Tough Road Test
As the Joker would say, “Here we go.” The 2022-23 English Premier League season begins, and no doubt that West Ham United playing host to Manchester City Sunday is the ‘premier’ game of Matchday 1.
So, last season saw the reigning champs finish 29-6-3, four of the draws and one defeat came on the road. Hammers finished seventh, meaning they qualified for the UEFA Conference League. This season, manager David Moyes and the troops are after more.
As expected, the Citizens come in as solid soccer betting favorites. The last two times they visited the Hammers, they suffered, though.
West Ham United: Injury Concerns
West Ham United isn’t strong, but that didn’t prevent the Hammers from some really good signings during the offseason, including Italian centre-forward Gianluca Scamacca. However, the 23-year old isn’t expected to play this Sunday. Moyes said that Scamacca is a little behind now.
The bad news also includes Angelo Ogbonna, whose return to the first team is still some weeks away. The centre-back has been playing for the U-21 team to regain some confidence after a long-term injury.
…and last, but not least, the centre-back Nayef Aguerd is questionable. Good news is goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and midfielder Flynn Downes, who also joined the team during the offseason, are ready to go.
Hammers were able to retain Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio. Rice is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, while Bowen and Antonio are licensed as scorers. As last season, Bowen scored 18 goals in all of the competitions, while Antonio had 13. That trio should be the main reason to consider including West Ham in your soccer picks, especially at +700.
Hammers finished with a 9-5-5 record at home last season, 33 goals for and 26 against. They were 7-3-9 on the road (27 goals for, 25 against). In other words, they’re a lot more comfortable at home.
Manchester City: New Look
Manchester City won their first trophy during the preseason. The Citizens won Best Signing-at least on paper-by acquiring Erling Haaland, who scored 86 goals in 89 games in two-and-half seasons with Borussia Dortmund.
A season ago, the Citizens scored 99 goals. more than any other team. That’s without Haaland. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are gone, but Haaland gets to play with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez.
The Citizens also signed Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips. In other words, they’re stacked.
Pep Guardiola and the boys had their first test of the season, and failed it. They lost, 3-1, to Liverpool a week ago in the Community Shield. They were tied until the 83rd minute, where Mohamed Salah scored a penalty. Darwin Nunez sealed the deal in stoppage time. Alvarez was the Citizens’ lone scorer.
Looked worse than it was, however. City are a well-balanced team who surrendered fewer goals on the road (11) than at home (15) last season. Overall, no other team allowed fewer goals.
“Josh is there. Joao is there. Nathan is there. We will see. We have two weeks until the end of the month and we will see,” Guardiola said when asked about rumors around the potential signing of a left-back.
With/without a new left-back, the Citizens deserve to be favorites, currently a -275 price.
West Ham United vs Man City Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 117
- West Ham United Victories: 37 (155 goals)
- Manchester City Victories: 61 (209 goals)
- Draws: 19
These two collided three times last season. Regarding the EPL, Manchester City won, 2-1, at Etihad Stadium with goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho. Even defensive midfielders have offensive mentalities. They also drew, 2-2, at London Stadium. Citizens did overcome a two-goal deficit with the help of an own-goal.
Third match was in the Round of 16 of the EFL Cup. It finished with a goalless draw, with the Hammers advancing after winning the penalty shootout, 5-3.
West Ham United vs Man City Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 7
- Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
- Location: London Stadium, London
- West Ham vs Man City Live Stream: fubo.tv
West Ham United vs Man City Betting Lines
|West Ham United||+1½ -120||+700||3 -115o||½ -140o |
|Manchester City||-1½ Ev||-275||3 -105u||2½ +130o |
West Ham United vs Man City Prediction
Well, time to shine. That’s the only thing Guardiola should tell his players ahead of Sunday’s game. We expect the Citizens to put on a show at London Stadium. That doesn’t mean West Ham United won’t be in the fight. Quite the contrary, meaning they’ll contribute as well. The Citizens are 8-2-0 in their last 10 meetings with the Hammers, total went over in seven of those 10. Expect both betting online trends to continue.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 3, West Ham United 2
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.