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Manchester City vs West Ham United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Manchester City vs West Ham United odds and betting statistics

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Manchester City vs West Ham United match preview

Will Manchester City’s imperious winning streak continue?

On Sunday, the Citizens battled to a 2-1 victory over Fulham, thanks to Erling Braut Håland’s early penalty at Craven Cottage, followed by Julián Álvarez’s long-range screamer.

Having also demolished then leaders Arsenal 4-1 last mid-week, Pep Guardiola’s team have now won eight consecutive Premier League outings, scoring 24 goals in these matches.

In this period, the Sky Blues have also reached the FA Cup Final, where Man United await, and the Champions League semi-finals, set to face Real Madrid at the Bernabéu in just six nights time.

So, the treble is well within Man City’s grasp, with another home win seemingly a formality.

West Ham United though still have plenty to play for in, what could yet be, their best season for a generation.

Tomáš Souček, Michail Antonio and Nayef Aguerd all bundled home set-pieces at Selhurst, but the game was far less even than that scoreline would first suggest.

This leaves David Moyes’ men 15th, four points clear of the bottom three, probably needing another win to secure survival.

Like their hosts though, West Ham are still dreaming of European success, set to meet AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League semis next Thursday.

Given that the Irons haven’t captured European silverware since 1965, or any trophy since 1980 for that matter, glory in that tournament would be historic for the club.

Before then, the Hammers make a trip to their least-favourite hunting ground, having lost 16 of their last 18 outings at the Etihad, conceding 39 goals, their sole victory in the last two decades coming in 2015.

An emphatic home victory seems a formality.

Manchester City team news

Erling Braut Håland took his tally to 50 goals across all competition this season on Sunday, the first player to achieve this in an English top-flight season since Pongo Waring of Aston Villa in 1931.

The all-time record is 63, set by Everton’s Dixie Dean in 1928, and Håland will surely break that, given that he’s got either nine or ten games remaining.

Nathan Aké is Man City’s sole injury concern, so Manuel Akanji will continue, nominally, as a left-back, with Kyle Walker on the other side.

Kevin De Bruyne sat out the weekend win at Fulham due to illness, while Riyāḍ Maḥrez and Bernardo Silva keep being rotated for one-another, meaning it’s the latter’s turn to start.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Akanji; Rodri, Gündoğan, Silva, Álvarez, Grealish; Håland.

West Ham United team news

Kurt Zouma suffered damaged ankle ligaments on Saturday, meaning his participation in the remainder of the season is in doubt.

So, Angelo Ogbonna will come into start at centre-back, while David Moyes could also recall Thilo Kehrer, as he’s likely to switch to a back five for this daunting task.

Regardless of system, Lucas Paquetá, Tomáš Souček and Declan Rice will be the midfield trio, prepared to cover plenty of ground.

Michail Antonio came off the bench when West Ham last won at the Etihad in September 2015; he, Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are the only players involved that day who are still in the squad.

Predicted XI (5-3-2): Fabiański; Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Ogbonna, Emerson; Rice, Souček, Paquetá; Bowen, Antonio.

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