Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have been given a difficult opening game as they travel to east London to play West Ham. Pep Guardiola will remember the Cityzens’ come from behind draw against West Ham last spring that kept them on top of the table.
West Ham vs Man City Bet Builder Tips
Man City are coming off of a 3-1 loss in the Community Shield to Liverpool. Guardiola cannot afford a loss to West Ham on opening day. Liverpool play over 24 hours prior to Man City. A win for the Reds and Man City loss would give Jurgen Klopp’s team an early advantage in the title race.
West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last term. The Hammers flirted with the top four, but due to a lack of squad depth, David Moyes’ team fell off the pace for Champions League qualification.
West Ham are at the best betting odds of 7/1 to defeat Man City. The Cityzens are at the best betting odds of 4/11 to win on opening day. The teams are at odds of 17/4 to draw.
West Ham vs Manchester City Full-time result
Moyes has made five signings in the transfer market. The biggest question remains, are West Ham any better than last season? Striker Gianluca Scamacca was signed from Sassuolo to score goals. The tall forward scored 16 times in 36 Serie A games last season. Man City’s defence was exploited for three goals against Liverpool last weekend. West Ham have drawn three straight games at home versus Man City in all competitions. My betting tips prediction is for West Ham to sneak another home draw.
West Ham vs Manchester City Halftime result
Man City played just two preseason games and by the 60-minute mark versus Liverpool in the Community Shield, looked fatigued. Man City were losing or drawing in four of the last five matches in all competitions. Last time at the London Stadium, West Ham led 2-0 at halftime versus Man City. The Hammers will be up for this match and could be leading when this game goes to halftime.
West Ham vs Manchester City Halftime / Full-time result
Sunday’s game could play out similarly to the teams’ match last spring at the London Stadium. The last two matches between West Ham and Man City played in east London went into halftime with the Hammers winning and the full-time result being a draw. My betting tips prediction is for West Ham to be leading at halftime and a draw at full-time.
West Ham vs Manchester City Double Chance
If you are looking for insurance on your bet, then a Man City win or draw double chance could be a safe bet.
West Ham vs Manchester City Over/Under
Three of the last six games between these teams finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Last season, both league matches finished with more than 2.5 goals. Matchday No. 1 should see West Ham and Man City once again combine for over 2.5 goals. Last season, 54% of Premier League matches finished with more than 2.5 goals.
West Ham vs Manchester City First Goal Scorer
Can West Ham run out to an early lead? New signing Gianluca Scamacca will fancy getting on the scoresheet and the Italian could do it. Moyes could start his new signing against Manchester City. The striker scored 16 times last season. He is 6ft 5in tall with a physical presence. Scamacca could bully Ruben Dias and John Stones.
West Ham vs Manchester City Anytime goal scorer
Erling Haaland didn’t have a lot of chances against Liverpool in the Community Shield. He did hit the woodwork at the end of the game. The striker could open his Premier League account versus West Ham. Haaland scored 22 goals in 24 Bundesliga games last season.
West Ham vs Manchester City Last Goal Scorer
Julian Alvarez may turn out to be the best signing Man City made in 2022. The former River Plate man was brilliant as a second half sub versus Liverpool in the Community Shield. It was due to Alvarez’s hard work that City got back into the game. He could once again be a super sub for Guardiola and get the final goal of the match.
West Ham vs Manchester City to be carded
Declan Rice led West Ham last season in yellow cards with eight. The midfielder will be tasked with breaking up the Man City attack. Rice could get carded versus Man City as he slows down the champion’s counter attack. Rice didn’t get a yellow card versus City last season, but this time around, he could be booked.
West Ham vs Manchester City Winning Margin
My betting tips prediction is for this game to be a draw at full-time. If Man City are able to get a win, however, it should be a low winning margin of just on goal.
West Ham vs Manchester City Total Goals - Odd/Even
A draw between these sides would see the match finish with an even total number of goals.
West Ham vs Manchester City Half with most goals
Four of the last six games saw a tie in terms of goals per half. This time around, my betting tips prediction is for the second half to see the majority of goals. The game should burst to life in the second half after a low-scoring first period.
West Ham vs Manchester City BTTS
Four of the last five games, including both league matches last term, finished with both teams scoring between West Ham and Man City. These teams should once again both find the back of the net.
West Ham vs Manchester City BTTS 1st half
The first half could be the lower scoring of the two halves. Last season, West Ham went into the break leading 2-0. My betting tips prediction is for NO BTTS in the first period.
West Ham vs Manchester City BTTS second half
The second half should have more goals and more life. The Hammers and Cityzens should both score in the second period. One of the teams’ two matches last term saw both teams score in th