With only an out of form Hammers side standing between themselves and championship glory, expect the leaders to celebrate the occasion with a resounding winManchester City will be hoping to lift their second Premier League trophy in three seasons on Sunday when they take on West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.
With two points separating themselves from second-placed Liverpool heading into the final day, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are overwhelming 1/7 (1.17) favourites with Paddy Power to seal the title with victory in front of their own fans.
Having lost seven of their last 10 league fixtures, the Hammers are 16/1 (17.00) outsiders to do the Reds a huge favour by recording a shock win at the home of the champions elect.
Boasting a far superior goal difference to that of their closest rivals, a draw would also be enough to see the hosts crowned champions, and you can get odds of 7/1 (8.00) on them settling for a point here.
Any Liverpool fans harbouring hopes of Sam Allardyce’s side reviving their faltering title bid in dramatic style will want to ignore their demoralising record at this stadium, where they have lost each of the last five.
When you consider that the most recent of those defeats was a 6-0 mauling in January’s Capital One Cup tie, then the idea of anyone but City lifting the title come the final whistle on Sunday seems utterly far-fetched.
Having reached the 100-goal mark for the league season with Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, the hosts have consistently proved themselves more than capable of overcoming even the most stubborn of adversaries.
A visiting defence who recently celebrated a first clean sheet in 10 are therefore unlikely to pose too much a problem for an attack that average well over three goals a game on home turf, with odds of 11/10 (2.10) looking rather generous on Pellegrini’s team winning by at least three goals.
That bet would have paid out in three of their last five home games, and should be more than safe as they celebrate an inevitable title win in style against a West Ham team with just 15 away goals to their name all campaign.
|Man City (-2) to win for a 1pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
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