Thursday, August 11, 2022

Prediction: West Ham vs Manchester City

Verdict: Manchester City to score in both halves

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to open the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a statement in east London, Manchester City will make the trip to West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

West Ham

Starting with the hosts, while West Ham might have eventually failed to secure back-to-back top-six finishes last season, the Hammers have gained a host of plaudits. Continuing on what has been an impressive rise since they brought David Moyes back to the club in 2019, the Londoners also reached the semi-finals of last season’s Europa League. Likewise, with a Conference League adventure on the cards for later this year, the one-time Manchester United boss is desperate for his side to keep up that momentum. However, while West Ham might face a huge task when they open the 2022/23 campaign on Sunday afternoon, Moyes’ men did impress against the defending Premier League champions last season. Along with knocking City out of the EFL Cup thanks to a thrilling penalties victory at the London Stadium, the Hammers also snatched a 2-2 draw off of the Sky Blues in their final home fixture on May 15th.

Team News

Undergoing ankle surgery last month, summer signing Nayef Aguerd will not feature for at least the next six weeks.

Despite both making the move to east London over the past week, the duo of Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca are not expected to feature here.

Manchester City

As for the visitors, after watching Liverpool lift the Community Shield last weekend thanks to a 3-1 loss at the King Power, Manchester City will be seeking an immediate response here. Although Pep Guardiola’s heavyweights might have managed to squeeze in just a pair of friendly contests over the summer, the Sky Blues are tipped as the leading contender once again this season. Reclaiming their Premier League crown thanks to a one-point buffer over their bitter title contenders, the ex-Bayern Munich boss did see his side enjoy a remarkable purple patch when signing off the 2021/22 campaign. Mounting that iconic final day comeback against Aston Villa on May 22nd as they eventually grabbed a 3-2 victory on home soil, Guardiola’s men were unbeaten in each of their final 12 Premier League appearances. Although City might know that they face a tough opener at the London Stadium this weekend, they will be desperate to lay down an early marker.

Team News

Making the blockbuster move to Manchester City this summer, Erling Haaland should spearhead Guardiola’s attack on Sunday afternoon.

Despite also arriving at the Etihad from Leeds, England international Kalvin Phillips should start among the substitutes here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Manchester City have lost just one of their last 28 Premier League games (W23, D4), and are unbeaten in their last 12 (W9, D3).
    • The Sky Blues were unbeaten in each of their final 12 Premier League appearances last season.
    • West Ham have faced Manchester City three times on the opening weekend of a Premier League season – Moyes’ side have lost all three matches without scoring.
    • However, the Hammers took 10 points out of a possible 12 at home against the top-four last season.
    • England International Jack Grealish has three goals and two assists in six Premier League matchups against West Ham.

    Conclusion

    Although Manchester City might have been disappointed to have watched Liverpool lift the Community Shield last weekend, Guardiola’s superstars are rightfully tipped as a standout pick here. Despite having to settle for a lively 2-2 draw when they made the trip to the London Stadium back in May, the Sky Blues hold a rather rampant record against West Ham while on top-flight duties. Remarkably losing just one of their last 28 straight Premier League showdowns against the Hammers, Moyes’ European hopefuls face a huge task on Sunday afternoon.

    Verdict: Manchester City to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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