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Rupert Wyman 30th Apr 2011 - 12:38

City set to Hammer West Ham

Many people believed West Ham should have been relegated in 2007 during the Carlos Tevez affair and they will be hoping Man City can beat the London club and hammer another nail in their Premier League coffin.

The Hammers stayed up at the expense of Sheffield United thanks to Carlos Tevez's goals but he was signed ineligibly and when the Hammers weren't docked points the Yorkshire club fate was sealed.

Tevez will be absent for this one with injury but that won't stop City turning them over on Sunday and make their overdue descent to the Championship imminent.

They are 2/5 to be relegated. That will be a disaster for the club before their move to the Olympic Stadium so they will be desperate to cause what would be a massive shock at Eastlands.

Not surprisingly Man City are big favourites for the three points at 4/11. The draw is 7/2 whilst a West Ham win is 8/1.

City need the points for very different reasons. They are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time and need a win to hold off the challenge of Spurs and Liverpool. They should beat the hapless Hammers and are 1/12 to finish the season in the top four.

They've been boosted by making the cup final after beating their old rivals United and there should be a party atmosphere at the City of Manchester Stadium.

West Ham have a terrible record against City. In their last fourteen meetings they've only managed to score eight times. They're 3/4 to fail to score in this one. City have won their last four games without conceding a goal. It's 6/5 they do it again.

City have been on fine form at Eastlands winning six and drawing once in their last seven games.  You have to expect that form to continue and the 10/11 that they're winning at both half-time and full-time can pay for your bank holiday Monday beers.

One bright spot for the Hammers this season has been on the form of Scott Parker. He will be missing for this one though making their hopes look even more forlorn.

Edin Dzeko came off the bench on Monday to score the only goal against Blackburn. That goal could well have won him a return to the starting line-up. He is 7/2 to score first and 12/1 to score a hat-trick.  It's 25/1 that he scores in a 1-0 win for the home side.

If you fancy City to dominate the game but are put off by the short odds then you can back them to win both halves at a tempting 17/10. They're 17/5 to win by two goals or more.

West Ham without their talisman Scott Parker are a poor team and with City boosted by their recent results I expect them to see off the Hammers without many problems. In fact, I think they put on a show at Eastlands.

Man City to win by four or more goals is 6/1 and I would suggest a small stake on that one. In the correct score market I would split the stakes between 4-0 (14/1), 5-0 (33/1) and 6-0 (80/1).

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