Liverpool’s hopes of a first league title since Sir Alex Ferguson knocked them off their proverbial perch hangs by the slenderest of claret and blue threads.
The Hammers must land gargantuan 27/2 odds in beating Manchester City at the Etihad if a 17/100-rated victory over Newcastle is to be enough for Brendan Rodgers’ men to win the Premier League.
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Here’s our quintet of reasons the Hammers can make a mockery of the 6-0 Capital One Cup thrashing they sustained at the Etihad earlier this term.
No team has afforded Andy Carroll more career strikes than Man City.
There won’t be many scousers that don’t feel like the Geordie beanpole owes them a goal or two after his barren spell on Merseyside.
Luckily he has a happy knack of notching against the Citizens having struck five times in 13 outings against them, including last year’s Etihad road trip.
West Ham have lost their last day fixture just once in the past 12 seasons.
Not in the habit of going quietly to their luxury yachts and La Manga golf courses these Hammers, besting goliaths such as Manchester United along the way in compiling a rock steady game-38 record.
City suffered final curtain freakouts in three of the previous four campaigns.
Their ultimately successful QPR wobbly is well-known, but lowly Norwich inflicted a 2-3 defeat on the hosts last term, while West Ham themselves held the Sky Blues to a draw in 2009/10.
The Irons last two Etihad league trips have seen them bested by a single goal.
West Ham can be backed for a victory at 17/10 with a two-goal advantage, a bet that would have obliged on their previous two visits.
Manuel Pellegrini’s defence has been breached in four of his side’s last six home games.
The Citizens may have the division’s third-best home defence, but it’s loosened up of late shipping twice to Sunderland and once to West Brom.
Meanwhile, having been the top tier’s most timid away scorers last term, West Ham have outgunned their 2012/13 total by five goals with one game to go this time around.