Manchester City v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Manchester City v West Ham United

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Sunday, February 9, 2020


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

Manchester City are a shoo-in to win this game comfortably, so there is not much value in backing them to win at widely available odds of around 1/10 or even to be winning at HT/FT at around 2/5. Instead with City’s leaky defence in mind, both teams to score at Evens with Bet365 looks to be one of the better value bets on Sunday and should be given serious consideration.

It may be a case of how many goals City win by rather than if they win – West Ham to grab a draw with a +3 goal handicap at 7/2 with Bet365 could make things more interesting and give the Hammers a fighting chance to bring some cheer to punters, if not their fans on Sunday.

Stumbling defending champions Manchester City welcome relegation threatened West Ham United to the Etihad Stadium, with the away side beginning to get that sinking feeling as they slide deeper into relegation trouble.

Tough run of fixtures lies in wait for Hammers

As highlighted last weekend when West Ham faced a six pointer against Brighton, the Hammers are facing the prospect of a tough run of fixtures, which based on current form it is difficult to see them getting any points out of. After this game against the defending champions then face Liverpool away, a rejuvenated Southampton at home, and away trips to North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs, with a home fixture against a tough as nails Wolves side sandwiched between their London derbies to wrap up March.

It doesn’t get any easier at the start of April, with bitter rivals Chelsea visiting the London Stadium – the Blues would only be too keen to get one over on a London rival and push them further towards relegation should the Hammers fail to get going over their next run of games. Manager David Moyes rightly cut a disconsolate figure as they let a two-goal lead slip twice against Brighton last weekend, knowing full well that similar opportunities for points will be at a premium in the coming weeks.

City’s title defence entering final stages

For City, this game represents at this stage nothing more than a chance to delay the inevitable for another week, with Liverpool enjoying a commanding 22 points lead at the top of the table. Last weekend saw the gap widen further still, with the Reds ultimately cruising to a 4-0 win against Southampton, but an ill-disciplined City slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Spurs after dominating the game until the sending off of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The defeat at Spurs was almost a perfect example of City’s season in a nutshell – dominant for long spells and easy on the eye, but ultimately unable to put the opposition away and eventually conceding avoidable goals with naïve defending. An incredible sixth defeat of the season is scarcely believable after the form of the previous two campaigns, with Guardiola’s side currently looking as vulnerable as they did in his first season in charge.

Team News

The Hammers have been mildly boosted by the return to training of their two most explosive attackers – Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko could come into consideration for the trip to the Etihad Stadium. New signing Jarrod Bowen is also available and will be pushing Sebastien Haller for a place in the starting line-up, with the record breaking summer signing short on confidence and goals in recent months.

City hope to have Aymeric Laporte back from injury to help shore up their leaky defence – the champions have shipped 29 goals already in just 24 league games so far this season.

Routine home win?

Despite the disappointment of losing at Spurs last weekend, it is difficult to see past anything other than a home win, with City keen to go into the winter break on a high. West Ham’s defence does simply not look like it will be able to withstand the constant pressure from the home side, and although they may be able to snatch a goal on the break at some stage, it will unlikely to be enough to stem their woeful run of form under David Moyes.

Punter's Pick

Manchester City are a shoo-in to win this game comfortably, so there is not much value in backing them to win at widely available odds of around 1/10 or even to be winning at HT/FT at around 2/5. Instead with City’s leaky defence in mind, both teams to score at Evens with Bet365 looks to be one of the better value bets on Sunday and should be given serious consideration.

It may be a case of how many goals City win by rather than if they win – West Ham to grab a draw with a +3 goal handicap at 7/2 with Bet365 could make things more interesting and give the Hammers a fighting chance to bring some cheer to punters, if not their fans on Sunday.

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