Free Soccer Picks & Tips for West Ham vs. Manchester City

Nila Amerova

Monday, January 20, 2014 7:17 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 7:17 PM GMT

Manchester City is Wembley bound; their semi-final second leg with West Ham United a mere formality. So where are the value soccer betting picks to be had?

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Hammers Hammered

Manchester City hammered West Ham United 6-0 at the Etihad, all but sealing their safe passage into the League Cup final.  The second leg of their tilt at Boleyn Ground on Tuesday is but a mere formality. There isn’t a Hail Mary of a chance West Ham United would reverse this tie in their favour in order to advance, a fact evinced by the absence of a 6-0 score for West Ham United in sports betting markets. Clearly, that outcome is as unlikely as the sun failing to rise next morning.

This doesn’t mean that West Ham United can’t win this match, a prospect that is listed at rather long soccer odds of +700 at Bet365. There is the small matter of saving face before their fans that could motivate them towards the unlikely win over Man City. But will their hearts be in it enough to rise to the occasion? When this competition is done and done for them and when they need to be mindful of their Premier League campaign, which is in dire straits at the moment, sat in the relegation queue in 18th place with a 4-6-12 mark and 18 points, level on points with both Sunderland and Cardiff City.

It’s not only a question of whether they’ll be bothered but whether they’ll even be able to orchestrate an upset over Man City. Then again, it’s expected that with Premier League survival now hanging in the balance Sam Allardyce would rather opt for a second-tier side for this clash instead of risk his firsts.

Granted Manuel Pellegrini is also expected to field a second-tier side for this clash but obviously that hasn’t deterred bookies from installing the Sky Blues as the runaway favourites at -250 to win outright or thereabouts depending on the sportsbook of choice. You also have to consider that Man City’s reserves if pitted against West Ham’s reserves would be just as much of a mismatch as the firsts of both teams were in the first leg.

That Man City are expected to take it easy against West Ham United does open the notional door for Sam Allardyce’s lads to deposit a respectable account. The fact that Man City doesn’t need to win this match at all could open said notional door even further, allowing the Hammers to take it one step further and win. The idea being that unless the unthinkable happens and the Hammers score enough to challenge Man City’s invitation to Wembley then would Man City feel pressure to win it.

But those are a lot of ifs, buts and unconfirmed conditionals, none of which are certain at this point in time. What we do know is that sportsbooks are persuaded wholeheartedly towards Man City. As well, Man City haven’t lost a fixture since early November, which underscores market confidence in them here. Besides, why would they mar their sublime record with an unnecessary defeat to a lightweight West Ham, a defeat that could send the wrong message to their rivals across all competitions.

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West Ham United vs. Man City betting tips and picks:

Sportsbooks are heavily backing Man City to win this match and it’s hard to stand against such conviction without anything concrete to base a contrarian outlook. Therefore, Man City at -250 to win outright does appear to be the smart soccer pick.

Now to add angles for profit soccer bettors should consider some of the periphery soccer betting markets. Here are a few we’ve sorted for you:

Given Man City’s penchant for goals, this game is likely to go Over 2.5, which is listed at -225. As well, Man City to continue their dominant form can also be expressed by backing them to win both halves at -105 at Bet365. Alternatively, Man City on the handicap at -1 +100 is another sound option that surely will come through to pay dividends. More soccer betting angles are available at your online sportsbook of choice of course.

Soccer Picks: Man City to win outright at -250; Over 2.5 at -225

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