Can anyone stop Manchester City this season? Pep Guardiola’s Blues juggernaut continued their winning run with a last gasp winner against Southampton on Wednesday evening and City are still eight points clear of arch rivals Manchester United.
Saints were gallant in defeat and will be quietly confident ahead of a trip to Bournemouth in the first of two HUGE games in England’s top flight.
For David Moyes, this is as difficult as it gets. After conceding three goals away at Everton on Wednesday night, it can’t get much worse for West Ham but Moyes will be wary of a heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
The Hammers will need everything to go to plan in order to keep this one close. Check out our top tips and betting advice ahead of Sunday’s double header...
BOURNEMOUTH vs SOUTHAMPTON
A difficult one to call. Bournemouth, plagued by inconsistency for most of the season, have shown signs of building momentum in recent weeks but Eddie Howe’s men are still looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation battle below.
With just four wins in 13 top flight games this campaign, the Cherries sit just four points above West Ham – that kind of form cannot continue into 2018.
Southampton have struggled as well, particularly in front of goal. The visitors have netted in each of their last two Premier League matches though and that is a sign that the tide at St Mary’s Stadium has started to turn after a slow start to the season.
Over 1.5 away goals is available at 13/8 here and that is an excellent price considering Bournemouth’s woes. It could be an entertaining, expansive encounter on the south coast.
I’ve gone with Southampton here. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men were seconds away from an extraordinary point away at Manchester City on Wednesday and Saints should take plenty of positives from that fixture.
Southampton’s latest victory, a 4-1 thrashing of Everton, saw a BTTS + win go in their favour and 9/2 is a respectable price for a repeat this weekend.
TIP: Southampton to win and both teams to score @ 9/2
MANCHESTER CITY vs WEST HAM UNITED
How many City goals are we expecting then? Over 3.5 goals is available at 23/20 but that is far too short. West Ham may tire in the second half due to the relentless pressure and over 2.5 second half goals is currently valued at 7/5.
It might be worth considering this particular market – City have been scoring the bulk of their recent goals in the second half.
Finding a suitable tip in West Ham’s favour isn’t easy at the present moment. Here, there is some value in backing no goal in the opening 15 minutes at 8/13.
City have kept the winning run going but Pep’s men haven’t been blowing teams apart in recent weeks. West Ham may capitulate later on in the contest but 8/13 is a solid price for a stalemate at the 15 minute mark.
City have won their last four fixtures against West Ham by a combined score of 15-1 and it is hard to back against the Blues on current form. The Etihad faithful will be expecting a cricket score this weekend and neutrals should sit back, relax and watch a masterclass.
Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit that the better team won, Moyes’ men may have to do that on Sunday afternoon.
TIP: Manchester City to win to nil @ 10/13
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*