West Ham vs Manchester City Betting Tips
After a hectic run of Premier League fixtures West Ham and Manchester City turn their attention to the FA Cup as the teams are set to lock horns in a FA Cup third round encounter at London Stadium on Friday night. The Hammers lost their winning momentum during the jam packed festive period when they lost back to back games against Leicester(0-1) and Manchester United(0-2). Slaven Bilic’s men had to play with 10 men for 75 minutes in their 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Monday. Sofiane Fehgouli was harshly shown a straight red by match official Mark Dean for his challenge on Phil Jones. Feghoulli, however, will be eligible to play against Manchester City on Friday as he had his suspension rescinded by the FA on Wednesday. Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata made combined impact to break the Hammers’ resistance in the second half as the youngster brilliantly evaded a number of challenges before cutting back the ball to Mata. The Spaniard made no mistake to hit the target before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a controversial second to see off the Hammers.
Manchester City were also reduced to 10 men as Fernandinho was shown a straight red for his reckless challenge on Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson on Tuesday’s Premier League match. The Citizens seemed lifeless on the pitch against a Burnley side who have picked up only one point away from home the entire season. Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero got their names on the score-sheet after the interval to put City in the driver’s seat before Ben Mee put the pressure back on the hosts by pulling a goal back. But, Guardiola’s side managed to hold on to their lead in the rest of the time and cut their gap with league toppers Chelsea to seven points.
The teams have already met this season in the Premier League and Manchester City had surged to a 3-1 victory in that match, maintaining a 100% winning record at the start of the season. But this time, the teams will meet in a different circumstance. Manchester City have lost the triumphant mentality we had observed at the start of the season and have been struggling of late to maintain a place in the top four. The lack of discipline is imminent within the team and their backline have also performed below par. West Ham have also failed to live up to expectation this season and are currently on the bottom half of the table. They are short of options ahead of the match due to injuries and tiredness of playing three matches in six days time. But the hosts will be inspired by the fact that they were unbeaten in Manchester City’s last two visits to West Ham. Manchester City have kept only two cleansheets in their last 15 away matches but they have also scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against West Ham. We are expecting both sides to score and West Ham to win at home against Manchester City.
- Manchester City(4th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
2-1(Home, Burnley)0-1(Away, Liverpool)3-0(Away, Hull)2-1(Home, Arsenal)2-0(Home, Watford)
- West Ham United(13th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
0-2(Home, Manchester United)0-1(Away, Leicester)4-1(Away, Swansea)1-0(Home, Hull)1-0(Home, Burnley)
HEAD TO HEAD
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28 August, 2016
Manchester City 3-West Ham 1