Kick-off: 1230, 10/08/2019
Stadium: London Stadium
TV: BT Sport
West Ham have lost their last seven encounters with Manchester City by an aggregate score of 24-3 but should be fired up for this season’s Premier League opener.
Ending that sequence of defeats will be difficult, but it will be disappointing if the Hammers do not make their presence felt on home turf.
We like 33/20 for an away win and both teams to score for our initial West Ham vs Man City prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
Manuel Pellegrini had a mixed first season at London Stadium but will have been buoyed by a strong finish, which saw United sneak into the top half of the table.
West Ham closed with a trio of Premier League victories, beating Southampton 3-0 at this venue in between a 1-0 win at Tottenham and a 4-1 success at Watford.
Felipe Anderson showed flashes of brilliance following a £40million switch from Lazio and the Hammers have continued to be bold in the transfer market.
Spain forward Pablo Fornals has come in from Villarreal for £24m and impressed at the Under-21 European Championships.
French striker Sebastien Haller then arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt in a club-record deal which could rise up to £45m.
Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez Gago has come in from Espanyol to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski, along with former Millwall shot-stopper David Martin, son of Hammers old boy Alvin.
Keeping hold of Declan Rice was a boost and the midfielder told BBC Radio: “We have to be aiming for Europe with the squad we have now.”
Losing Marko Arnautovic to China was a blow, but Pellegrini still has plenty of attacking options at his disposal.
Looking at the West Ham vs Man City odds, we think 333/100 for both teams to score in the first half is fair value, as happened when they met in China for the Asia Trophy.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City’s confidence should be sky high as they seek to build on a couple of outstanding campaigns under Pep Guardiola.
After winning the Premier League title by 19 points two seasons ago, the Blues were relentless in claiming an unprecedented domestic treble last term.
The departure of inspirational club captain Vincent Kompany left a huge void to fill, but the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne can keep their younger team-mates on track.
New record signing Rodri, a £62m recruit from Atletico Madrid, can help share the workload with Fernandinho in midfield and he made a good impression against Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley.
“He did really well, he’s a perfect fit for us,” beamed De Bruyne. “I think he’s the perfect DM for the way we want to play.
“I think the way he’s performed in pre-season and in training has been phenomenal. To be the new guy and still be on this level is a good sign.”
The goals should again flow going forward, as Aguero hit 21 in this competition last season and Raheem Sterling added 17, with the England star becoming more and more influential.
Riyad Mahrez had a quiet first campaign with the club but it would be no surprise to see him step up on that after starring in Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
Let’s finish off our West Ham vs Man City betting tips by taking 14/5 for the champions to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 in the multiple correct score market.
Watford 1-4 WEST HAM – Mark Noble (2), Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic
MAN CITY 1-1 Liverpool (5-4 on pens) – Raheem Sterling
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, West Ham 0-4 Man City, West Ham 0-5 Man City
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