On Saturday West Ham United welcome Manchester City to the London Stadium who are seeking to become just the second non-London side to win 6 consecutive games in the capital, with Portsmouth back in December 1951 being the only other side. West Ham meanwhile, are hoping to win two back to back home games for the first time since December 2016.
The good news for the Hammers is that in form Bernardo Silva may miss out but the bad news is they can replace him with Leroy Sane, fresh from scoring on International duty with Germany. It is the other Silva who should garner attention as we are the Spaniard’s second favourite side to play against (after Newcastle) scoring 4 and assisting 4 goals in 11 appearances whilst facing the Irons.
Although West Ham has fared well against the bigger clubs this season, Man City are priced at 1.22, giving them an 82% implied probability of winning on Saturday.
With not too much value in backing the expected City win, we are looking elsewhere for our bets.
With Man City winning at half time and full time in 7 of their last 8 Premier League games, this means goals in both halves and that selection would have landed in both of these sides last 4 games in all competitions. You can get 4/9 of a goal in both halves at the London Stadium on Saturday.
42% of Man City’s attacks come down the left and if Sane does start, he will find himself lining up against Zabaleta. While the referee, Andre Marriner, is one of the more lenient in the league, our Argentinian right back could find himself going into his book if up against the youngster’s pace and at 5/2, it could be worth including in your thoughts on Saturday.
Lastly, while West Ham are a massive 12/1 to win, they will need to do it against the odds as City have yet to concede a goal from open play with John Stones in defence since he returned against Liverpool.
For the final bet we will head to Betvictor who allow you to bet on the Man of the Match according to whoscored.com which can be interesting as it is a stats-lead site, making it a stats-lead bet. As mentioned, David Silva has had joy against West Ham in the past and is currently Man City’s second highest rated player behind Sterling, while no odds are on the site yet, it is perhaps one to keep your eye on!