With others still in pursuit of fourth, Manchester City must quickly shake themselves out of their current malaise and take three points off visiting West Ham in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.
That task will be made slightly easier by the woeful form the Hammers arrive in.
The season’s been a tale of two halves for Sam Allardyce’s men, whose brilliant form up to Christmas has since disappeared from sight, replaced by a single win in their last 10 Premier League games – with their last road triumph coming in December.
Hopes of repeating their 2-1 win at Upton Park look slim, especially if Sergio Aguero’s return to goal-scoring form continues.
The stocky Argentine ended a barren run of five top-flight fixtures without registering in fine style last time out, albeit he ended on the wrong side of the scoreline in the Manchester derby.
A typically cute Aguero finish got City off to the perfect start after just eight minutes at Old Trafford before his 100th competitive strike for the club added a consolation late in the day.
Ladbrokes customers thinking of having a flutter on this offering from Sky Sports will be delighted to find out Aguero has been boosted from 5/2 to 7/2 to grab the opener.
Looking for a 26th goal in all competitions during another prolific campaign, there’s no better candidate from either squad to begin the scoring.
In three of the last four games he has scored in, Man City’s most reliable source has drawn first blood.
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