The Premier League champions face a challenging job in their opening match of the season when they take on David Moyes’ team.

On Sunday, Manchester City travels to West Ham to start their Premier League title defense. Erling Haaland, who makes his Premier League debut for Pep Guardiola’s squad, will be eager to make a great impression on his debut.

West Ham, on the other hand, had a successful season in 2021–22 and will be hoping to spring a surprise to start the new season.

West Ham hopes that Gianluca Scamacca’s signing will offer them a major boost in attack after he scored 16 goals in Serie A last season as they try to build on an outstanding campaign.

They haven’t been able to defeat Pep Guardiola’s club in the capital city’s last six visits, so they don’t have a good record against them there.

After the summer arrivals of Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips, and Erling Haaland from Leeds, Borussia Dortmund, and City, there are even higher expectations for City this season than there were last year.

City is under pressure to repeat as champions, therefore they will view a strong start against David Moyes’ team as essential.

Prediction – over 2.5 goals

Both teams have scored in each of the last five matches between these sides. Also, Haaland, who missed key chances against Liverpool last week, will look to get on the scoresheet. Expect goals.

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