February 09, 2020, 16:30 GMT at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. In the 26th round of the English Premier League, Manchester City will host West Ham on their field, trying to rehabilitate themselves for recent failures – we prepared a prediction for this match.
Manchester City vs West Ham United Match Preview
Manchester City are 2nd in EPL after 25 games. The Citizens for the first time during the work of the Spanish coach left the field without goals in two matches in a row. Moreover, the lack of goals is by no means a sign of a crisis of ideas in the team, but the result of neglect of football players to the created moments. Losing the “Spurs” led to the fact that the City is now 22 points behind Liverpool.
At a pre-match press conference, Guardiola confirmed that Mendy recovered from minor damage. But it is far from a fact that the Frenchman will return to the starting lineup, although the press predicts precisely his appearance on the left flank of the defense. An alternative option is to transfer to the opposite side of the field Joao Cancelo, usually acting on the right. Other permutations in the Manchester City will affect the center of defense, midfield and attack. A recovering Aymeric Laporte should play in a pair with Fernandinho, Phil Foden can appear in the middle line, and Bernardo Silva is expected to appear on the right flank of the attack instead of injured Stirling.
Possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo, Aguero, Mahrez
West Ham United
West Ham United are 18th in EPL after 25 games. Team of David William Moyes reached only only 24 points and located in the league off zone. David Moyes regretted his decision a thousand times to replace Arthur Masuaku in a match against Brighton. This move was dictated by the need to solve the problems on the left flank, which in the second half regularly arose due to the fact that Michail Antonio did not finish on the defensive. French positional and technical errors led to the fact that Brighton scored two goals and West Ham missed the victory, which he really needed. Hammers did not just descend into the relegation zone, but run the risk of getting completely bogged down in this swamp. Ahead of the David Moyes team are trips to Etihad and Anfield, and then matches with Southampton (at home), Arsenal (road), Wolves (at home), Tottenham (road) and Chelsea (road).
David Moyes is likely to focus on defense and change the scheme to 5-4-1, which is used in matches against the Premier League. At the same time, frequent mistakes by Masuaku may force West Ham coach to return Aaron Cresswell’s defense to the left flank, and make Fabian Balbuena the third central. It is not superfluous to note that Felipe Anderson started training, which increases West Ham’s attacking potential, as well as his readiness for the debut of Jarrod Bowen.
Possible starting lineup: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Antonio, Haller
Betting Tips Statistic
- Manchester City have won six of their eight previous Premier League home games.
- In three of these eight matches, the Citizens won with a difference of more than one goal.
- Bet Total Over 2.5 played in ten of the 12 home games Manchester City in this championship.
- The unbeaten West Ham series in the Premier League has reached five matches.
- On the road, the Hammers lost four of their five previous matches in the Premier League.
- Manchester City beat West Ham in all of their last eight face-to-face meetings. In the first round, Citizens destroyed the Hammers with a score of 5:0.
Manchester City vs West Ham United computer score prediction: 3 : 0
TotalSporty’s Expert Prediction and Pick
Manchester City this season, of course, is far from optimal conditions. However, Citizens do not lose to outsiders. The only exception is a meeting with Norwich in the fifth round 2:3, but this fiasco happened in away match. Manchester City in their field should easily beat West Ham.
There is no point in talking about any intrigue. City is motivated, because the team is unacceptable to lose points in the 2nd match in a row. Guardiola wards will act solely on victory. Most likely, they will try to win big. This will help relieve tension within the team, which is high today. No wonder the press even writes that Guardiola may resign.
I think there will be enough strength for the Citizens to take 3 points here. West Ham today is very weak, and completely unlike the team that deserves to play in the Premier League.
We recommend make a bet on Total Over 2.5.
Score prediction from Mark Lawrenson: 3 : 0