Manchester City v West Ham
Saturday February 27, 12:30
Manchester City ease previous Gladbach
Man City boss Pep Guardiola mentioned his aspect “have to be more clinical” regardless of seeing one other dominant show sweep apart Borussia Monchengladbach within the Champions League on Wednesday evening in Budapest. The 2-0 first leg success within the final 16 was the Citizens’ nineteenth successive win and places the Premier League leaders in a commanding place to qualify.
Guardiola’s group – favourites to win their first Champions League title this season – have been far too good for his or her meek opposition, and maybe ought to have added to their benefit. Bernardo Silva headed in an exquisite cross from Joao Cancelo to open the scoring, earlier than the identical two gamers mixed to lay on the second for Gabriel Jesus after the interval.
And Guardiola mentioned, “In general, we controlled the game. Unfortunately, we were not clinical enough up front. That is something we have to improve in this competition. Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.” The City could rotate his choices on Saturday with Nathan Ake the one absentee.
West Ham flying-high
West Ham supervisor David Moyes mentioned his aspect “haven’t hit top gear yet” regardless of climbing into the highest 4 of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over London rivals Tottenham final weekend. Goals early in every half from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard gave the Hammers a two-goal cushion at London Stadium, earlier than Spurs decreased the arrears.
Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min each struck the woodwork for Tottenham within the second half, however West Ham held on for his or her seventh win in 9 league video games. The Hammers had regarded a lot sharper from the off with the tempo and physicality of the returning Antonio proving significantly problematic for his or her out-of-form guests.
Moyes just lately admitted to feeling “uneasy” when discussing the Hammers’ place close to the highest of the desk however the Scot was pleased with his aspect post-match, saying: “The players have been finding ways to wrestle points off the opposition. They have done a brilliant job. You need a bit of luck along the way but we had all the right things going for us.”
Manchester City are unbeaten of their final 10 Premier League conferences with West Ham (W8-D2-L0) since a 1-2 house loss in September 2015. The Citizens have taken high honours in 10 of their final 11 Etihad encounters with the Hammers (W10-D0-L1), though the hosts have been held to a 1-1 draw when the 2 groups locked horns within the capital again in October.
Since dropping 2-5 towards Leicester in September, Man City 1.261/4 have conceded simply three targets in 15 house video games in all competitions (W13-D2-L0). The Citizens have gained their final six Premier League house video games with out conceding and are trying to report the sixth ever run of 14 consecutive top-flight victories. Pep Guardiola’s group are 10 factors clear on the high.
Only Man City (33) have gained extra Premier League factors thus far in 2021 than West Ham (22), who’ve posted spectacular W7-D1-L1 figures this calendar 12 months. The Hammers 14.0013/1 have suffered solely 4 defeats in 23 Premier League matches since mid-September (W13-D6-L4). However, David Moyes’ males have W1-D1-L4 towards top-six rivals.
With Man City recording 13 clear sheets of their previous 17 Premier League outings, in addition to their aforementioned defensive fortitude at The Etihad, goal-heavy video games have not confirmed as commonplace as earlier campaigns for the Citizens. Surprisingly, solely 36% of the hosts’ league outings have featured Over 2.5 Goals 1.584/7, the third-lowest success charge.
Unusually, West Ham sit joint-top of the tree for profitable Over 2.5 Goals picks, thoughts. Overall, 16/25 (64%) of the Hammers outings have produced three or extra targets, together with 8/12 (67%) on their travels. Six of the guests’ most up-to-date seven additionally paid out for goals-based backers suggesting a repeat may very well be on the playing cards for the weekend curtain-raiser.
But I’m as a substitute going to take Man City to win and Under 3.5 Goals for a 1.9620/21 shot. With the hosts enduring a fast turnaround from their Wednesday evening journey to Budapest, endurance, management and monopolisation of possession are certain to be key rules within the Citizens’ strategy, leaving West Ham with restricted alternative in transition.