Manchester City v West Ham United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 25, 2019
Etihad Stadium - Premier League
With the season’s first piece of silverware safely locked up in their trophy cabinet, Manchester City are back in Premier League action against West Ham on Wednesday. The focus returns to successfully defending the league title, as they did their Carabao Cup crown at the weekend.
City are looking for their seventh straight victory over West Ham in this game. The Blues have outscored the Hammers by 22 goals to three in that run, with West Ham’s last victory over the Citizens coming in September 2015 at the Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus missed Sunday’s final with a hamstring injury that’s set to keep him out here too. Defenders John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy are all set to miss out, along with defensive shield Fernandinho. Another defensively-minded player, Fabian Delph, is also out.
Former City boss Manuel Pellegrini is sure to get a great reception as he heads back to the Etihad for the first time. He won’t be able to call on the services of a number of long-term injury absentees though, including Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid. Ex-City player Samir Nasri is fit again though and likely to start.
Manchester City v West Ham United Preview and Predictions
City may have their injury problems at the back, but they have the firepower to obliterate any team in the Premier League. Indeed, the Blues have scored four or more goals in four of their last five games against their opponents on Wednesday, West Ham.
Pep Guardiola’s side needed penalties to see off Chelsea’s challenge at the weekend, but City fans can start dreaming about a potential quadruple. Their title defence was given a boost as neighbours Manchester United held Liverpool to a draw just before the Carabao Cup final, and City aren’t likely to make any mistakes here.
The Blues are right back at the top of their game after a little dip, and they look hungry and ready for the challenge of competing for four trophies. Including their shootout victory over Chelsea, they’ve won 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions, and they’re 1/6 to improve that record even further on Wednesday.
West Ham meanwhile ended their five-match winless run on Friday night, as they saw off struggling Fulham 3-1 at the London Stadium. There doesn’t appear to be much hope for them in this one though, with the bookmakers offering as much as 20/1 on the away win. A draw would be an excellent result for the Hammers, and that’s priced at 8/1.
City to win to nil at evens
The Blues have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 matches, conceding only once at home in that spell, against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero to score first at 11/4
The Argentine is set to start with Jesus an injury doubt, and he’s been on fire in recent weeks with 10 goals in his last eight games.