Date: 20th February 2020 at 7:00am
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Manchester City beat West Ham United and kept a clean sheet as Aymeric Laporte returned to the starting eleven. The 25-year-old had been out of action with a knee injury that caused him to miss City’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (February 2), but he was back on Wednesday night and impressed alongside Nicolas Otamendi as the Citizens won 2-0.

West Ham failed to register a shot on target at the Etihad Stadium and only had three chances over the 90 minutes. Robert Snodgrass started upfront with Michail Antonio, but the pair failed to create one opportunity, won just one aerial duel and completed only 23 passes between them. Is it any coincident Laporte has kept a clean sheet in each of his last three Premier League appearances?

Against West Ham, Laporte played for 64 minutes, made 61 touches, completed 98.3% of his 58 passes, found a teammate with two of his three long balls and drew one foul. He was assured at the back and composed in possession and has now shut out four sides in six league outings. Laporte spent six months out of action and showed fans what they’ve missed in his absence.

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