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Nic Ladds 27th Sep 2009 - 11:20

City set to give Zola a Hammering

After a mightily impressive but ultimately useless performance in the 4-3 defeat to Manchester United, Mark Hughes will hope his Manchester City side can justify odds of 2/5 to see off 7/1 West Ham.

Before playing two of the big four, Arsenal and Man Utd, City had the most miserly defence in the league which has since been breached with six goals in two Premier League games, but the Hammers will not pose quite as much of a threat.

Gianfranco Zola's side are still searching for their first win since the opening day of the season and their plight has not been helped through injuries which have seen the leaky defence concede six goals in their last two games in all competitions.

As a result, over two match goals is sure to be popular at 8/13 as is Man City to score in both halves at 5/6 which looks a good bet as everyone wants to be in the side so will play the whole 90 minutes to impress Hughes and they are that explosive going forward that goals can come flooding in.

Adding to West Ham's likely misery is the fact that they have scored just two goals in their last six matches with City, and that they have never scored more than one goal in a Premier League game at City, so the best they could hope for may be to scrape a 1-0 win at 12/1.

They are so unlikely to keep City out though that this just doesn't look plausible and if we take in to account that the home side have not drawn a home game since March 2008 we can rule out 1-1 at 13/2 and indeed the match draw at 10/3.

The Sky Blues to win 3-1 is as short as 9/1 and a wager on 4-0 and 4-1 score lines both at 18/1 could be worth an interest.

Craig Bellamy could be the man to return to haunt the Hammers and do the damage at 4/1 for first goal while another from West Ham man Carlos Tevez at 9/2 will also fancy his chances and with the likes of Stephen Ireland (2/1 to score anytime) and Gareth Barry (11/2 to score anytime) providing able support, the home side could really start to fly.

Carlton Cole and Zavon Hines could trouble the City defence with their pace and they have at times looked a little disorganised and complacent and 9/1 and 10/1 respectively about the pair to score the first goal could be a fair bet if the home defence does not have their heads in the game from the off.

It is so hard to make a case for West Ham with current form and the stats going against them and they may be able to lead at half time at a big 13/2 which also bring in to play Man City to come from behind and win at 6/1 but those would bets for optimistic punters.

With City having only played five games they have two in hand of the teams at the top and they can get another and continue their assault in to the upper echelons of the Premier League.


Man City to win 4-1 - 18/1

Man City to score in both halves - 5/6


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