Manchester City vs. West Ham United 2/9/20 English Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2/9/20 11:30 am
Over 2.5 (-400), Under 2.5 (+300)
Manchester City is welcoming West Ham United to Etihad Stadium in part of round 26 of the English Premier League.
Manchester City was fantastic during the month of January when they haven’t lost a single game, but City has lost their last 2 games and a lot of problems have resurfaced during those two games. Manchester City is the last season’s champion, but there is no way in hell City will defend the title this season because they are in the second place in the standings with 51 points, massive 22 points behind Liverpool at the top, which is the biggest difference between first two teams in the history of the EPL. City has been more than good on the offensive end for the last few seasons, and they scored 65 goals this season, but their defense has been anything but good or consistent this season. Manchester City has conceded 29 goals, which may not seem much, but it’s simply too much for a team in the hunt for the Champions League. The first team City will face in their hunt for the Champions League is Real Madrid, a team that was playing fantastic soccer for most of the season but is slowing down as of late. In their last EPL match against Tottenham away from home, City had 67% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and 88% of the correct passes. Manchester City was pressuring and constantly attacking Tottenham’s defense, but Tottenham was playing fantastic defense and was even able to score 2 goals in the second half. Manchester City has lost this match 2-0. Aguero has scored 16 goals for Manchester City and is playing standardly good soccer, while Sterling added 11 goals but is far from the Sterling from last season. If I had to choose a player from City to take to my team, that would definitely be Kevin De Bruyne, Belgian midfielder who is playing the best soccer of his life, not only on the attacking end but in the defense as well. De Bruyne has 16 assists in 24 games this season. As I said, there is no way that City will defend the EPL title, but you can never know what will happen in the Champions League because two games are being played in each stage, except the finals of course.
West Ham is a disaster of the team, and not even the coaching change helped. Maybe is they actually hired a capable coach, things would be different, and not David Moyes who was already fired from West Ham once before. West Ham hasn’t won any of their last 6 games and is in 18th place with 24 points. Just to remind you, 18th place is in the relegation zone. In their last 6 games, West Ham has conceded 12 goals, while scoring only 5 goals. The hammers have a lot of problems on both ends and there aren’t any signs of improvement, any signs at all. In their last EPL match against Brighton at home, West Ham had only 35% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 74% of the correct passes. West Ham had 2-0 lead at the half-time, and 3-1 lead in 57th minute, but then West Ham’s sloppy defense started making mistakes and Brighton scored 2 goals in 4 minutes to tie the score and the game ended in a 3-3 draw. West Ham got knocked out of all other competitions in England, including FA Cup. This might actually be a good thing for the Hammers because now they can focus on only 1 competition and play for their survival in the EPL. Haller has scored 6 goals in 24 games for West Ham, while Snodgrass added 5 goals. Wilshere, Yarmolenko, and Anderson are all injured and will not be in the lineup. West Ham has scored 30 goals this season, but they conceded 43 goals. Only three teams have conceded more than West Ham in the EPL. I still think there is hope for West Ham because they are only 1 point away from Aston Villa in 17th place, but for that to happen, West Ham has to change something soon.
Obviously, Manchester City is the better team here by far, but the odds are not great. I will take a stab at goals here because City hasn’t scored last week, and both defenses are not great.