Making their first appearance since having their Champions League punishment handed down, Manchester City are simply looking to make an on-field statement when they host a struggling West Ham on Wednesday night.
Hit with what was another shock defeat away at Spurs earlier in the month and still reeling from their derby day loss against the Red Devils, Pep Guardiola’s men have managed to win just one of their last four matchups against Premier League opposition.
On the flip side, throwing away a two-goal lead against Brighton in rather comical fashion last time out, West Ham have continued on what can best be described as a woeful campaign at the London Stadium.
Dropping into the bottom-three and also crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Championship outfit West Brom, the Hammers have failed to win any of their last six matches across all competitions and hold a worrying record against the soon to be former champions.
With Wednesday’s hosts picking up a 5-0 win when the two sides met on the opening weekend, you might be interested to know that betting offers like an identic scoreline can be found at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Sergio to steal the show?
While Manchester City’s back-to-back defeats against Spurs and Manchester City may have dampened the mood around the Etihad after a testing week off the pitch, there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s men should see Wednesday as a golden opportunity to make a statement.
Now with their attention set on lifting a piece of silverware after relinquishing their Premier League crown to Liverpool, one man who should be relishing West Ham’s arrival in midweek will be leading marksman, Sergio Aguero.
Although the former Barcelona boss might find his side still dealing with some rather worrying issues at the back, the 31-year-old has already netted 21 goals this season and has now found the net in four of his last five top-flight appearances.
Also finding the net against the Hammers in City’s 5-0 win at the London Stadium on the opening weekend, Aguero can be found priced at 3/5 with Paddy Power to extend on that tally this week.
Elsewhere, after having the winter break to deal with their recovery from injury, the defensive duo of Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte are expected to line up in Guardiola’s defence.
Woeful West Ham
Throwing away two comical goals in the final 15 minutes against fellow relegation scrappers Brighton in what was billed as a real six-pointer, the mood around the London Stadium has become more toxic by the week.
Dropping into the bottom-three and now seen to be one of the leading contenders to be hit with a shock Championship return after spending over £100million last summer, David Moyes’ men have lost three of their last four and are without a win since the 5th of January.
While the former Manchester United boss is set to call on big-money arrival Jarrod Bowen on Wednesday night, it does no cover what has been a string of glaring issues at the back.
Shipping another trio of goals against the Seagulls last time out, the Hammers have landed just a sole Premier League clean sheet over the past two months and are showing no signs of improving.
Also conceding at least a quarter of goals in four of their last five matches against Manchester City, you might be interested to know that Moyes’ men can be found priced at 11/10 with 888sport to ship over 3.5 goals in midweek.