Missing Tevez could be crucial for West Ham

With former West Ham hero Carlos Tevez suspended for the trip to Upton Park on Saturday, the rock-bottom Hammers will be looking to take advantage.

SATURDAY’S match will be a double-edged sword for many West Ham fans.

On the one hand, former Hammers hero Carlos Tevez will miss the match through suspension and a chance to appreciate the little Argentinian’s talents will be missed.

On the other hand, Tevez will miss the match through suspension, and that will give West Ham a huge chance to get something out of Saturday’s game.

In truth, Roberto Mancini’s side have been something of a one-man band in the Premier League this season.


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Tevez has grabbed 10 league goals and his nearest rival is impetuous Italian Mario Balotelli who has grabbed just a couple.

The result of their over-reliance on Tevez has been a tally of just 21 goals this season and with both he and Aleksander Kolarov missing the match through suspension, West Ham may well be eyeing a surprise victory on Saturday.

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Despite their lack of goals, City still sit fourth in the league with 29 points, helped by four away victories along the way.

They have triumphed at Wigan (2-0), Blackpool (3-2), West Brom (2-0) and Fulham (4-1), hardly impressive victories any of them, while they have also been beaten at Sunderland (1-0) and Wolves (2-1).

Mancini resisted the urge to spend big – in City terms anyway – during the summer.

Balotelli arrived for �24m, Kolarov for �19m, while they had to do a lot of bargaining before finally securing the services of James Milner from Aston Villa in a �26m deal.

None of them have been particularly impressive so far, with Milner struggling to hold down a starting spot, while fellow England man Adam Johnson remains on the periphery of the team.

City came to Upton Park for the final game of last season and it proved to be a strange match.

It was strange, mostly because Luis Boa Morte scored only his second goal for the club, before fellow double-barrel boy Shaun Wright-Phillips earned City a point.

The previous season, Jack Collison scored the only goal, but scoring may be tougher against Mancini’s sturdy, cautious City side.

Don’t expect too many fireworks, both sides may settle for a point.

Possible team: Hart, K Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, Lescott, Y Toure, De Jong, Barry, Milner, Silva, Balotelli.

Prediction

West Ham 0 Manchester City 0

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