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Man City v West Ham: Irons’ away day blues to continue

| 01.04.2013

With Manchester City having little to play for after conceding their Premier League title to neighbours United, and West Ham on a five-game unbeaten run, many could be tempted to back the Irons at 11/1 for a rare away win.

However, the Hammers have been woeful on the road this year, meaning even at 1/4, City look to provide the best value in this match-up.

Sam Allardyce’s men may have drawn with Liverpool and the newly-crowned Champions in recent weeks, and head into the game on the back of a win, but the east Londoners last secured consecutive victories in September 2012.

The Irons have, in fact, lost six of their last nine away fixtures and picked up maximum points just once in 13 ties away from the Boleyn Ground.

City, on the other hand, despite disappointing their own and neutral fans with their underwhelming attempt to retain the Premier League crown, have been formidable at the Etihad this year, losing just once to a last-minute, deflected Robin van Persie free-kick.

The Citizens have also scored in and won nine of their last 10 games and, while being outplayed and outfought for most of their 3-1 defeat to Spurs, have not lost two in a row since December.

If the visitors are to buck the trend and win only their second game in 11 meetings with City, then in-form Andy Carroll looks likely to provide the main goal threat.

The on-loan Liverpool striker has scored three and set-up two in his last five games and while he is unlikely to carry his side to a win, the giant Geordie offers good value in the goal markets at 10/1 to open the scoring and 10/3 to hit the back of the net at any time.

With Carroll looking menacing, but history pointing to a City win, many could be tempted by the 66/1 saying Carroll opens the scoring in a 2-1 home win.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.