By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore has predicted West Ham to struggle when they face Manchester City on Sunday.
The Hammers travel to the Etihad Stadium for the Premier League clash and will hope to put their European misery behind them.
West Ham were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday night as Astra Giurgiu won the two-legged qualifier 2-1 on aggregate.
The club’s 1-1 draw away last week had appeared to have given them a solid base going in to the second match at the London Stadium on Thursday night but Romanian minnows Astra won 1-0 to deliver a major shock.
Pundit Collymore believes that Man City will cruise to a comfortable win and that West Ham will still be recovering from the European exit.
“One or two questions about (Slaven) Bilic. I can’t see them getting anything against Man City, having said that they got it last season,” Collymore told Boyle Sports on Twitter. “I think Manchester City will win and win quite comfortably.
“They will be mightily disappointed with that because I think the new stadium demands European football and moving forward and seem to be progressive so that will be a bit of a kick in the teeth for West Ham United.”
West Ham shocked Man City in September last season when they pulled off a shock 2-1 victory at the Etihad courtesy of Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho goals, but Collymore does not see a repeat scoreline this year.
West Ham have endured a mixed start to the Premier League season as they began their campaign with a 2-1 away defeat to London rivals Chelsea.
Slaven Bilic’s side earned their first points of the season in a dramatic 1-0 win over Bournemouth in their first league match at their new stadium, with Michail Antonio heading the winner on 85 minutes.
Pep Guardiola’s new look Man City side have a 100 per cent record after two games with victories over Sunderland and Stoke.
In other West Ham team news, the club’s star has been reward with his first international call-up.