West Ham United vs Manchester City Prediction, Odds, Picks

  • Manchester City can move six points clear at the top of the Premier League
  • West Ham United will want to go out on a high in front of their own fans
  • Manchester City have a steely focus right now which should bring them victory

West Ham vs Manchester City Odds

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Match Result and Both Teams to Score Odds
West Ham United +1200
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Draw +500
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Manchester City +175
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West Ham United vs Manchester City Pick

City will be playing with a weakened defense but should still get the job done.

Back Manchester City to win and both teams to score (+175)

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West Ham United vs Manchester City Prediction

City Have Bit Between Teeth as They Seek Another Crown

Manchester City are almost there. Wednesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers saw the champions reopen a three-point lead at the summit of the standings. With Liverpool in FA Cup action this weekend – they face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Saturday – City have the opportunity to move six points ahead of their rivals for the Premier League title.

That would be significant: the Reds only have two games left to play, so City could afford to draw with Aston Villa on the final day if they are triumphant at the London Stadium.

There was concern among some City supporters that the manner of their elimination from the Champions League could have an adverse effect on their title tilt. It was not that Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked out by Real Madrid in the semi-finals; it was the fact City were set to through until second-half stoppage time in the second leg, when a brace from Rodrygo turned the tie on its head.

Yet those fears have not come to pass. City bounced back from their Spanish sorrow by demolishing Newcastle 5-0 last weekend. They then proceeded to score another five at Molineux, leaving them with a seven-goal difference advantage over Liverpool that could prove pivotal if the two teams finish level on points. Kevin De Bruyne, scorer of four goals against Wolves, was the star of the show, but City’s all-round performance was fantastic given the circumstances.

City’s failure to win the Champions League throughout Guardiola’s tenure to date is patently a shortcoming. But their dominance of the Premier League is seriously impressive: this would be their fourth title in the last five years. Granted, City have spent a huge amount of money to get here, but that is no guarantee of success – just ask Manchester United. In the Premier League at least, Manchester City remains the team to beat.

West Ham Still in the Hunt for European Soccer for Next Term

The cliché states that there are no easy games in the Premier League, but that is not quite true – at least not for Manchester City and Liverpool, who routinely rack up 90-plus points these days.

West Ham away is one of those matches that does fall into the ‘potential banana skin’ category, though. City lost a League Cup tie at the London Stadium in October. West Ham have also beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in front of their own fans this term. They are a tough nut to crack in east London.

The Hammers will be keen to end the season on a high. This has been another excellent campaign for the club. They reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and are on course for another top-seven finish domestically. This will be their last home game until August and both players and fans will want to sign off on a high.

More importantly, West Ham can still qualify for next season’s edition of the Europa League – and their adventure this term will only have whetted their appetite. A win here would move David Moyes’ men ahead of Manchester United on goal difference and into sixth place, the final qualification spot. West Ham are certainly not on the beach yet.

Manchester City Have the Quality and the Nerve to Triumph

One other factor that could work in West Ham’s favor is their opponents’ lack of center-halves. John Stones and Ruben Dias are out injured. Aymeric Laporte joined them in the treatment room on Wednesday.

Even Fernandinho, Guardiola’s go-to stand-in, will not be fit on Sunday. We are likely to see Nathan Ake partner Rodri in the heart of the backline at the London Stadium. West Ham are a physical side and they will back themselves to cause City’s makeshift defense problems, especially if Michail Antonio is available.

The problem is, they might not get enough of the ball to do real damage to City. The champions will protect their backline by controlling possession. And even if a clean sheet is beyond them, City have the firepower to emerge victorious anyway.

That patched-up defense certainly gives West Ham hope, but whether it will be enough to deny City victory is another matter entirely. Guardiola’s side have been virtually flawless in their last two Premier League games. There does not appear to be any sign of the league leaders losing their nerve. West Ham are a good side, but City are on another level entirely. Back an away win and both teams to score at the London Stadium on Sunday.

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How to Watch West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham vs Manchester City Information
Teams West Ham United vs Manchester City
Location London Stadium, London, England
Time Sunday, 15 May 2022, 9.00 AM EDT
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