West Ham v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 25, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
Newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City head to the London Stadium to play a West Ham team still looking to secure their top flight status. It’s a tough run-in for the Hammers, and it doesn’t get any tougher than Pep Guardiola’s side.
City have won their last four games against West Ham, including two big victories at the London Stadium last season. The Blues knocked the Irons out of the FA Cup courtesy of a 5-0 drubbing, then beat them 4-0 in the Premier League less than a month later for good measure. West Ham have won two of the last eight meetings between the sides.
Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid and Sam Byram have all been ruled out for the rest of the season. Hammers boss David Moyes could welcome back James Collins though, with the defender approaching full fitness after a hamstring strain.
Benjamin Mendy returned from his long-term knee injury last weekend, meaning Sergio Aguero and John Stones are the only absentees for the visitors. Fernandinho is available again after missing the last two games through suspension.
West Ham v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
With a six-point lead over 18th-placed Southampton and just four games left to play, it’d take some turnaround for West Ham to go down now. It’s a horrible end to the season though for Moyes’ side, and it’s hard to see anything but another three points for Manchester City on Sunday.
After going to Stamford Bridge and the Emirates in two of their last three games, West Ham now face the champions before a trip to Leicester next weekend. Finishing off their campaign with home games against Manchester United and Everton, survival could easily go down to the wire for the Hammers, who drew their last home game against Stoke.
West Ham are 11/1 for the victory in this one, which would surely be enough to stave off the threat of relegation. That’s a very tall order against a rampant City side though, who have recovered well from their setbacks against United and Liverpool to smash eight goals past Tottenham and Swansea in their last two games.
A draw could be the most realistic result the home supporters can hope for, and that’s priced at 5/1 in the betting. However, with City looking to break the Premier League points record, the away win at 4/11 looks like a much safer bet.
City to win and both teams to score at 2/1
The Blues have won 13 of the last 18 meetings between the sides, and this bet would’ve paid out in eight of those games. It looks a good way to improve your odds on the away win.
2-2 draw at 20/1
If you fancy West Ham to get something from the game though, it’s unlikely to be a dull affair. This is a decent price for a repeat of the scoreline in the last draw between the sides, which was in January 2016.