Man City vs West Ham: Preview, Betting tips and Predictions - Premier League matchweek 26
|Pep Guardiola has won all eight of his meetings with West Ham United in all competitions, his joint-best 100 per cent record against a club in his managerial career, along with his eight against Malaga and Watford. (Source: premierleague.com)|
Manchester City vs West Ham United
4:30pm Sunday 9th February
This once again feels like David and Goliath.
In fact, West Ham have never picked a point against Manchester City since Pep Guardiola took over.
They have conceded countless goals and managed very few.
With the champions bleeding from ultimately surrendering their title to Liverpool at the Tottenham Stadium last weekend, David Moyes would have a very red eye at the Etihad on Sunday.
The Hammers would rue their lost opportunity last weekend when they surrendered a seemingly strong advantage to Brighton, 3-1 up ended being 3-3.
Two points dropped when they could really use that to steer out of the red zone, they indeed will have to look elsewhere for the points that will guarantee them premier league football next season.
Injuries, especially at the back have been the major albatross for the champions in their domestic hunt this season but they could very well welcome back Aymeric Laporte from injury this weekend.
Considering how they have drawn blank in two consecutive games, the first time that has happened in the glittering years of Pep Guardiola, the Hammers will need lots of composure, discipline and luck to ship less than the Citizens would have wanted.
Verdict: City to win
Player to watch: Kevin De Bruyne