West Ham may have never won a Premier League showdown at Eastlands against Manchester City, but they desperately need to end this steak this season in order to support their fading survival hopes.
Four straight defeats have seen West Ham slip to the foot of the Premier League standings and they are now two points from safety with four games remaining.
It is 7/1 in the Premier League odds that the Hammers beat Manchester City, but there are two other factors that do not give their chances much of a boost.
Manchester City have gone seven league games without tasting defeat at home, which is a run that stretches back into 2010.
Meanwhile, they are almost certainly going to be without influential midfielder Scott Parker again, as he is still troubled by an Achilles problem.
Manchester City’s odds are 4/9 to beat West Ham, even though they have failed to claim back-to-back victories since New Years’ Day.
West Ham would probably be content with a draw as this is the toughest of their four remaining games and this result can be backed at 10/3.
West Ham will be pleased to hear that Carlos Tevez is still not ready for a first-team return, but they may still need to be weary of Edin Dzeko.
Dzeko finally netted his first league goal for Manchester City in the win at Blackburn and this shot of confidence may lead to the start of a scoring spree.
It is 3/1 that Dzeko strikes the opener against West Ham and 4/6 that he hits the target at any point within the 90 minutes.
West Ham require a reliable goal source over their closing games and this could be Robbie Keane, who is 9/1 to break the deadlock at Eastlands.
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