West Ham - Manchester City Betting Preview: Expect Allardyce to attempt to keep things tight at Upton Park

Roberto Mancini's side have not been firing on all cylinders this season and that will encourage the Hammers. Adam Bate expects a close game on Saturday evening
West Ham will be looking to bounce back from a poor performance at Wigan last time out as they prepare to host the Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday.

The Hammers boast an impressive record in front of their own fans so far this season, having picked up 10 points from their five games.

West Ham are 4/1 (5.00) with Bet365 to inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on Roberto Mancini’s side. But that would seem unlikely given City’s impressive league form.

While Mancini’s men have had their problems in Europe, their domestic record remains strong and their unbeaten league run stretches back to April.

Manchester City are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with Bet365 to win here. The draw is available at 3/1 (4.00).

In the goalscorers market, Carlos Tevez is 4/1 (5.00) joint-favourite with Sergio Aguero to open the scoring at Upton Park as he returns to one of his former clubs.

For the Hammers, Andy Carroll is an 8/1 (9.00) pick and may fancy his chances given that he’s scored four goals against City in the Premier League - more than he’s managed against any other opponent.

Another Hammer, Kevin Nolan, is an industry-best 11/1 (12.00) with Bet365 to score first. That is a good price given that he has netted 16 goals in his last 38 Premier League games.

Matt Jarvis may also fancy his chances for the home side as he has scored eight goals in his last 21 Premier League matches and yet is priced at a chunky 16/1 (17.00).

But it is Nolan who represents the best value given that no player has scored more than his tally of four home goals this season.

For the pick of the bets here, expect Sam Allardyce to try and keep this one tight and get back to the sort of resilient form that saw West Ham keep four clean sheets in their opening five games.

City have also had some close games on their travels and have not led at the interval in any of their last eight away matches.

With each of the last two Hammers home games also being level at the break, the best bet is to back the draw at half-time at an industry-best 7/5 (2.40) with Bet365.

Draw at half-time at 7/5 (2.40) with Bet365
Kevin Nolan to score first at 11/1 (12.00) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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