West Ham v Man City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 10/08/19
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews West Ham v Manchester City and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s premier league clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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West Ham vs Manchester City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/08/19
- Time: 12:30pm
- Venue: Olympic Stadium
- Channel: SkySports Football
Champions Manchester kick off their new campaign at their happy hunting ground that is the Olympic Stadium. Pep Guardiola hasn’t been overly frivolous in the transfer market but bringing in Rodri from Atletico Madrid is a very clever signing. In him they have a long term replacement for Fernandinho, he has size, strong ball retention and the ability to control the game which makes Man City even more frightening for opposition.
They have lost captain and talisman Vincent Kompany who’s back in Belgium with Anderlecht, Aymeric Laporte was superb last season but isn’t 100% going to play in this one. If there’s anywhere they could do with strengthening it is at the back. Joao Cancelo will add width and another attacking threat from wing back but his defensive capabilities are questionable.
West Ham have done well to hold onto Issa Diop and Declan Rice this window, both were impressive last season and will get better with age. Manuel Pellegrini has brought in Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller to add to their already strong array of attackers.
I think Haller will be well suited to the premier league. His height means he can hold it up and bring them attacking midfielders into play, he’s also got a decent scoring record for a player of his type. Fornals will add class to that midfield, I was surprised no premier league teams came in for him when he had a low release clause at Malaga but he’s proven himself at Villarreal and will be eager to make an impression.
The odds are against them here and they’ve been unfortunate when it comes to opening games playing plenty of the top 6 in the last few seasons. Some are fancying them to trouble the European places this season but with the strength of the league always improving it will be a tough task.
Mark Noble is out for the Hammers.
Man City are without Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy. Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte are both doubts.
Potential West Ham Starting XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Dion, Cresswell, Rice, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson, Antonio, Haller.
Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, B Silva, Aguero.
Key Stats & Facts
- Man City have won their last 14 premier league games.
- Man City have won their last 9 games against the Hammers, all 9 games saw over 2.5 goals.
- Man City have scored 3 or more in their last 5 games away at West Ham.
- West Ham have scored 2 or more in 5 of their last 6 games and have made further attacking signings this summer.
- West Ham – 12/1
- Draw – 6/1
- Man City – 1/4
The historic stats are in favour of Man City, West Ham are one of their favourite opponents. But with the guests priced up as best 1/4 we have to look elsewhere for value and theirs two angles that take my fancy.
The 7/4 on them to win but concede looks worth a punt and I’ll have a 1 point stake on that. West Ham have an exciting front 4 and can cause problems I feel. Sebastian Haller is an excellent target man and he will hold it up and allow others to join him when they get the chance to attack. With Laporte a doubt for City I do think their defence looks quite weak all across the back and with the Hammers at home they’ll try do something going forward but City are frightening at the top of the pitch and have so many potential goalscorers against an unconvincing defence.
I’ll also have a 2 point play on a BetBuilder which is ‘over 1 goal, over 7 corners, over 2 cards’ which combines to bring about a 21/20 quote. There should be goals as I’ve mentioned and only 2 isn’t much to ask for, Mike Dean has the whistle in this and he is the most card happy ref in the league. Man City are the corner kings too and with how many shots they get off I wouldn’t be surprised if they managed 8 corners on their own.