West Ham have been hitting the back pages for all the wrong reasons over the last week and Sunday’s trip to take on Manchester City is unlikely to give them any reasons to cheer.

The east London side already occupy the bottom three going into the clash and it would be no surprise to see their goal difference take a battering against Sergio Aguero and Co.

City to net four or more

When the away side arrives at the Etihad Stadium at a whopping 25/1, it’s difficult to find much value on Manchester City no matter how hard you look. It’s a Premier League mismatch.

The Hammers have conceded an average of three goals per game in their last three outings, with Leicester hitting them for four, Brighton for three and Liverpool for two.

Goals look an inevitability on Sunday afternoon and it could just be a case of how many. Especially as the Citizens have won their last 10 in a row against West Ham – notching 35 goals in the process.

It may not be the biggest price of the weekend, but West Ham are a broken side and City to score over 3.5 goals looks very probable at Evens as they look to get back to winning ways.

Mahrez can do Sterling job

With Raheem Sterling ruled out through injury and Aguero too short in the betting, it’s worth looking in the direction of Riyad Mahrez when it comes to finding the first goalscorer on Sunday.

The former Leicester man has netted seven in the league this season and is the most likely candidate to replace Sterling. A constant danger, he will tie the West Ham defence in knots with his skill and trickery.

West Ham’s defence have conceded nine goals in their previous three games against lesser sides than City, so this weekend could be a painful one for away fans. Back Mahrez to score first at 4/1.

One step closer to dreaded drop

City and Liverpool are West Ham’s next two fixtures and after leading 2-0 and 3-1 at home to Brighton only to blow it, life in the Championship is looking more and more likely for the Hammers.

David Moyes’ side are 6/5 to go down and with six of their next seven games coming against sides occupying the current top 10, you’d expect them to be odds-on by the end of February.

Norwich already look certain for the drop and the betting agrees at 1/12, while Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton and Watford are also down there. But West Ham’s run looks too tough.

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