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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Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

West Ham will be keen to give new signing Jarrod Bowen his debut although he may start the game on the bench. Declan Rice could partner Mark Noble in midfield with the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Antonio pushing on to support Sebastian Haller up front.

Unsurprisingly Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. The champions have dominated this fixture winning their last eight games on the bounce and it is unlikely the Hammers will buck that trend on Wednesday. Given City’s superiority in this fixture we feel that backing Manchester City at a -2 goals handicap at 10/11 represents excellent value with Bet365. This has materialised in three of their last four games with the Champions winning by a margin of three goals or more. It is also likely to be a combative affair with David Moyes in charge at the Hammers and over 2.5 cards at 4/6 should also be backed with the same bookmaker.

 

Manchester City welcome West Ham to the Etihad Stadium to complete the latest round of Premier League fixtures. The champions are still reeling from the news of their Champions League ban and how they react will be key in their first game since the news broke. West Ham will be hoping to capitalise by pushing for the three points they desperately need in their bid to avoid relegation.

Manchester City come into this game having lost to Tottenham last time out. Steven Bergwijn’s stunning volley and Heung-min Son’s strike condemned City to their 6th league defeat of the season. With the title almost certainly heading to Anfield and the news of their Champions League ban, all eyes will be on this game to see how the champions react. Initial reports have Pep Guardiola claiming that he will stay on and he will be looking for a similar level of commitment from his players. But there is a real danger that morale could drop and if there is no hope of winning the league or qualifying for next year’s competition, then Guardiola could prioritise his focus completely on winning the Champions League which could mean weakened teams being deployed in the Premier League. This would compromise the integrity of the league as well as give teams a better chance of claiming three points despite previous opponents having to play against full strength City sides. This is why the team put out for this fixture will be intriguing and will signal their intent for the remainder of the season.

West Ham are currently in poor form and have not won a competitive game in their last six. A 3-3 draw against Brighton stopped their losing streak but no wins since New Year’s Day means they start this game in the relegation zone. The Hammers have certainly shown signs of their ability in patches throughout the season but the signing of Sebastian Haller has not provided the goal threat they were hoping for with the Frenchman only netting six times in the league this season and with no goals in his last seven competitive games. Much will rely on the livewire Michail Antonio who has provided the spark in many games where the Hammers have got a result. The issue is that the midfield is too workmanlike without much creativity and this is hampering their ability to get up and support Haller. David Moyes may be forced into gambling and starting with Manuel Lanzini in order to open up defences with time and games running out this season.

In team news Aymeric Laporte is pushing for a return to the starting lineup in place of Nicolas Otamendi, with Benjamin Mendy likely to replace the suspended Zinchenko. Raheem Sterling is also injured with Bernardo Silva likely to come in and partner Riyad Mahrez on the wings. Given City’s current predicament, Guardiola may give more game time to the likes of Phil Foden in the hope of getting him valuable experience for the future.

Punter's Pick

West Ham will be keen to give new signing Jarrod Bowen his debut although he may start the game on the bench. Declan Rice could partner Mark Noble in midfield with the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Antonio pushing on to support Sebastian Haller up front.

Unsurprisingly Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. The champions have dominated this fixture winning their last eight games on the bounce and it is unlikely the Hammers will buck that trend on Wednesday. Given City’s superiority in this fixture we feel that backing Manchester City at a -2 goals handicap at 10/11 represents excellent value with Bet365. This has materialised in three of their last four games with the Champions winning by a margin of three goals or more. It is also likely to be a combative affair with David Moyes in charge at the Hammers and over 2.5 cards at 4/6 should also be backed with the same bookmaker.

 

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