Without dusting off the history books and scouring the internet for hours on end, we’re willing to bet that it’s not often after five games of the Premier League season that you can define West Ham as the top flight’s deadliest side. With Big Sam Allardyce’s long-ball football a distant memory, Hammers fans have been treated to such attacking delights as Dimitri Payet in full flow, making defenders look as foolish as Gareth Bale’s haircut.
But Slaven Bilic’s side are indeed the most potent attacking force in the top flight this season. They’ve bagged 11 goals in five games – level with Manchester City and Leicester – however West Ham’s 11 goals have come from just 57 shots giving them a conversion rate of 19.3 per cent. No team in the Premier League is as accurate as West Ham, who have proved they’re as deadly as a wet fart in white pants this term.
Unfortunately for the Hammers, on Saturday evening they come up against the league’s meanest defence. Manuel Pellgrini’s men are the only side in England’s seven top divisions who are yet to concede a goal this season, keeping five clean sheets on the spin. City have allowed their opponents an average of just nine attempts on goal a game, while Joe Hart has only been called into action to make a save on seven occasions this season.
So who comes out on top when an unstoppable force meets an ummovable object? Bar rolling a tractor tire down a hill and into a stationary Steve Bruce, it’s hard to know for certain, but we’ve got a hunch that although West Ham will score, City should just edge it.
The Citizens have won the last 10 matches against West Ham in all competitions at home, and they have enough quality in their side to make that 11 on the spin come Saturday evening. A minor midweek hiccup against an under-performing Juventus side showed that Pellegrini’s side is vulnerable, and that’s why we’re siding on West Ham at least giving the travelling support something to cheer.
- Manchester City have scored exactly two goals at home to West Ham in the league in each of the last four seasons. They are to score exactly two goals once again.
- In West Ham’s last nine Premier League trips to Manchester City, both teams have scored in five of them – a 56 per cent strike rate. It’s for both teams to find the onion bag on Saturday night.
- Three of those nine matches have ended 2-1 to Manchester City, a very tempting punt this weekend.
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