Manchester City host West Ham on Matchday 23 at the Etihad Stadium, before heading into the winter break. The defending champions are currently on a 22 points lag, behind leaders – Liverpool and they are now focused on securing a Champions League spot and the Cup competitions. With the Reds’ solid form this season, Pep’s men have not had much time to defend their title this season.
In contrast, West Ham’s ambition is purely focused on surviving the Premier League. As they find themselves in the drop zone and are in desperate need to start winning with a tricky set of games ahead of them. Although they haven’t beaten City in 5 years, so a win here would add a great deal to their confidence levels.
When Is The Manchester City Game?
Event: 2019-20 English Premier League
Game: Manchester City VS West Ham
Date: 9th February, Sunday
Location: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City Game Prediction
It is an easily predictable game, the Citizens are hands down favorites out of this clash just as the odds predict them to be. On Matchday 26, the home fans at the Etihad Stadium will be delighted to witness their home boys returning back to their winning ways. The Hammers would put up a tough fight against the hosts and possibly look for ways to manage a draw, but at the end it would not be an outcome that they would expect.
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Manchester City Betting Tips
According to bet365, the betting odds of City VS West Ham match is fixed as:
Manchester City – 1.10
West Ham – 11.00
Draw – 21.00
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Here is the lineup prediction for Manchester City next game against West Ham.
Manchester City Lineup
Defenders: Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Joao Cancelo
Midfielders: De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan
Attackers: Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Mahrez
West Ham Lineup
Defenders: Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell
Midfielders: Rice, Snodgrass, Soucek, Noble, Antonio
Manchester City will take on West Ham after Pep Guardiola’s men lost against Tottenham on Sunday, as this fixture will mark their last clash before the break. Raheem Sterling had an eventful game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he was forced to limp off with a hamstring problem. The injury does not look to be as bad as first feared, with the winger undergoing tests on Monday at City’s training ground, however he will not be back in time to face West Ham.
The current Premier League champions have important games on the horizon against Leicester City and an all-important fixture against Real Madrid in the Champions League, with Sterling facing a race to get back in time.
Head to Head
The Citizens have established their dominance against the Hammers in several competitions over the past 4 years. Although they have lost 6 league games this season, which happens to be Pep Guardiola’s joint-worst ever in a single campaign as a manager. Sadly, City have been beaten in games they were expected to walk through victory and perhaps complacency has set in.
With the Hammers looking to stay inside the league, a win against the Citizens could bring their hopes to life this season. Since both teams are under the pressure of proving themselves in the campaign, this clash could bring out their best potentials.
Following their series of losses, West Ham have not been able to evade the relegation zone as they are stuck at the 18th position in the table. Though winning this game would put them in a better position in the league, their opponents at the Etihad Stadium would not be encouraging it. At this moment, the visitors are solely focused on their survival in the top-flight of the competition and they know that the Citizens are not an easy side to start with.
As for Pep Guardiola’s men, their run in the campaign has not been much similar to their previous expeditions of the Premier League. With very limited matches ahead of them, they will be looking to win every game as the competition for the Champions League spots are heating up every day. Since it is a matter of pride for the Citizens to finish in the 2nd spot of the table, just below Liverpool, they would be delighted to crush every side that would stop them from reaching that place.