West Ham United will be playing hosts to Manchester City in a game that could have huge implications for both the championship race and the race for European spots next season. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our Premier League odds series, which includes our West Ham-Man City prediction and pick we have laid out below.
West Ham United fans must be proud of the squad and what they have achieved this year. Unfortunately for them, however, it could all come crashing down in just a matter of a few weeks. It does not have to be like that, so they need to start by doing everything to win this game specifically. Man City, on the other hand, needs this win to all but guarantee their fourth Premier League title in the last five seasons, an incredible achievement. That would likely wash off all the disappointment felt by the squad and the fanbase after the collapse in the Champions League.
Courtesy of FanDuel, here are the West Ham-Man City Premier League odds:
Premier League Odds: West Ham-Man City Odds
West Ham: (+650)
Man City: (-280)
Over: 2.5 (-186)
Under: 2.5 (+152)
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Why West Ham Could Win This Match
As said above, the season that West Ham has had is admirable. They made it through to the semifinal of the Europa League, but the Hammers were stopped by Eintracht Frankfurt. In the Premier League, West Ham was a part of the top four for a very long time, but the pressure of playing in Europe and competing domestically got to this fairly young squad. Still, not everything is lost, as West Ham are all but guaranteed a spot at least in the Europe Conference League. If they want to go back to the Europa League, they need this win.
West Ham has been great this season and while the form is an issue, winning just seven games since the calendar turned to 2022, their position on the table suggests that the Irons will not simply falter to the presumed champions. This is a gritty team and a young squad ready to show off their skills to the world. Thus, they will at least make Man City grind out a win, and given the fact that City effectively just needs a single win in the last two games, there could be a chance for the Hammers to sneak a win in this game.
The most important reason why West Ham could win this game is that, if they win, they are in a prime position to come back to Europa League. They are three points behind Man United, the last team with a spot in this competition. However, West Ham also has a game in hand and a much better goal difference, the most important determinant when two teams are level on points. Thus, West Ham needs two wins in these last two games to guarantee Europa League football and despite a mighty foe in City, they will do their best.
Why Man City Could Win This Match
Many people around the footballing world questioned the mental status of Man City players. Despite being up for most of their tie with Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, the Citizens crashed out due to two late goals in the second leg. Many fans feared a similar collapse in the domestic competition as well, especially since City was playing an up-and-coming Newcastle squad and a Wolverhampton squad that could still fight for European competitions.
Man City responded in the best possible way, putting 10 past their opponents in two games and only conceding one. With a Liverpool slip-up against Tottenham a few weeks back, Man City enter this game knowing that with a win, they have all but wrapped up the title. Mathematically, they could still lose it, even with a win in this game, but it would take City losing in the final game and Liverpool winning by a big margin to get the title to Liverpool, rather than Manchester.
With that implication of a possible title wrap, and with the immense quality in this Man City lineup, this should be a win for the Citizens. On the backs of such talents like Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, and others, this Man City squad should be taking this game and basically guaranteeing that fourth title in five years.
Final West Ham-Man City Prediction & Pick
Despite all the importance that West Ham can find in this game, it is really Man City's to lose. The team that only fell to Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace all season long will be recording their 29th win this year and the champagne for the title-winners can start cooling off. Our final West Ham-Man City prediction is a Man City win in the London Stadium.
Final West Ham-Man City Pick: Man City (-280)