Manchester City face an injury-laden West Ham United at The Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
City are favourites for the fixture despite winning only one of the their last four encounters against West Ham, and the East London outfit won this tie 2-1 last season – claiming their first triumph at City since 2003.
The Blues have a 100-per-cent record so far this season after thrashing Stoke City 4-1 last weekend, whereas The Hammers have taken three points from their first two games – bouncing back from initial defeat with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth last Sunday.
City chief Pep Guardiola says new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will not make a home debut this weekend, so Willy Caballero is expected to start.
The recent signing is fully fit and trained with the squad on Friday, but it has emerged that he will watch from the stands as Joe Hart is set for bench rotation after starting against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been declared fit after a minor injury scare during the midweek Champions League play-off fixure, and is available to start alongside the prolific Sergio Aguero who has been on the scoresheet 19 times in his last 18 games.
Vincent Kompany (thigh) is missing from action while new signing Iikay Gundogan is doubtful due to match fitness.
Croatian boss Slaven Bilic is looking to achieve yet another shock defeat at The Etihad on Sunday, but is short of attacking reinforcements following Andre Ayew’s thigh injury along with Andy Carroll who is expected to sit on the sidelines for another four to six weeks.
City have looked really sharp so far in all competitions this year despite a disrupted pre-season, but Bilic feels that in the current Premier League climate anything can happen on Sunday. The East London side struggled to create chances against Bournemouth last Sunday but are hoping that 85th minute winner can bring some attacking drive this weekend.
The West Ham manager is hopeful that Mark Noble and fellow midfielder Dimitri Payet will be fit to play whereas Havard Nordtveit (foot) is unable for selection.
The Hammers also missed out on Europa League spot after their 1-0 loss to Romanian side Astra on Thursday, losing 2-1 on aggregate.
Prediction – Manchester City 3-0 West Ham United.
Manchester City have already scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, whereas West Ham are struggling to orchestrate goal-scoring opportunities.