West Ham v Manchester City betting tips – Upton Park upset for City
Can City maintain the pressure on league leaders Leicester City and Arsenal?
January 21st, 2016
The 4-0 hammering of Crystal Palace at the weekend was clearly a great result for Manchester City and it lifted them to just a single point adrift of joint leaders Arsenal and Leicester City, after the table-toppers were held to draws against Stoke City and struggling Aston Villa respectively.
As such, a second successive victory this weekend at Upton Park would be a massive boost to City’s title aspirations and could lift them into top spot, depending on other results of course. Indeed, an away win for the Citizens wouldn’t be a shock by any means, although we don’t believe that things will be straightforward for the visiting team this weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have failed to manage back-to-back victories since October and they have been far from their best away from home this season with a mere four wins from their ten matches on the road. They also suffered a large setback in their Premier League title hopes when they suffered a home defeat to West Ham earlier in the season and it is a surprise to seem them as odds-on favourites to clinch the points on Saturday at odds of 8/11 with BetVictor.
We’ll be avoiding City on this occasion, given that the Hammers are on decent form at the moment, aside from their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United last weekend. West Ham had triumphed in their previous four outings and are enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run at home, therefore West Ham-Draw looks good value at 5/4 with Boylesports on the Double Chance market.
We’ll also be backing Under 2.5 goals at odds of 23/20 with Winner, given that City aren’t at their best in attack away from the Etihad with 33 of their 43 goals being at home. West Ham have been solid at the back with five clean sheets in their nine outings prior to the Newcastle defeat, while City have conceded just nine times on the road this term. All of this points very much towards a low goal count and we don’t envisage the back of either net bulging too often on Saturday.