James CookeWest Ham vs Manchester City, Saturday August 10th, 12:30, London Stadium. The Premier League season gets underway this weekend with champions Manchester City traveling down to East London to face off against former manager Manuel Pellegrini and his new look and exciting West Ham side.
The Premier League season gets underway this weekend with champions Manchester City traveling down to East London to face off against former manager Manuel Pellegrini and his new look and exciting West Ham side.
On paper you’d expect Man City to win this one but given that West Ham have a few new players to bed in, it could either be a romping Hammers victory or a bit of a teething process for the London club against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Going up against the champions means that West Ham will be underdogs for this game, although the players and the fans will have expected that.
City aim to get off to a flyer in their defence of their Premier League crown and bid to be only the second club in the Premier League era to go back-to-back-to-back in title defences, matching the Manchester United team from 1998 to 2001 and Man United from 2007 to 2009.
West Ham actually faced Man City in a pre season game in the Premier League Asia Trophy competition, falling to a defeat before City eventually lost to Wolves on penalties in the final.
City will be on a higher after beating Liverpool on penalties to win the Community Shield this past weekend and will look to get any sort of advantage they can over their Merseyside rivals in the title race.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be a big a margin as many think. A 3-0 triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side would appear a likely outcome from their opening Premier League fixture.
City are overwhelming favourites for this clash so an away win carries very little risk while it is also highly likely that they’ll manage to keep West Ham’s new look attack out. West Ham will be intent on giving their home fans a glimpse of what may come in the future, but a City win is still in order, with this is among the best online betting odds for this round of action. 888sport have it as 7/1 when combined with the correct score of 3-0.
These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, simply because both sets of players may take a while to get into the swing of the action. Home advantage should significantly shift the momentum in this game and the scoreline being level at the break before City go up another level and pull away in the second half is a likely outcome, rated at 10/3 by 888sport.
Head to Head
These two sides have played 110 times with Man City winning 56 times, a draw being played out 17 times and West Ham winning 37 times.
Man City won the first ever game between these two sides back in 1924 with a 2-1 win in the Old First Division, before winning all three games between the two in that season.
West Ham’s first win came a year later when they won 4-0, which was the highest margin of victory before West Ham eventually won 6-1 in 1962 and again in 1963 with Geoff Hurst scoring three goals across both games.
The last time West Ham managed to win two games in a row against City was in 2006 when they won 2-1 at the City of Manchester Stadium in the FA Cup and later in the year in the league when they won at Upton Park, with Dean Ashton and Shaun Newton scoring their goals in those games.
City have been lights out against West Ham in recent seasons, being unbeaten against them in four years and winning their last eight against them in all competitions.
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