Paddy Power specials: West Ham
- 20 January 2014 14:02
- Posted by @MCFC
Cardiff City put up a spirited performance on Saturday but they were unable to prevent Manchester City from maintaining a 100% home record in domestic games this season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also unbeaten in their last 17 games in all competitions, home and away.
Having already recorded a 3-1 win at Upton Park in the Premier League this season and holding a 6-0 aggregate lead from the first leg of this Capital One Cup semi-final, City are strong 2/5 favourites to win this game in 90 minutes.
Sergio Aguero scored two goals in that 3-1 win and has three goals in two starts against the Hammers. The Argentine frontman has scored twice coming off the bench since returning from injury and is the favourite to open the scoring at 13/5, should he start.
If he’s on the bench at kick-off then he’s still well worth backing at 13/5 to score last.
Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in City’s last four games, if he starts then there’s value in backing him at 4/1 to score first or 5/6 to score anytime.
Of course Alvaro Negredo and his 21 goals in 31 games has to be involved in this particular conversation.
The Spaniard is 7/2 to score first and 4/6 to score anytime. His physicality and aerial presence could work well against a West Ham side looking to avoid another heavy defeat.
Two of City’s last three visits to Upton Park have ended with a 3-1 away win. A repeat of that result pays out at 9/1 and would also cover Manchester City -1 goal at 5/6.
With nothing to lose, West Ham will perhaps have greater attacking license than they did in the first leg.
Sam Allardyce will also be keen not to concede another slew of goals, especially in front of the Hammers fans.
With the draw being more than good enough to secure a place in the final for City, then there’s a decent profit to be made at 15/4 if you're feeling cautious.