The match is over.
A good start is essential and both West Ham and Manchester City know the importance of setting out from the blocks quickly in game that promises intense action right from the off.
It is safe to say Manchester City have been something of a bogey team to West Ham over the last few years having lost their last eight encounters against the blue Manchester machine. That is why City are such overwhelming favourites with popular betting sites to get the job done on the opening day and we cannot disagree. Three times City have visited the London Stadium and twice they have cruised to victory not having conceded a goal.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN TO NIL
City have twice beaten West ham 4-0 at the London Stadium and having strengthened through record signing Rodri and the confidence of a Community Shield victory on Sunday in the bag, expect the Citizens to lay down a marker once again with online betting sites making a City score fest a good price.
MATCH TO END WITH MORE THAN 3.5 GOALS
In three encounters with City on home soil, three times Manuel Pellegrini’s side have conceded four times. With City boasting a fully fit squad and an attacking force that is feared across Europe, there may well be no holding Guardiola’s charges back with Hammers fans perhaps happy to get this game out of the way early doors. The price is also tempting with City to win 4-0 at 10/1 with Royal Panda well worth an outside bet.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN 4-0
Head to Head
Manchester City won both encounters in the Premier League last season boasting a 4-0 victory at the London Stadium in November before recording a 1-0 win at the Etihad in February.
West Ham has not beaten City since 2-1 away win in September 2015 with an overall record of 37 West Ham wins, 17 draws and 56 victories for City.
Manchester City beat West Ham 4-1 in pre-season during the Premier League Asia Trophy.
West Ham’s last victory over Manchester City came in the Premier League in September 2015 when Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho scored for the Hammers in a 2-1 win.
Manchester City have broken their own transfer record this window with the signing for midfielder Rodri for £62.8m from Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City finished 46 point ahead of West Ham in the Premier League last season having scored 43 more goals than the Hammers.
Manchester City to win the match
Manchester City have already dealt a psychological blow to their Premier League rivals with victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Pep Guardiola has quietly gone about his business and the signing of Rodri has only added to the intense zeal already embedded into a City squad aiming to make it three titles in a row.
For West Ham, it may prove to be a blessing in disguise getting this one out of the way quickly although a heavy defeat could seriously harm confidence and get fans backs up immediately.
Looking past City is foolish with the Hammers just looking to keep the score down as they look for better opportunities to progress up the table.
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Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
All tips by Darren Williamson