter-final at the Etihad thanks to a Dean Ashton brace.
  • The sides have only been paired together in the FA Cup three times before. West Ham claimed 2-1 away wins in 1998 and 2006, while City beat them 1-0 in a replay at the Etihad Stadium in 2008.

West Ham United

  • The Hammers have only lost one of their previous eight FA Cup games on home turf – that defeat coming against Manchester United last season.
  • The last time they lost a game at home in the FA Cup third round was in 2010 – a 2-1 defeat by Arsenal.
  • The Irons are three-time FA Cup winners (1964, 1975, 1980) and were runners-up in 1923 and 2006.
  • Dimitri Payet has had a hand in five goals in six appearances for the Hammers in this competition (three goals and two assists).

Manchester City

  • City’s 5-1 loss at Chelsea in the fifth round last season was their heaviest defeat in the FA Cup since 1960, when they lost by the same scoreline against Southampton.
  • They have progressed past the third round in six of the last seven seasons – the only exception being their defeat to Manchester United in 2012.
  • This is the fourth time in a row City have been drawn away against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup (they travelled to Norwich, Aston Villa and Chelsea last season).
  • City won the trophy for the fifth time when they beat Stoke in 2011. They have been runners-up on five occasions – most recently against Wigan in 2013.
  • Sergio Aguero needs one goal to become the third highest scorer in City’s history. He is tied with Colin Bell on 153 goals. Only Tommy Johnson (166) and Eric Brook (178) have more.
  • Khelechi Iheanacho has four goals and one assist in his three previous FA Cup appearances.

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