West Ham vs Manchester City Soccer Predictions and Betting : The premier league is at an interesting stage where the giants are failing to close games whereas the underdogs are pulling off upsets regularly.
Pep Guardiola's Man City is stuck in such a position and in desperate need to get into a winning zone before their chances declining after every week. They are set to face West Ham in an away game on Saturday which is a tricky one given that the opponent has played some quality football in the last 4 weeks.
Man City are coming off a win whereas West Ham forced an unlikely draw that has helped them stay in the top 10. The Saturday’s game is extremely important for both Man City to climb up whereas West Ham little to lose.
West Ham vs Manchester City Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
West Ham vs Manchester City Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
The West Ham United had a dismal 2019 season after a 16th place finish in the league that put the manager David Moyes under a lot of scanner. But it seemed like the side has learnt a lesson or two looking at how they have approached in the initial games. They didn’t have the best of the starts with defeats against the gunners and New Castle United.
From then on, they have lost just one game in five outings including three wins and a draw. Most importantly, they won against Leicester City and drew against Spurs which ensured that they stay in 8th position after 5 games.
Man City had a decent season in England with a 2nd place finish in 2019 but couldn’t win bring any laurels in the season. Even though they have all the bases covered in their side for this season, they have lacked that extra gear to dominate the opponent.
They started off their campaign with a win over Wolves but fell against Leicester City and allowed an equalizer against Leeds United that made their lives very difficult. But a win against Arsenal on Saturday came as a relief as they are currently in 10th place after playing 4 games. They have scored 12 goals in the last six games accounting to 2 goals per game.
Manchester City vs West Ham Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
West Ham: 7
Man City: 27
Last 5 matches: Man City – 5, West Ham – 0.
Recent Meeting: Man City beat West Ham 2-0 in a premier league fixture on 19th February 2020 at the Etihad stadium.
West Ham vs Manchester City Soccer Predictions and Betting : News Buzz
West Ham vs Manchester City Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The Manchester City attack looks quite lethal with Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Torres in the line-up. Riyad Mahrez looks lighter now with the return of their no.1 player Sergio Aguero.
Mahrez has 3 goals and an assist in 9 appearances and has 84% passing rate. He also created 2 key passes and is a good dribbler with 2.3 dribbles per game.
Raheem Sterling has also been a prime player for them who has a fine finishing touch and provides a lot of crucial passes. He has netted on 6 occasions along with an assist in 8 outings so far. He has so far provided with 2.5 shots on target, 1.5 key passes and 3.2 dribbles per match.
The forward will be assisted by one of the best midfielders Kevin De Bruyne who takes the attack to the opposition.
Looking at West Ham’s attack, it seems that Michail Antonio has a huge task in hand as a striker. He has scored only 2 goals in the last 5 games and has 67.9% success in passes along with 2.6 dribbles and 1.2 key passes every game so far. Despite having an average of 3.4 shots per game, he hasn’t been able to convert them.
He will have to be backed up by the likes of Lanzini and Pablo Fornals who haven’t yet found their form for the team.
Fornals has been proactive in the middle with a goal and 2 assists in 5 games but will have to step up in the big games. Manuel Lanzini scored a last-minute screamer that completed West Ham’s comeback against Spurs during the weekend. He has 3 goals and 75% along with 1 shot on target in the recent games.
The backline of Ogbonna, Cresswell and Balbuena will have to throw in a formidable challenge against Man City.
Center back Angelo Ogbonna has 81.7% pass success along with 4.4 clears per match which might turn out to be significant in the coming match. Ogbonna’s strength lies in blocking along with winning the aerial duels with an average of 2.4 aerials won per game.
Aaron Cresswell is a versatile player for the team who not only defends but creates chances. He has 3 assists in 6 games at 82.8% pass accuracy along with 1.4 tackles and 3.8 clears in the recent past. Fabin Balbuena is an asset to the team with his intercepting skills and scored an all- important goal against Spurs. This match will be a test of West Ham’s defense against an impeccable attack of the City.
The Man City defense would be pushing themselves to have a clean sheet against the underdogs on Saturday. Kyle Walker will be a key defender in stopping the West Ham attack in the absence of Laporte and Mindy. He is an excellent passer and a set piece threat who has 90.8% pass success along with 0.9 tackle, 1 interception and 1.7 clears in two outings.
Ruben Dias is a quality defender who controls the possession and gives some amazing crosses. He has so far provided with 1.1 tackles, 3.9 clears and 0.3 blocks in addition to 91.2% passing rate.
The duo Nathan Ake and Rodri will have to support the above in guarding the post. Overall, the Man City looks settled to beat West Ham on Saturday.
Manchester City vs West Ham Soccer Predictions and Betting Tip
The match between West Ham and Manchester City is scheduled be held on 24th October in the London stadium at 1.30 pm local time. Even though the previous record suggests an easy win for City, it is wrong to underestimate a team like West Ham.
The betting platforms have strongly backed Man City to score 3 points on Saturday with high odds stacked against the hosts.
As per Bet365, the betting odds for Man City stands at 1.36 and for West Ham the odds stands at 7.5.