West Ham vs Man City: Preview & Prediction

Sunday 15th May 2022

West Ham vs Man City: Preview & Prediction

England Premier League
Sunday 15th May 2022
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: London Stadium

Match Preview:

West Ham are looking good to finish in a European place as they come into this game 5 points in front of Wolves and both clubs have two games left to play. However the Hammers have to play Manchester City while Wolves at least on paper have an easy home game against Norwich.

David Moyes team will be the big underdogs here but if they can pull off a result it would open up the league title once again and give Liverpool a chance to clinch it. For now with a 3 point advantage the title looks like City’s as they aim to win back to back leagues. 

West Ham have put a lot of effort into this season and continue to prove their critics wrong but at the same time it looks as if they will only qualify for the Europa Conference League- while any European football shouldn’t be sniffed at it is the 3rd European trophy in order of status and the club had been competing in the 2nd this season with the Europa League. Indeed at times this season there was hope for the club that 4th was on the books and their first outing in the Champions League but that evaporated some time ago. But do the club have a chance to still qualify for the Europa League? The answer is yes as they are 3 points behind Manchester United who hold the last Europa League place and the Hammers hold a 10 goal difference advantage to boot, so it is possible. 

Manchester City have been blistering brilliant in the league as they try to put their Champions League disappointment behind them. However when it comes to the amount of goals the club are scoring then it’s simply off the scale even against Real Madrid they scored 5 times. However in the league they have managed to score 19 goals in their last four games. They are a club being pretty brutal about stamping their authority on the league even with Liverpool never giving up and in their last game they thumped Wolves 5-1. What has also been interesting is that City don’t appear to be playing great football but they are absolutely clinical in front of goal and have obvious determination not to end the season empty handed.

 

Team News: 

West Ham: Said Benrahma is only 50/50 make this game with an ankle injury, Michail Antonio is expected to make this game with a knock. Craig Dawson will be assessed but is expected to make this game after his calf injury. 

Manchester City: Aymeric Laporte has a knock and is only 50/50 to make this game as is Fernandinho with a muscle injury. Ruben Dias (hamstring), John Stones (muscle) and Kyle Walker (ankle) are all out for the season.

 

West Ham vs Man City Head to Head:

Last season the clubs drew 1-1 in this fixture and they also drew 0-0 after 90 minutes in the EFL Cup this season.

Earlier in the season in the reverse fixture Manchester City won 2-1.

West Ham have not beaten Manchester City when at home for almost 8 years.

There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.

 

West Ham vs Man City Prediction:

West Ham’s form is poor with just 1 win in their last five games and that was only against Norwich. But the Hammers always seem to raise their game against the better sides and they will try and do their best here with out too much pressure on them because everyone will be expecting them to lose.

Manchester City are on fire and while form can change and go in the opposite direction you wouldn’t expect City to implode with just two games left. Make no mistake City will have to be at their best, let’s remind ourselves that Liverpool have lost at this ground this season. City are around 1.40 at the best price to win this game and while we believe they will let’s look for value so we will look into the goalscorer and goal markets for this game. But City should have too much in the tank here for West Ham, however we expect an end to end game and it should be played at a fast pace.

 

West Ham vs Man City Betting Tips:

Asian handicap (-1 Man City) at 1.575

Anytime goalscorer: Raheem Sterling at 2.50

Anytime goalscorer: Kevin De Bruyne at 2.50

Both teams to score at 1.72