City v West Ham: Paddy Power specials
- 06 January 2014 15:53
- Posted by @MCFC
The best odds from Paddy Power ahead of City's Capital One Cup Semi Final 1st Leg against the Hammers...
In their last fifteen meetings across all competitions with West Ham side, Manchester City have won ten times and lost just once. Add in a 100% record at the Etihad Stadium in domestic games this season, winning eleven from eleven, and the 1/5 price on a home win in this Carling Cup semi-final first leg makes a lot of sense.
With the second leg being played at Upton Park Manuel Pellegrini will want his side to build up a comfortable lead in this game. 43 goals scored in 11 domestic home games, with just six conceded, indicates they’re in the form to build that lead. Covering a number of handicap bets in the process. Manchester City -2 goals is a temptingly profitable 13/10.
There’ll be plenty of money on Manchester City -3 goals at 11/4 too. However with West Ham having suffered a 5-0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday, Sam Allardyce may put more emphasis on not conceding than attacking in this game. Happy to take Manchester City back to London with a surmountable deficit to overcome.
Both teams have scored in six of their last seven meetings and you can back it happening in this game at evens. Over 3.5 goals, also at evens, looks a solid bet given Manchester City’s goal-scoring exploits at the Etihad Stadium this season. West Ham, up to their FA Cup defeat, have been relatively tight on their travels. Only seven teams have conceded fewer away goals in the Premier League this season. A surprising statistic given their position in the relegation zone.
Yaya Toure has scored two goals in five appearances against West Ham. The Ivorian powerhouse has already hit a career high 12 goals this season and is a decent price at 6/1 to score first and 7/5 to score anytime. Alvaro Negredo is the favourite at 5/2 to add to his 15 goals this season with the opening goal. A little out of left field is Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentine scored against West Ham in a home game in 2011 and is 25/1 to score first and 15/2 to score anytime to open his account for the season.