class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Boasting a dominant record against this opposition, Al Hain-Cole is backing Guardiola's men to record a high-scoring EFL Cup victory over the Hammers
After knocking out Manchester United in the last round, West Ham will be hoping to upset neighbours Manchester City when they meet at the Etihad Stadium in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash.
The Hammers come into this clash in strong form, having won six of their last seven matches in all competitions.
West Ham vs Manchester City latest odds
However, they are 6/1 (7.0) outsiders with bet365 to extend that run by pulling off their first victory over this opposition in 13 meetings.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s men have won 10 and lost none of those last 12 encounters and are 9/20 (1.45) favourites to come out on top once again.
The hosts did manage to secure a draw the last time these sides met here last season, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them forcing a penalty shootout after another stalemate in this one.
West Ham vs Manchester City goalscorer
Michail Antonio scored in both matches against this opposition last season and looks a tempting 9/1 (10.00) first goalscorer bet considering he has struck seven times in 10 fixtures this season, with Jarrod Bowen a 12/1 (13.0) shot after scoring in two of the last four matches.
Riyad Mahrez is a decent 11/2 (6.50) bet to break the deadlock as he has hit the net eight times in nine games for club and country, although youngster Cole Palmer could provide even better value at 8/1 (9.0) following his goal in the last round.
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West Ham vs Manchester City preview
Despite their excellent start to the campaign, it is hard to back the Hammers to cause an upset considering their woeful record against this opposition.
What’s more, the Citizens have a history of fielding unusually strong line-ups in this competition – a policy that has seen them lift the trophy in each of the last four seasons.
Nevertheless, West Ham can at least back themselves to make life difficult for a visiting defence that has kept just one clean sheet in five after getting on target in all but one of their 13 games this season.
West Ham vs Manchester City predictions
With this in mind, 11/10 (2.10) odds seem generous on City coming out on top in their fourth successive away game to feature over 2.5 goals.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.