Premier League Betting Tips for Manchester City vs. West Ham

Nila Amerova

Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:06 PM GMT

Manchester City take on West Ham United on the final day of Premier League needing either a win or a draw to clinch the Premier League title. Join us as we preview this clash and deliver select soccer free picks for your betting thrills.

Manchester City All but Clinch Title
Manchester City took a huge step towards the Premier League title with a commanding 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday. Now only West Ham United stand in their way of becoming champions, a happenstance matched at whopping -5000 soccer odds at Bet365.

Manchester City are sitting atop the league with a 26-5-6 record and 83 points. They have a two-point edge and a huge advantage on goal differential over the Reds, which means they really need only a draw to clinch the title. As a result, Liverpool have seen their odds to win the Premier League title drift to +1600 soccer odds at Bet365. The only way the Reds will become champions is if West Ham United somehow manage to beat Man City and, at the same time, Liverpool beat Newcastle United.

West Ham United are sat pretty in 12th place in the table on the back of an 11-7-19 record and 40 points. They are safe for another season of top-flight and certain to finish outside the Top 10, which means as far as incentive goes there isn’t any save for taking on the role of spoilers. Easier said than done at the Etihad where many have come and gone decimated and a little worse for wear.

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Man City vs. West Ham United Match Betting Tips and Picks:
After the roller-coaster Premier League season, with several significant shifts in the balance of power at the top of the table, the hierarchy seems to have taken its final shape in the penultimate round. Man City are in the driver’s seat and it’s hard to see them relinquish control.

Knowing that they need only a draw technically to clinch the title should relieve some of the pressure on this game, although they’ll probably play to win regardless, which is being matched at -800 soccer odds or thereabouts across sportsbooks.

West Ham United strike an unconvincing figure on the board with +1400 soccer odds to deliver the upset at the Etihad. Indeed, even forcing a draw is listed at hefty +800 soccer odds. Given West Ham United’s form on the season as well as their recent form – having lost four of their last five fixture – a this market stance is hardly surprising.

That said they did assume the role of spoilers when they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, a result that keeps Man United’s hopes of a Top 6 finish alive at +1200.  Perhaps they have another improbably act in them yet.

Man City have been firing at all cylinders recently. The four goals they scored against Aston Villa brings up their netted total in the last four games up to 12 goals and overall tally on the season to 100. Predictably, sportsbooks are listing the Over 2.5 at hefty -333 and in correct score betting markets the 3-0 score is best priced at +750. It’s interesting to note that the next best priced score is 2-0 to Man City at +800 and a 2-1 score is going for +850 while a 4-0 score is going for +900 at Bet365.

Soccer Betting Verdict: West Ham United will have all to do to stop the Man City juggernaut on Sunday. Common wisdom suggests it’s highly improbable that they will. This doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The season has been up and down after all, so it’s quite possible that we would have one final twist. But it’s hard to look past Man City when they seem to be back on stride and playing sublime football. Therefore, Man City to win outright on your soccer picks is the smart choice. To add value to this soccer pick, take a stab at some of the outside markets such as the Over 2.5 at -333 and the 2-1 score at +850 or 3-0 score at +800.

Soccer Free Picks: Man City to win outright at -800

Additional Recommended Picks:
Over 2.5 at -333
2-1 at +850 or 3-0 at +800