West Ham vs. Manchester City Pick – EPL Gameweek 1 – Aug. 10th

While the Premier League officially got underway Friday afternoon from Anfield with Liverpool taking on Norwich City, a full slate awaits passionate soccer fans ranging from early Saturday AM into the afternoon. It’s a loaded schedule for arguably the best domestic soccer league in the world, and as mentioned before – we will have all of your EPL betting needs covered right here at The Sports Geek.

Yesterday we focused on a mismatch game between Liverpool and Norwich City, but the weekend action should bring us some more closely contested clashes, providing us with even more betting action and value on the board.

To kick Saturday off we will begin with a cracker of a fixture as a revamped West Ham United hosts last year’s title winners – Manchester City. Both sides only strengthened their sides this off-season and while the Citizens are again the clear favourities to repeat, West Ham too have aspirations for a spot within the coveted European qualifications. With so much attacking talent on display, this match should be a pretty good wake-up treat for soccer fans on Saturday morning.

As always, read on below the posted BetOnline odds for a detailed match preview, tactical analysis, and wager for Man City vs. West Ham.

West Ham United vs. Manchester City Betting Odds:

West Ham United (+950)
Manchester City (-385)
Draw (+460)

West Ham United +2 (-145)
Manchester City -2 (+125)

Over 3 (-130)
Under 3 (+110)

West Ham United vs. Manchester City Pick:

This should be an explosive match to begin what is expected to be a thrilling Saturday of Premier League action. Both teams can flat out move the soccer ball and put it in the back of the net. Don’t expect West Ham to be fearful of Manchester City, as there’s a lot of familiarity between the two sides. For starters, the Hammers’ bench boss Manuel Pellegrini was the former coach of Manchester City before Pep Guardiola took over. He is quite the tactician and is certainly aware of the talent the Blues possess. That said, his style has always been an all-out attack and with the skill and quality West Ham have at their disposal, expect it to be on full display come Saturday morning.

The Hammers had an ambitious off-season and they’re looking to make an early season statement. After all, they didn’t spend all that money on attacking players only to sit back and defend in their first match. There’s a ton of optimism right now in East London, and this is especially true when you consider the quality brought into the club. Sebastian Haller is a good bet for 15 goals up front, while Pablo Fornals is an unbelievable playmaker from the midfield and should go head-to-head with Man City’s new signing Rodri in what should be a key battle.

City enter with a rightful swagger to their game. They’re the best side in England and likely the world at the moment. They are fresh off a Community Shield victory over Liverpool last Sunday and unlike the Hammers, there aren’t all that many changes to an already elite side. There’s a business-like familiarity within the side, and despite some immediate injury concerns – Pep Guardiola’s squad has the depth to withstand such injuries.

On Saturday Man City will likely be without Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy, and Aymeric Laporte. The latter two are big losses on the defense, and as we saw last week vs. Liverpool – City seemed a tad vulnerable at the back when getting pressured. The left-back Zinchenko is in line to start for Manchester City, and this will likely be an area that can be exploited by West Ham. Expect the Hammers to target this side of the pitch with speedy play from the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere.

Expect an exciting match with both teams finding the back of the net. There’s too much attacking quality among both sides, and questions can currently be asked of both club’s respective defensive units. City will escape with a victory but it won’t be easy as the Hammers will test them with their heralded attack. For those reasons I think the Over 3 (-130) is worth strong consideration on Saturday. Both squads are too loaded to

not score, and early in the season we should see a free-flowing, wide-open clash.

My Pick
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.