West Ham v Man City: Hammers can inflict City’s first league loss

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West Ham prepare to entertain a Man City side who have not started this season in anywhere near the same all-conquering fashion with which they began the previous campaign.

That being said, Roberto Mancini’s men are the only team still waiting to taste defeat in the Premier League and head to east London as 4/6 favourites to claim the spoils.

The 4/1 price slapped on the hosts, however, could be worth a flutter as the Citizens have looked dodgy at the back and a little void of ideas up front at times. Couple this with the fact that none of the previous 15 visitors to the Boleyn Ground have managed to keep West Ham at bay and it’s not impossible to imagine Mancini contemplating league defeat number one come Saturday evening.

Despite having the odd troublesome spell up top, City have not failed to get on the scoresheet once this term.

These commendable efforts open up a range of profitable options for punters in the both teams to score and match result market.

A Hammers win with both keepers beaten is a dizzying 7/1, while the same format favouring the champions pays out at 12/5. Even the score draw at 10/3 is worth a punt, such is the difficulty in deciding which way this one will swing.

The visitors have often reserved their best football for second halves of games this season, particularly in the league. They’ve been level at half time in each of the last three, picking up winners after the break in their last two.

For them to get a winner in the second 45 after going in all square pays out at 7/2, while it’s 20/1 for them to overturn a West Ham half-time lead after a Mancini dressing down at the interval.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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