Already claiming their first piece of silverware in Sunday’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley, Manchester City are unsurprisingly tipped as the leading contender to defend their Premier League crown this season.
Along with securing back-to-back top-flight titles, Pep Guardiola’s side completed a historic domestic clean sweep and are already priced as low as 4/9 by William Hill to once again reclaim their status as the #1 team in England.
Heading to East London after also securing an empathic 4-1 win over West Ham in last month’s Asia Trophy, it is also worth noting that the Sky Blues have now won each of their last eight matches against Saturday’s hosts, with all bar one of those results seeing over 2.5 goals.
West Ham boosted by summer returns
Although West Ham may have briefly flirted with a late charge for European football last season, Manuel Pellegrini will be overjoyed to see some of his more attacking stars enjoy an injury-free run during pre-season.
Along with once again spending big and bringing in both Spanish starlet Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller in two deals north of £70million, the returns of Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini have been a huge bonus.
West Ham’s Argentinian talisman has bagged four goals in his last four pre-season appearances and can be found at 7/1 with Bet65 to carry on that tally on Saturday.
As for City, while the Hammers may have been busy during the summer transfer window, the former Barcelona boss has been happy to settle with his defending champions.
Aside from Rodri making the switch from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £63million, City’s only other arrival has been the returning Angelino who returned after two seasons away.
With Vincent Kompany securing a player/manager role back in Belgium with Anderlecht this summer, John Stones is expected to be the man to partner Aymeric Laporte at the heart of City’s defence.
Raheem Sterling to steal the show?
While the Hammers may have managed to snatch points off of the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal at the London Stadium last season, Pellegrini’s men have conceded two or more goals in four of their last six contests, including a 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Bilbao last weekend.
Also managing to record just a pair of Premier League clean sheets on home soil since the 12th of January, England international Raheem Sterling should be relishing Saturday’s trip down south.
Once again finding the net against Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday, the PFA Young Player of the Year bagged 17 Premier League goals last season, his best return in the top-flight.
With a history of enjoying his outings against the Hammers, Sterling has scored four in his last four against West Ham and is at 5/6 with Ladbrokes to extend that tally on Saturday lunchtime.
Betting Tip: Manchester City to score over 3.5 goals – 5/2 @ Bet365