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7 reasons why we should all #PrayForBigSam

Sam Allardyce takes his West Ham side to face Manchester City in the Etihad tonight. They need all the help they can get...

by Josh Powell | January 8, 2014

Tonight West Ham face the daunting task of heading to the Etihad to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. Bayern Munich are the only team to escape from their with a result this season, and it’s fair to say that West Ham aren’t quite in the same class as the reigning Champions League holders.

Even more concerning for Big Sam Allardyce’s future is that his opposing manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised to send out his best team, despite City’s tricky away trip to Newcastle this weekend.

Throw in a defensive injury crisis for the Hammers, the signing of relegation-hound Roger Johnson and the recent 5-0 hammering by Nottingham Forest and suddenly West Ham fans are relying on a bit of divine inspiration.

Here are seven reasons why we should all take a minute this evening to #PrayForBigSam.

Carlton Cole dejected

1. City have scored 53 goals at home in all competitions, averaging just short of four goals a game

2. 85 per cent of the sides Man City have beaten at home, have lost by a minimum of two goals

3. Pellegrini’s side have scored 10 goals in three League Cup games this year

4. At home to bottom half teams this season, City have won all three of their games, scoring 11 goals and conceding none. Zilch. Nada

Silva and Aguero celebrate

5. West Ham have lost six of their last seven games away from home, and four of those defeats were by two goals or more

6. Since defeat to Bayern Munich in October, Man City have averaged a goal every 22 minutes at the Etihad

7. As a team Manchester City have had 190 shots at the Etihad this year in the league, scoring 38 times. That gives them a conversion rate of 20 per cent – the highest in the league

  • You can still pray for the Hammers, but it might be financially wise to back Man City. Get the latest odds here: Desktop | Mobile

The stats suggest it would take a miracle for West Ham to come away from Manchester with a result tonight. It’s a shame the match has come just slightly too early for this man…


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