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Manchester City vs West Ham United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

West Ham United will take a lot of encouragement from Sunderland’s shocking win against Manchester United last night in the League Cup semi-final. In many ways, today’s Capital One Cup game against Manchester City will be a true test for manager Sam Allardyce to see how he can rally his troops against formidable opposition especially at the Etihad Stadium, which has been a fortress for City.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will want to bounce back after their disappointing 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers from last Saturday’s FA Cup match.

Starting line-ups: 

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Lescott, Clichy; Nasri, Yaya, Garcia, Silva; Negredo, Dzeko

Subs: Hart, Nastasic, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Lopes

West Ham United: Adrian, McCartney, Maiga, Taylor, Noble (c), O’Brien, Demel, Diame, Downing, J.Cole, Johnson

Subs: Jarvis, Rat, Collison, Morrison, Diarra, Jaaskelainen, C.Cole

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live in the United States beginning at 2:30pm ET beIN SPORT and DishWorld

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Manchester City vs West Ham United is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website. Setup takes just minutes.

Before, during or after today’s game, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

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  1. Christopher Harris

    January 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    It’s a good thing Sam Allardyce rested half his team for the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest. I would have hated to see how the Hammers would have done today without that rest! 😉

  2. Jim

    January 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    6-0 to City. The result was never in doubt but West Ham are pathetic. Their best player on the night was goalkeeper Adrian. That says it all.

  3. Steve

    January 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    How much more can City get?

  4. yespage

    January 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Looks like Man City will win the Sponsor Cup.

  5. Guy

    January 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Cardiff must be licking their chops.

  6. Flyvanescence

    January 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    So is Wet Spam really that much worse than Sunderland or is Man United that much worse than Man City?

    “Theres Only One David Moyes”

  7. Christopher Harris

    January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    3-0 to City and we’re only in the 40th minute. Pressure is mounting on Big Sam — more so from the fans than the owners.

  8. Steve

    January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm


    • M Owen

      January 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Was all those exclamation’s necessary…its not like we didn’t know this was going to happen?

  9. De Selby

    January 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    well, that was unbelievable.

    • Christopher Harris

      January 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Brilliant first goal by Negredo. And while the second wasn’t as good, that run by him was stellar.

      City on course for a win here. Hammers look like lost sheep so far.

  10. Steve

    January 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm


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