Pep Guardiola’s Man City side entered this year’s F.A. Cup in style, with an emphatic 5-0 demolition of West Ham at the London Stadium. With both teams making a few chances, including a starting spot in Man City’s run on team for Aguero, alongside the return of Silva, Zabaleta and Jones. While West Ham swapped Adrian for Randolph in goal, in addition to Andy Carroll replacing Dimitri Payet up front.
With end to end entertainment from the start, both keepers were called into action early, with West Ham’s Adrian managing to block a Silva shot, only for West ham to go straight up the other end and force an excellent save from Caballero in the City goal. However, despite Adrian’s efforts, when Sterling was controversially brought down in the box, the referee awarded the penalty and Toure stepped up to open the scoring. This opened the door for Man City, who continued to push forward and, after excellent work down the right from Sagna, Aguero and Silva saw West Ham defender, Havard Nordtveit, found his own net under pressure from Sterling. The Blues weren’t finished there and, less than two minutes later, Sterling and Aguero combined to provide Silva with the easiest of tap-ins to make it 0-3 at half time.
Unfortunately, things didn’t improve after the break as Man City pushed straight from the re start. It only took Aguero five minutes to put his name on the score sheet, latching on to a miss hit, Toure shot to register his 154th goal of the club. Man city weren’t finished there, with England international John Stones contacting with Nolito’s corner to score his first for the club and Man City’s fifth on the night.
So, with their name firmly in the draw for the first round, Man City can put their attention back to the league and their trip to Everton, while West Ham have a massive game against fellow strugglers, Crystal Palace, at the London Stadium.