West Ham United welcome English Premier League title favourites Manchester City to the London Stadium on Sunday, with the hosts desperately trying to arrest a late season slump.
The Hammers spent much of this campaign pushing for a top-four finish, but their form has deserted them this spring, with David Moyes’ side knocked out of the Europa League and sliding down the Premier League ladder. They know time is running out, but their chance of finishing in the top six isn’t over yet.
Manchester City arrive in London knowing all about the recent struggles of their opponents but understanding this is a potential banana skin. Lose here, and it would seriously damage their chances of winning two in a row.
West Ham vs. Manchester City Betting Odds and Matchup Information
- West Ham United hammered Norwich City 4-0 in their last league outing, but that was their only win in five.
- Manchester City enter the weekend on top of the Premier League, but the champions know there’s no room for error with Liverpool challenging.
- This season, the Hammers and the Cityzens have met twice, ending goalless in the EFL Cup with Man City winning 2-1 in the Premier League.
- Venue & Location: London Stadium (London, England)
- Kick-Off Time: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. local time)
- How to Watch West Ham vs. Manchester City in the U.S.: USA Network
West Ham vs. Manchester City Betting Odds
Odds are via Caesars Sportsbook.
- West Ham to win +700
- Draw +410
- Manchester City to win -270
- Over 3.5 goals (+130)
- Under 3.5 goals (-160)
Hammers lose their form
It has been a fantastic season for everyone at West Ham, with the club punching above their weight as they fought for a top-four finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League. They also made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League before running into Eintracht Frankfurt.
Their league form has taken a dip as we approach the finish line with one win, three defeats and a draw in their last five starts threatening to undo all their good work. A top-four finish was once possible; Moyes and his men are now fighting to remain in the top six.
Their recent form shows the Londoners have played three times this month, losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal in a derby. They were knocked out of the Europa League after a 1-0 defeat in Germany before hammering lowly Norwich 4-0 on Sunday.
Will Antonio strike against City again?
West Ham’s Michail Antonio famously scored against Man City when these sides met late last year, finding the net with 90 minutes on the clock.
Antonio, who has 12 goals this season, was also on target in that 4-0 win over Norwich and looks worth a bet to find the net again here. If you expect West Ham to give Man City problems, back Antonio to score at any time during the match, and he’s likely to give you a run for your money.
West Ham vs. Manchester City Betting Tip – Michail Antonio to score anytime (+375 at Caesars Sportsbook)
Man City must win
With Man City out of the Champions League – eliminated by Real Madrid – and no part to play in this weekend’s FA Cup final, defending their EPL title becomes Pep Guardiola’s main priority. The team in sky blue understand every match between now and the finish line is a must-win.
Liverpool are hot on the heels of the leaders and have been for most of 2022, but they play Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday. That gives City the chance to put some breathing space between them and their only rivals for the title.
The visitors arrive on a good run of form after putting five past Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium last week and scored three at Elland Road against Leeds United in the game before.
Fernandinho a great price to grab a goal
Fernandinho will catch the eye if you are looking for an anytime goalscorer bet, and he’s available at a great price. He’s scored only two this season, but one was against the Hammers and the other was in a win over Leeds two weeks ago. He is +700 to find the back of the net in this fixture.
If you prefer to have your cash on a more prolific scorer, Riyad Mahrez is Man City’s leading marksman with 24 goals in 44 games.
He’s always a worry for opposition defenders and will be difficult to ignore if you are looking to make bets on who will score first or at any point in the match. Mahrez is +500 to score first and +150 to score anytime.
Head-to-Head Stats & Trends for West Ham vs. Manchester City
These sides have met many times over the past few seasons, with this being their fifth game in the last two years. Man City are unbeaten in that period but haven’t been anywhere near as dominant as you would expect from a champion.
The last four games have produced two wins for Man City and a pair of draws but what caught our eye was both wins came courtesy of a 2-1 scoreline.
Followers of the form may find value in backing another 2-1 win for the league leaders, which comes out at +800 when betting with Caesars Sportsbook.
With that scoreline in mind, we also see a lot of value in backing City to win and both teams to score, and that is the outcome you should zero in on for this matchup.
West Ham vs. Manchester City Betting Tip – Manchester City to win and both teams to score (+170 at Caesars Sportsbook)
Luckless since 2015
It’s easy to get caught up in the big price trading about a win for West Ham United on their patch but remember; they have lost three of their last four. They also haven’t beaten Man City in any competition since 2015, a run of 14 games.
With that in mind it makes sense to see West Ham at such big odds, but we wouldn’t be in a rush to take a chance on an out for form team on the slide.
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