West Ham to shock Man City? A first 0-0 in four years at home for Arsenal? Our betting expert ‘Jones Knows’ makes his Premier League predictions to find some angles to consider for the weekend action.
West Ham vs Manchester City, Saturday – 12.30pm
This match provides a bit of a conundrum for betting-focused fellows like myself when tasked with making a score prediction. Do I think Manchester City are the more likely winners? Of course. But 4/11 with Sky Bet is skinny up against the Hammers who are fast becoming a throwback to David Moyes’ impressive Everton side: powerful, direct and possessing quality in the right areas.
It’s the type of team City can struggle against.
Furthermore, my eyes haven’t been completely taken with Pep Guardiola’s boys so far this season. Their intensity seems to be more ‘lemon and herb’ than ‘extra hot’ and an expected goals return of only 5.28 from their four games this season isn’t very Manchester City at all. A theory backed up by a very mediocre performance in the Champions League in midweek where a 3-1 win flattered them over Porto. Plus, the inspirational Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt.