Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash is being screened in the Vue Cinema at Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the ground.
The cinema will be able to seat more than 100 fans, who will have to pay £6.99 each if they want to watch the action unfold.
But given they have been prevented from attending West Ham’s outdoor 60,000-seater stadium, fans gathering indoors to watch the match at a nearby screening is somewhat baffling.
Hammers boss David Moyes has been left confused by the ruling, saying: “People going watch a game in a cinema, close to here, why can we not be sitting outside in the open air doing it?
“Maybe there's other reasons - maybe it's the travelling on the tube, the bus, maybe it's the pubs.
“But if that is the case, please come out and give us an explanation as to why we can't do it.”
Both sides are in a rich vein of form heading into today’s encounter, with West Ham taking seven points from their last three games and City following up a 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend by toppling Porto in the Champions League this week.
Pep Guardiola believes their European exploits will hand the Hammers a huge advantage in today’s lunchtime kickoff, insisting he has had less time to prepare than Moyes.
“It's why this league was always so difficult and everyone can lose everywhere,” said the City boss.
“It's for this reason, some guys have seven or eight days to prepare, a huge advantage for the other team. We can adjust, accept, handle the situation if you are a player or manager.
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“All the teams playing in Europe have the same problem. The schedule is crazy for everyone. For three, four games in a row maybe I decide to use the same squad and other ones I make changes.”
Guardiola will be without injured trio Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus in east London, while Michail Antonio and Sebastian Haller are doubts for the Hammers.