10 February 2020 00:42
Manchester City's Premier League meeting with West Ham is one of a host of sporting events postponed on Sunday due to Storm Ciara. City said they had taken the decision to call off the fixture amid safety fears in light of the "extreme and escalating weather conditions". Winds of up to 80mph have been raging on Sunday, with a full round of Women's Super League matches also falling foul of the elements along with the women's Six Nations fixture between England and Scotland, racing and football matches in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. However, the Premier League clash between Sheffield United and Bournemouth is scheduled to go ahead at 2pm GMT as planned. ES COVERAGE Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's coverage of Manchester City vs West Ham at the Etihad.
This is the start of an absolute nightmare run of fixtures for West Ham, and it arrives at a time when they could very much do without it. Already in the relegation zone, including today the Hammers' next seven games include matches against Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea. Advertisement Soucek: Hammers should follow Spurs lead and upset City West Ham new boy Tomas Soucek has called on his side to use Tottenham's win over Manchester City last weekend as the blueprint for an upset at the Etihad this afternoon. Spurs took all three points against the Premier League champions last weekend, despite having just 33 per cent of the ball and having only three shots to City's 19. Bernardo: City gave up too early in title race Manchester City star Bernardo Silva believes his side 'gave up too soon' in the defence of their title, allowing Liverpool to romp clear at the top of the Premier League. Photo: Reuters City edged out Liverpool by a single point in a gripping title race last season, winning their second successive crown. This year, another epic was expected, but instead it has turned into a cakewalk, with unbeaten Liverpool currently 22 points clear having won all but one of their 25 games, while City have been beaten six times. "It hurts a lot because when you start a new season you always want to go for the Premier League. Last year's key moment turned out to be City's 2-1 win against Liverpool at the Etihad in January, which turned out to be the Reds' only defeat of the season. These little details in football make the difference." Man City team news Pep Guardiola has failed to set a return date for Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City forward suffered a hamstring injury. The England international will definitely miss Sunday's game against West Ham and is a doubt for the Champions League tie with Real Madrid later this month. What's important is he's recovered well, he'll come back stronger than before, but now he needs time." Advertisement BREAKING NEWS BREAKING: Man City vs West Ham has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Manchester City's Premier League meeting with West Ham has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Ciara. Pep Guardiola's side were due to host the Hammers at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, but the fixture has been called off over safety fears. A statement from City said: "Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today's match has been postponed. "This decision has been made by Manchester City's Safety Officer following consultation with Club stakeholders and officials at West Ham United. Several Women's Super League fixtures, including the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham, have been cancelled, as well as the women's Six Nations clash between England and Scotland. The day's other Premier League match, between Sheffield United and Bournemouth at Bramall Lane, has been given the go-ahead. As things stand, the other Premier League game today, between Sheffield United and Bournemouth, is still on. Advertisement City facing fixture nightmare Pep Guardiola faces a nightmare fixture pile-up after Manchester City's clash with West Ham was postponed. City now have a two-week winter break, but will return to a potentially exhausting schedule as they try to rearrange the West Ham match. Their game against Arsenal on March 1 has already had to be postponed because they play Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final on that date. The Premier League champions will be playing weekends and midweeks right up until March 14. Meanwhile, they will have to postpone their March 21 fixture with Chelsea if either side reaches the FA Cup quarter final. It could be a huge blow to Guardiola's hopes of winning the Champions League for the first time as City manager. In 2016 City effectively gave up their hopes of winning the FA Cup when naming a shadow team for their fifth round tie with Chelsea. City and then-manager Manuel Pellegrini we're angered by the decision to schedule their game at 4pm on a Sunday before an away Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev the following Wednesday. Photo: PA Advertisement West Ham pledge free coach travel to supporters for rearranged Man City match West Ham will lay on free coach travel for all supporters who hold a ticket for their trip to Manchester City when a rearranged fixture is confirmed. The Hammers saw their visit to the champions postponed due to Storm Ciara on Sunday, with conditions in Manchester deemed unsafe for supporters, while those travelling from London were hit with travel chaos. Train times from London Euston were doubled if services were running at all, before the club announced the decision - taken by Manchester City's safety officer. But when the new arranged date is confirmed, West Ham fans will be given free travel to ticketholders to attend the rescheduled match. If the match isn't rearranged before Liverpool play against Norwich on Saturday, Pep Guardiola's men could find themselves a huge 25 points behind the league leaders - that's if Jurgen Klopp's side keep up their extraordinary winning run. Manchester City are facing a potential fixture nightmare after their clash with West Ham was postponed due to Storm Ciara on Sunday. Photo: Getty Pep Guardiola's side now have two Premier League fixtures to make up, with their meeting with Arsenal moved for the EFL Cup final, and could have as many as two more, depending on their FA Cup progress. Here are the details of their schedule between now and the end of the season, and where they might fit these extra games… Week commencing February 10 Man City were due to begin their Premier League midseason break, with Guardiola planning on giving his players a few days off, rather than taking them on a training camp. If the West Ham game has not been rearranged for during the midseason break, then things start to get hectic for the champions. W/c February 24 City go to the Bernabeu in midweek for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid, before playing Aston Villa in the League Cup final at the weekend. The Premier League meeting with Arsenal scheduled for the same date has already been postponed. W/c March 2 City play Sheffield Wednesday in midweek in the fifth round of the FA Cup – thankfully, there are no replays at this stage of the competition – but presuming either they or Chelsea get through to the next round, their Premier League meeting scheduled for March 21 will need to be moved. W/c March 9 City have no midweek game scheduled, but there are other Champions League ties set to take place and Uefa usually do not allow top flight domestic matches to be played on the same night. If granted special dispensation, they could play either the West Ham or the possible Chelsea fixture in this window, though not the Arsenal game as the Gunners are in Europa League action. W/c March 16 City will play the second leg of the Real Madrid tie and their FA Cup quarter-final, if they have reached that stage. If City and Chelsea are both already out they will play their league game as planned, but if the holders go out and Chelsea are still in, the West Ham or Arsenal league matches could be scheduled here, though the latter may still be in the Cup themselves. Can't see the Man City vs West Ham LIVE: Premier League clash postponed reaction blog? "Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today's match has been postponed. "This decision has been made by Manchester City's Safety Officer following consultation with Club stakeholders and officials at West Ham United.