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Manchester City are now the only unbeaten side in the division and if Chelsea slip up there is a chance they could move into first place with a win in Saturday's late kick-off. Roberto Mancini has had to contend with criticism during the early part of the campaign but last weekend's victory over Swansea was their fourth in a row in the league. For West Ham the encounter marks the start of a run of testing fixtures, with games against Newcastle, Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool looming in the coming weeks. Sam Allardyce's promoted side have made a bright start to the season to sit ninth in the standings, but were beaten at Wigan last weekend after a lacklustre display.
• No player has scored more goals in Premier League home games than Kevin Nolan this season (4).
• James Milner has only had three shots in the Premier League in 2012, but has scored with two of them.
Guy Demel has been ruled out for a few weeks after undergoing hernia surgery, while Matt Taylor is also unavailable with a thigh injury. Demel’s absence looks likely to hand James Tomkins an extended period at right-back, while Taylor’s absence, in conjunction with Ricardo Vaz Te’s shoulder injury, should ensure Matt Jarvis and Yossi Benayoun keep the wide roles, with Modibo Maiga likely to be utilised as an impact sub.
J Jaaskelainen • J Tomkins, J Collins, W Reid, G McCartney • M Noble • Y Benayoun, K Nolan, M Diamè, M Jarvis • A Carroll
Pablo Zabaleta is back from a hamstring injury and should slot in at right-back, after Micah Richards was ruled out with a knee injury sustained against Swansea last week. With David Silva again likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, James Milner could return to the midfield, having served a one-match suspension.
J Hart • P Zabaleta, V Kompany, J Lescott, G Clichy • J Milner, G Barry • S Nasri, Y Toure, S Aguero • C Tevez