Kick-off: 1930, 19/02/2020
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
All eyes will be on how Manchester City respond to last week’s two-year Champions League ban when they host West Ham in the Premier League.
We reckon Pep Guardiola and his players will be keen to make a statement of intent and fear the Hammers could feel the backlash at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues have won eight straight head-to-head meetings with United by an aggregate score of 28-3, including August’s 5-0 romp at London Stadium.
That all makes 9/10 for a home win by more than two clear goals stand out for our opening Man City vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City lost for the sixth time in this competition when going down 2-0 at Tottenham last time out and are 25 points behind champions-elect Liverpool.
However, they still had 67 per cent of possession against Spurs, plus 19 attempts on goal, compared to just three for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Wasting a number of glorious chances came back to haunt the Blues after Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off and then Steven Bergwijn’s superb strike was followed up by a Son Heung-min goal.
“We played well, but lost the game,” moaned Guardiola. “A few times this season it has happened.”
The future of Guardiola and some star players has come under scrutiny since news of the UEFA ban broke, but the club has vowed to appeal and nothing will change this term.
Sergio Aguero has scored 10 times in 14 appearances against the Hammers, but 9/5 for him to net first is a bit short for us from the Man City vs West Ham odds.
Riyad Mahrez is under pressure to make more of his extra game-time while Raheem Sterling is sidelined and 4/1 for him to break the deadlock is better value.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Otamendi, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham go into this match in the relegation zone and facing a real battle to stay in the top flight, with a trip to Liverpool next up on Monday night.
David Moyes will have been eyeing a much-needed boost when his side led Brighton 3-1, thanks to Issa Diop’s opener and a Robert Snodgrass double.
However, the Seagulls struck twice in the final 15 minutes to make it 3-3 and leave United without a win in five Premier League fixtures.
Moyes has since brought in former club captain Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin to help with coaching duties, stating: “Both have a wealth of experience in the game.
“I’m sure they will make a very positive contribution between now and the end of the season.”
Even so, the outlook still seems gloomy for the Hammers ahead of a tough run of games which sees them also face Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea over the next six weeks.
The latter stages of this clash could prove especially tough for the visitors, as City have scored a division-high 15 times between 75:01 minutes and full-time this term.
United are 0-5 in that period away from home, so 9/10 for the Blues to ‘win’ that closing section is added to our Man City vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Snodgrass, Noble, Soucek, Antonio, Rice, Haller.
Tottenham 2-0 MAN CITY
WEST HAM 3-3 Brighton – Issa Diop, Robert Snodgrass (2)
Head-to-head: West Ham 0-5 Man City, Man City 1-0 West Ham, West Ham 0-4 Man City, West Ham 1-4 Man City, Man City 2-1 West Ham
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