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

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Premier League West Ham United v Manchester City

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Saturday, August 10, 2019


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

For this fixture, it is difficult to look beyond a City win and as a result there is very little value on an outright victory for the champions. They won both fixtures last year although the reverse fixture at the Etihad was a hard fought 1-0 victory, the summer break should mean that all CIty’s big guns are in top form right from the off for this fixture. Bet365 are offering odds of 4/9 for over 2.5 goals, a market which has materialised in 8 out of the last 9 meetings between these two. In the same period, there have been 4 goals or more in 6 out of the last 9 therefore it may be good value to back this market if you are looking for more value.

West Ham play host to champions Manchester City at the London Stadium with former City manager Manuel Pellegrini looking to get one over on his former employers. Both teams have strengthened their squads during the summer and there will be renewed optimism amongst the fans as they kick off the new season in East London.

West Ham will be hoping for more consistency this year having had some memorable performances last season but also failing to put together a consistent run for any period of time. Fans will be looking to their notable victories over Tottenham and Arsenal as well as the draw with European Champions Liverpool as proof that they can mix it with the big boys, but results will need to improve against teams around them in the middle of the table if the Hammers are to kick on and get a top half finish this year.

Pellegrini will be buoyed by the teams end of season form where they won their last three games games against Tottenham, Southampton and Watford away. The club record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45m will boost options up front as they hope the Frenchman can deliver a 20+ goal return for the Londoners, just as he did last season for the Germans.

Champions Manchester City have had a strong pre-season and started the season’s curtain-raiser against Liverpool with a victory in the Community Shield. Further investments over the summer have strengthened an already fearsome squad with Rodri and Joao Cancelo coming in for £63m and £60m respectively. Guardiola has wasted no time in identifying City’s weakness in their defensive midfield position and Rodri has been drafted in as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

It had been noticeable how much City struggled at times without the Brazilian in midfield and the top teams enjoyed success against City when the Brazilian was absent. But Rodri started well on his debut against Liverpool and the addition of Cancelo to boost their full-back options will ensure City start the campaigns as favourites for the title. One area of concern however will be how they cope without their former talisman and club captain Vincent Kompany who they looked to at times of difficulty. The experience of the Belgian and Fabian Delph who both left this summer will be a key test of City’s grit and resolve when there are difficult periods in the season.

In team news, Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals are expected to make their debuts for the Hammers on Saturday. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is also expected to overcome a groin injury with Jack Wilshere also vying for a spot in the opening fixture. West Ham will be without club captain Mark Noble who misses out with a dead leg.

Manchester City have been rocked by the news that Leroy Sane has sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury and faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines. Benjamin Mendy also looks unlikely to be fit for the start of the new campaign which means Zinchenko will most likely be the first choice left-back for City this season. The Champions will assess the fitness of Aymeric Laporte who should recover from a knock to at least make the matchday squad.

Punter's Pick

For this fixture, it is difficult to look beyond a City win and as a result there is very little value on an outright victory for the champions. They won both fixtures last year although the reverse fixture at the Etihad was a hard fought 1-0 victory, the summer break should mean that all CIty’s big guns are in top form right from the off for this fixture. Bet365 are offering odds of 4/9 for over 2.5 goals, a market which has materialised in 8 out of the last 9 meetings between these two. In the same period, there have been 4 goals or more in 6 out of the last 9 therefore it may be good value to back this market if you are looking for more value.

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