Manchester City FC vs West Ham United FC 02/27/2021 – Two teams in the top five of the English Premier League table will slug it out at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, February 27. Manchester City hopes to widen its lead in the EPL table while West Ham United aims to solidify its status in the top five. Gametime is set at 7:30 AM ET with BT Sport covering the game live for audiences in the United Kingdom while UNIVERSO will feature the showdown live for US TV followers. Manchester City will stake its 12-game unbeaten streak while West Ham wants to resume its own run of three games without dropping a point. English Premier League oddsmakers favor league-leading Manchester City to win over West Ham and resume its bid to win this season’s title.
Manchester City FC vs West Ham United FC 02/27/2021
|When:||Saturday, February 27, 7:30 AM ET|
|Where:||Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester, United Kingdom|
Manchester City FC
Manchester City (17-5-2, 56 points) is starting to pull away from the rest of the field as the Pep Guardiola-managed squad is 10 points ahead of its closest pursuers Manchester United and Leicester. In their last match against Everton, the Sky Blues notched three goals courtesy of Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva. The Sky Blues dominated possession as they were able to hold the ball for 70% of the 90-minute clash. They had 17 shots scattered all over the Everton pipes and had seven on target. The win was their 12th-straight victory and the streak seems impossible to overcome by other clubs with the way the team is playing. Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, Foden, and Mahrez are expected to lead the team in scoring while Ederson is expected to lead the goalkeeping duties for Manchester City.
Players to Watch: Ilkay Gundogan (11 goals, 1 assist); Raheem Sterling (8 goals, 5 assists); Phil Foden (6 goals, 3 assists); Riyad Mahrez (6 goals, 2 assists); Gabriel Jesus (4 goals, 3 assists); Kevin de Bruyne (3 goals, 10 assists).
West Ham United FC
Currently in fifth place ahead of strong teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United (12-6-6, 42 points) has become one of the surprise teams in the English Premier League. In the past eight games, they are 6-1-1. In those victories, the Hammers have averaged more than two goals. Its last game against Sheffield United where they won 3-0 provided a glimpse of what they are capable of doing.
Declan Rice opened the scoring with a penalty, then Issa Diop doubled the advantage in the 58th minute. Ryan Fredericks put the icing on the cake with a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Although Sheffield United dominated the bulk of the encounter, West Ham was more efficient with eight shots on goal on 13 shot attempts. Thomas Soucek is expected to lead the Hammers again in scoring with the assistance of Jared Bowen. Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will have an enviable task of stopping Manchester City’s dreaded offensive unit as he is touted to man the pipes anew for West Ham United.
Players to Watch: Tomáš Souček (8 goals); Jarrod Bowen (5 goals, 3 assists); Michail Antonio (5 goals, 3 assists); Sebastien Haller (3 goals); Angelo Ogbonna (2 goals).
Manchester City FC vs West Ham United FC Betting Numbers
Summary: Manchester City is an overwhelming favorite to win the game against West Ham United despite the Hammers playing good football over the past three games, pro soccer betting enthusiasts said. The Sky Blues are expected to run away with the victory over West Ham as it has artillery to score as many goals as they can.
Moneyline: Manchester City has a -400 moneyline while West Ham United offers a +1100 ML. A draw merits a +475 moneyline for this tussle.
Prediction: Manchester City will dominate the game and win over West Ham, 4-1.