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May 9, 2014

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ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Craig Burley give their take on whether West Ham United can upset Manchester City in their title deciding match.

MANCHESTER -- Sergio Aguero is fit and available to make his Manchester City comeback as they look to seal the Premier League title against West Ham on Sunday.

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City will clinch the Premier League title if they secure victory at the Etihad Stadium and Pellegrini said he has a fully-fit squad for the clash.

City only need a point to be crowned champions and Aguero, who scored the goal that won them the league in 2012, was a doubt after limping off in Saturday's 3-2 win over Everton with a groin problem.

The 28-goal striker, who has missed 19 of City's last 32 games, sat out Wednesday's 4-0 win over Aston Villa but manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he has no injury worries.

"The whole squad is fit," he said at a news conference. "It is very important because for a manager if you have your whole squad and can choose between all your players it is the most important thing."

In Aguero's absence, Edin Dzeko has delivered vital goals with doubles against both Everton and Villa and Pellegrini praised the in-form forward.

He added: "It was very important at the beginning of the season to have a good squad -- more than a team, a squad. At this moment, Edin is in a very high level of performance and he is doing very well. In other moments it was Alvaro Negredo or 'Kun' Aguero [who were scoring] so I think all the players are involved."

City beat West Ham 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium in January in the Capital One Cup but Pellegrini is not envisaging a repeat, saying: "I think all the games are different."

While a draw will suffice for City, Pellegrini is aiming to for another victory.

He explained: "Every team must play every game to win. It doesn't matter in which conditions they are playing, every team must want to win."

Pellegrini believes he is 90 minutes away from delivering on his promise to play attractive, winning football in his debut year at the club which has already seen him win the Capital One Cup.

The Chilean, who arrived from Malaga last summer, has long been adamant that a positive style of play matters as well as the results.

"What I said the first day I started working here and I accepted [the job] because I agreed with the plan was to have a style of play, an attractive style to be a creative team and to win titles," he said. "I accepted the job because I had a lot of trust I could do it. My target was always to play well and try to win the title."

City have already scored 100 league goals, becoming only the second top-flight English side to record a century in the last 51 years, and have struck 154 times in all competitions.

Pellegrini's team is full of veterans of the final day of the 2011-12 season, when they became champions courtesy of a 94th-minute winner from Sergio Aguero against QPR.

And the manager added: "I think it is a different moment, in a different year, with a different manager and a different squad. It is always important to have experience but the best way to work this game is trying to repeat what we did all year."

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