Kick-off: 1330, 17/07/2019
Stadium: Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
TV: Sky Sports
West Ham have lost their last seven encounters with Manchester City but may never get a better chance to buck that trend than in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The Blues were two days late in flying out to China, due to an administrative issue, and will have little time to acclimatise to the heat and humidity after their 5,600-mile journey.
With jetlag a genuine concern, 13/2 for the Hammers to prevail is a value Man City vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Of course, City still can’t be opposed lightly following last season’s historic domestic treble, which was wrapped up with a 6-0 thrashing of Watford in the FA Cup final.
Pep Guardiola’s relentless side had previously edged out Chelsea in the EFL Cup final and finished their Premier League campaign with 14 straight wins to pip Liverpool to the title.
However, Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations commitments have left the Blues down to the bare bones when it comes to senior players for this tournament.
Guardiola does still have 11 regular first-team squad members, plus goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and new signing Rodri, but they will surely have to be mixed in with a decent number of juniors over two games in three days.
Looking at the Man City vs West Ham odds, there is also plenty of appeal in 12/5 for the Hammers to avoid defeat in normal time in Nanjing.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham finished last season strongly to sneak into the top half of the table, with a 4-1 win at Watford on the closing day completing a hat-trick of victories.
United had previously won 1-0 at Tottenham and beat Southampton 3-0 on home turf, so they went into the summer break with spirits high.
The Hammers have since been rocked by Marko Arnautovic’s move to China, while new signing Pablo Fornals will sit out this competition, alongside Arthur Masuaku and Fabian Balbuena.
However, Mark Noble will captain a pretty strong 23-man squad, which also features the likes of Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez.
Noble said: “It was a long journey, but now we’re here, it’s exciting and we’re looking forward to it.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini and veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta will be keen to put one over their former club and avoid any psychological damage ahead of hosting City in this season’s Premier League opener.
Let’s finish off our Man City vs West Ham betting tips with a speculative punt on the Hammers to win and both teams to score at 25/2.
MAN CITY 6-0 Watford – David Silva, Gabriel Jesus (2), Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling (2)
Watford 1-4 WEST HAM – Mark Noble (2), Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic
Head-to-head: 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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