Slaven Bilic will be disappointed with the way his side started against Newcastle, going two goals behind after just 15 minutes at St James’ Park and eventually losing 2-1, their first defeat in their last nine games. A 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out puts Manchester City just a point away from league leaders Arsenal and Leicester City coming into the weekend.
The Hammers are unbeaten in their last eight starts at home, they haven’t lost since August and have only failed to score in home fixture this campaign (Stoke City 0-0). However, at home against sides that are currently above them in the league they have only faced Leicester City and they lost that game 2-1. While they didn’t pick up any new Injuries last week, with Andy Caroll, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini all still out it does leave them weak in their attacking options.
The Citizens boast the joint tightest away defence (with Spurs) in the league, they have only conceded nine goals from their 10 away days, four of them coming in one game (away at Spurs lost 4-1). No surprise then to find that when City have played away this season their games have produced a league low 19 goals, less than two goals per game on average. Their away form is very average to say the least, just one win in their last seven and without a win on the road against any of the top seven in the league. They have only scored three away goals in two games before half time, twice in their first away day at West Brom and once in the defeat against Spurs.
Football Betting Tips
The betting market has the over 2.5 goals as short as 1.8 (4/5) and I think that is a bit skinny, I will be backing UNDER 2.5 goals at around 2.26 (5/4) and I will also be having a back-to-lay on the exchanges of 0-0 in the HALF TIME score market, placing a back bet at anything better than 3.4 before kick-off and placing a “Keep” lay bet at 1.5 to green up should it get there.
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