Unsurprisingly, De Bruyne is named as the Man of the Match. He was simply brilliant tonight.
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- 1st Half
Manchester City - West Ham United
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Jesus' misery in front of goal continues as he tries to cut the ball back to Aguero only for Masuaku to step in to clear.
You could almost hear a pin drop at the Etihad; it has been a strange atmosphere here tonight. City are passing the ball around in an exercise that resembles a training session.
- OffDavid SilvaManchester City
- OnPhil FodenManchester City
City sub: D Silva has picked up a slight knock and is replaced by Phil Foden.
Noble - I don't think I have mentioned his name tonight - blasts over from distance. That's never troubling Ederson, who hasn't yet had to make a save.
A tired clearance from Otamendi, who hasn't looked great tonight.
- OffRobert SnodgrassWest Ham United
- OnJarrod BowenWest Ham United
West Ham sub: Jarrod Bowen comes on for his debut, replacing Snodgrass.
- OffKevin De BruyneManchester City
- OnIlkay GündoganManchester City
City sub: Ladies and gentlemen, your Man of the Match, Kevin De Bruyne, goes off. He's replaced by Ilkay Gundogan.
Chances! Jesus is played through on goal for the third time this evening and although he gets his shot away early on this occasion, Fabianski is equal to it. And De Bruyne proves he is equally effective in a defensive role as he nips in to take the ball off Antonio, who was just about to pull the trigger.
It's a damage-limitation exercise for West Ham. It has been since before kick-off.
Antonio shoots horribly high and wide into the night sky, and that just about sums up West Ham's night - and season so far.
Zabaleta gets an important touch to De Bruyne's cross and Ogbonna completes the job by sliding in to deny D Silva.
It's now just a question of how much energy City are willing to exert in search of a third or fourth goal. Aguero sees his shot blocked as West Ham continue to defend with an incredibly deep defensive line.
West Ham look dead and buried; they look like they lacked belief from the first whistle. They will still in the relegation places, as it stands. They're in huge trouble, aren't they? Particularly on the basis of this dismal performance.
- OffAymeric LaporteManchester City
- OnJohn StonesManchester City
City sub: Laporte, having played for over an hour on his return from injury, is replaced by John Stones.
- GoalKevin De BruyneManchester City
GOAL! Man City 2-0 West Ham (De Bruyne): The Belgian gets the goal his controlling performance deserves! He starts the move, exchanging passes with Bernardo before darting into the box and side-footing it past Fabianski with aplomb.
Close! I tell you what, that is not far away. Bernardo opens up his body and curls a shot from distance agonisingly over the bar. City are still searching for a killer second goal.
- OffRyan FredericksWest Ham United
- OnPablo ZabaletaWest Ham United
Fredericks walks off the pitch in a daze. And predictably, Zabaleta comes as his replacement to a huge reception.
D Silva collides with Fredericks, who seems to fall awkwardly on his shoulder and looks in severe pain. It looks like he's coming off. Zabaleta is going to be his replacement on what will be his last appearance at the Etihad.
Close! But then, in an instant, Aguero almost doubles City's advantage. He takes a touch to get the ball out of his feet before drilling shot across the face of goal and just wide. The ball-boy then gets a stern talking to for retrieving the ball before it went out of play!
City are becoming increasingly sloppy in possession, Otamendi in particular.
Not for the first time this evening, Rice makes an interception in midfield. Almost on a one-man mission, he proceeds on a lung busting run to the flank before delivering a cross - but there's no one there to meet it. Otamendi's clearance isn't half convincing but City survive.
City build another patient attack, D Silva spreading the ball wide to Walker, who is getting space on a frequent basis now, but once more his delivery isn't up to scratch.
Ah, what a pass from De Bruyne. A beautifully weighted ball from the Belgian releases Walker on the right. His cross is too close to Fabianski, though.
- 2nd Half
KICK-OFF! West Ham get things started in the second half.
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Somehow Man City only have a goal lead to show for a completely dominant performance, courtesy of Rodri's first goal at the Etihad. Pep won't be happy with the chances the hosts have spurned, with Gabriel Jesus missing two gilt-edged opportunities.
- Yellow cardArthur MasuakuWest Ham United
Yellow card! Masuaku has been having a tough old time of it out there and now he's into the book for a foul on De Bruyne, conceding a dangerous free-kick in the process.
West Ham chance! City get away with one. Antonio flashes a really dangerous ball across the face of goal but none of his team mates can get on the end of it. That was dying to be tucked away!
Jesus shoots straight at Fabianski, as City's dominance continues.
Catch a glimpse of City's opener...
More defending for West Ham to do as Bernardo whips another ball in from the flank and Fabianski does enough to put D Silva off at the near post.
Bernardo steals in behind Masuaku all too easily on the right flank but his cross is mopped up by the West Ham defence.
Nothing has changed since West Ham have conceded: Antonio is still isolated, with a huge gap between him and his closest team mate Snodgrass.
Only Aston Villa (nine) have conceded more goals from corners than West Ham's eight this season in the Premier League.
West Ham look completely overwhelmed at the Etihad. Moyes had set his team up not to concede; what now for the Hammers? Do they have a Plan B? They haven't managed a goal against City in the last three meetings.
City win another corner but this time the visitors hang manage to scramble it clear before Aguero scuffs a shot at goal.
- GoalRodriManchester City
GOAL! Man City 1-0 West Ham (Rodri): The inevitable has happened, City lead. And it's so, so simple. A corner is delivered to the near post and Rodri scores his first goal at the Etihad with a glancing header. Laporte helped it in but the ball had already crossed the line, I think. West Ham had no one guarding the posts!
Mendy mis-hits his cross and it almost sneaks in at the near post! Fortunately, for West Ham, Fabianski scurries across to push it behind for a corner.
Brilliant midfield work by Rice as he dispossesses De Bruyne, but the England international is left frustrated by a lack of support and movement from his team so proceeds to hammer the ball down the line for a City throw-in.
City have had six shots on goal, registering two on target, but after 25 minutes it remains goalless in Manchester.
West Ham have a rare foray forward but Antonio is left isolated in the penalty area and can't get near a cross delivered from the right flank, as City mop up.
Mendy stands up a cross to the back post where Cresswell rises highest to head clear with Aguero ready and poised to volley it home.
NO PENALTY! Aguero feels he is pushing held back by Ogbonna as he tries to get a shot away, but his appeals for a penalty go unheard as he is adjudged to be standing in an offside position. That's a dubious call!
Shot! Fabianski is alert enough to cover his near post and keeps out De Bruyne's shot from an acute angle. City's pressure is relentless and you have to fear for West Ham if the floodgates open.
City launch a counter-attack, De Bruyne leading the charge through the middle, but the Belgian's attempted ball to Aguero is wayward.
City's opener seems inevitable.
Another chance for Jesus! De Bruyne passes through a crowd of bodies and finds the Brazilian, who is just about onside. Once again he hesitates and this time it's Cresswell who makes a last-ditch block to deny City an opener.
Save! Fabianski looks rather awkward as he stops a typical De Bruyne piledriver from distance with his feet.
Any question that City would be lacking motivation after Uefa's announcement has already been answered: they're swarming all over West Ham, pressing high up the pitch and generally look dangerous.
Close! City form another encouraging attacking move, Mendy and De Bruyne linking up to set up Aguero, who tries an improvised shot with the outside of the boot but doesn't get enough curl on the ball to trouble Fabianski.
Chance! David Silva threads the eye of a needle to unlock the West Ham defence and release Jesus. The Brazilian over complicates things by attempting to round the goalkeeper Fabianski which allows Frederick to nip in and concede the corner.
Mendy has been involved plenty in the early stages. And boy have City missed his presence down that left flank.
Rice pounces on a loose ball in midfield and lifts one over the top for Antonio to chase only for the makeshift forward to commit a foul. He was a little too keen.
City are dominating possession, using width in their attacks and trying to set a precedent in the game.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Man City get the game underway on a night of yet more heavy rain.
Moyes has told Sky Sports that January signing Jarrod Bowen needs time to settle, which explains why he is a surprise omission from West Ham's starting line-up tonight. He is always an option off the bench, as is Felipe Anderson, who is returning from injury.
Ten minutes until kick-off, so let's have a quick fact, shall we? Man City are on a seven-match winning streak in this league fixture, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.
Who said the City pair couldn't play together?!
Sky Sports have quizzed Pep on the Uefa ban: he said he won't talk about it until after the game. He did say his players were "amazing", though, and that he wanted a similar performance to the Spurs game 17 days ago. He won't want a repeat result, that's for sure.
Moyes has overseen only one league win from their last six games, a run which sees the Hammers drop into the bottom three, a point adrift of safety. Yet more concerning is that Guardiola has won all eight of his meetings with West Ham in all competitions.
David Moyes makes just one change from the West Ham side that threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Brighton on February 1, with Arthur Masuaku featuring at left-back in a tactical reshuffle which sees Michail Antonio move into a forward role and Sebastien Haller dropping to the bench. Pablo Zabaleta is denied a starting place against his former employers, having to make do as a substitute.
It feels like a lifetime ago City last kicked a ball. So much has happened off the field since their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on February 2. Pep makes FIVE changes to the starting XI from that loss, with centre-back Aymeric Laporte making only his second start since August, while left-back Benjamin Mendy also returns to the fold. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Bernardo Silva come into the attack, with Raheem Sterling missing with a hamstring problem. Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez drop to the bench.
Mikel Arteta is considering his summer options, according to today's Euro Papers...
TEAM NEWS: Man City XI - Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, D Silva, Bernardo, Jesus, Aguero.. subs: Bravo, Stones, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Cancelo, Foden. /// West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Soucek, Snodgrass, Antonio.. subs: Randolph, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Lanzini, Bowen, Anderson, Haller.
Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the rescheduled Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham, which was postponed because of Storm Ciara earlier in the month. City have been battling an internal storm after Uefa's jaw-dropping announcement last Friday night detailing why they are sanctioning a two-year European ban on the club, but tonight Pep Guardiola will be focused firmly on garnering three league points.