City's away from home here, but still listed in the soccer odds at -150 to win all three points at Upton Park. The Hammers can be found in the range of +440 to +460, while the draw is at +280. What are the best sports picks we can make in this game?
Things have gone relatively as expected for the Hammers. They were hardly expected to mount a challenge for the top seven, so their current position (tied for 13th with Cardiff) isn't a shocker.
That doesn't mean West Ham will an easy victim for the giants of Manchester this weekend. Far from it.
The Hammers headed into the international break with an emphatic 3-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te, and the exciting young Ravel Morrison all scored in the second half to give West Ham the three points.
Morrison, who's already getting interest from Manchester United again, has quickly shown what kind of ability he possesses and it seems to be only a matter of time before he heads back up north. However, West Ham will try and get as much as possible out of the England Under-21 international before time runs out.
Sam Allardyce's side should also be boosted by the addition of Carlton Cole, who was signed on a free transfer over the break. Cole is very familiar with the happening at the club, but will have to prove his match fitness before he makes it into the starting XI.
Like West Ham, Manchester City was also able to go into the break fresh off a very promising result – a 3-1 win at home over a previously unbeaten Everton outfit.
Considering the Citizens had lost consecutive matches coming in – a 3-2 loss to Aston Villa in the league and a 3-1 Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich – it was a welcome performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side.
The amount of ability within the ranks in Manchester cannot be overstated – Negredo has been a fine addition and Aguero, Yaya Toure, and Samri Nasri have been playing very well as well – but the overall results under the new manager haven't been too impressive so far. Romelu Lukaku had put the Toffees into an early late, but Alvaro Negredo answered almost instantaneously to level proceedings. Sergio Aguero then put City up 2-1 right before halftime, before a Tim Howard own goal sealed the deal for the Citizens.
The team has still yet to win outside of the Etihad domestically, with losses to Cardiff and Aston Villa and a draw against Stoke.
Premier League Pick
Will the Citizens be able to secure their first away Premier League win of the new campaign? Don't be so sure.
The Hammers always seem to rise up and play well against City, as evident by last year's fixtures. The two teams tied at Upton Park and the Citizens then narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win at home later in the year.
Allardyce has proven to be shrewd with his tactics this season and we expect nothing to change this weekend. He's had a full two weeks to think about the best way to approach this one and will have something up his sleeve to disrupt the flow of the game and keep the more talented Citizens at bay.SBRForum.com's soccer message boards!