Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, second right, is congratulated after scoring his sides second goal, on a penalty, during the Champions League Group A soccer match between Club Brugge and Manchester City at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
West Ham lock horns with Man City in EFL Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday at London Stadium
The visitors are a heavy -215 favorite
Read on for the odds, analysis, and prediction
A berth in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup will be on the line as West Ham welcomes current title-holders Manchester City to the London Stadium on Wednesday. The kick-off is scheduled for 2:45 PM EST.
The Citizens have won this competition four straight years after beating Spurs in the final in April. As for the Hammers, they were knocked out at the round of 16 stages in 2020/21, losing to Everton.
City is currently enjoying a 13-match unbeaten run against West Ham. In fact, their last defeat to the London outfit was in September of 2015.
West Ham vs Man City Odds
West Ham vs Man City
WHU +1.5 (-175) | MCI -1.5 (+135)
WHU +600 | MCI -215 | DRAW +360
Ov 2.5 (-150)| Un 2.5 (+120)
All odds as of October 26th at DraftKings
Tough Task for West Ham
David Moyes’ side has been in solid form, winning three straight competitive games while scoring five goals and conceding none. But, Wednesday will be an extremely tall task for the Hammers considering just how poor they’ve played against Man City. However, West Ham did put up a respectable fight against the champions last term, losing 2-1 in February then also playing to a 1-1 draw in October of 2020.
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— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 26, 2021
If one thing is for sure, the squad shouldn’t be lacking any confidence right now. West Ham is fourth in the Premier League table and sits only five points behind table-toppers Chelsea. Sunday was another fine performance from the Irons, beating Spurs 1-0. Although the visitors enjoyed the majority of the possession, Moyes’ men had more opportunities and finally capitalized in front of goal when Michail Antonio fired home a volley from an Aaron Cresswell corner in the 72nd minute.
In fact, Antonio has been absolutely clinical for his club thus far, bagging six goals and providing three assists in league play. As for the Carabao Cup, the Hammers took down a massive opposition in the last round as they ran out 1-0 winners against Manchester United at Old Trafford just days after the Red Devils beat them in a PL fixture.
Manuel Lanzini was the difference-maker in that game as he scored early in the first half. It was no easy victory though, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side registering a total of 27 attempts, but only six found the target. Now, West Ham will be looking to take down the blue side of Manchester.
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By no surprise, City has been absolutely tremendous this term. In league action, they’re only two points shy of Chelsea for top spot and have scored an impressive 20 goals. In the process, the Citizens have conceded a mere four times. Unbeaten runs for this club aren’t exactly a rare occurrence, but and Pep Guardiola’s side have secured three consecutive victories, most recently defeating Brighton at the weekend, 4-1.
City was ruthless in the final third, collecting a total of 13 shots on target against the Seagulls. It didn’t take long for them to find the scoresheet with Ilkay Gundogan putting his team up early before youngster Phil Foden netted a brace by the 31st minute. Even more frightening, arguably their most creative player in Kevin De Bruyne wasn’t even in the starting XI.
In League Cup, the Sky Blues hammered third-tier outfit Wycombe Wanderers 6-1 in the previous round with essentially a complete U21 backline. It’s expected that Guardiola will bring in the likes of John Stones and Nathan Ake on Wednesday though given the stronger opponent in West Ham. Evidently, they’re a team that City loves to play, winning 10 of their last 11 meetings. During that span, the side has fired home a mind-boggling 33 goals.
Also, the English giants are unbeaten in 21 Carabao Cup fixtures, which is the second-longest run in the competition aside from Liverpool, who won 25 between 1980 and 1984. Foden will surely be a key figure in this round of 16 clash, scoring three goals and laying on another six in his last seven EFL Cup starts.
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West Ham vs Man City Prediction
The Hammers are a strong side who are enjoying a fabulous campaign. I personally don’t think Man City is going to dismantle them, but unfortunately, the visitors will prove to be superior and continue their dominance of the hosts. Take the Citizens to secure a one-goal victory.
Pick: Man City to Win by 1 (+210)