iBet: City to focus and continue awesome Etihad form
Manchester City V West Ham, kick off 12.45pm
Back Manchester City to be winning at half time and full time at even money
Back Manchester City to keep a clean sheet at 1.86 with Betfair
Manchester City will be a bit deflated after their rivals from across the city secured the Premier League title on Monday. But they need to bounce back and build momentum going into their FA Cup final clash with Wigan on May 11th, and this looks the ideal opportunity. Odds of around 1.29 for them to win the game will only interest big hitters, although in truth their home form this year suggests that’s not a bad price value wise. However, there are also sound reasons for thinking that Mancini’s men can land a couple of bets nearer the even money mark. The truth is that Manchester City have been pretty awesome at the Etihad of late. In fact since losing 3-2 there to a last-minute Robin Van Persie strike in December, they have kept nine clean sheets out of a possible ten in all competitions. In those games they have scored 27 goals and conceded only two. Indeed they boast the best home defence in the Premier League, with only 11 conceded in 16 games. And West Ham’s away form is poor – in fact they have scored even fewer that Stoke – only 10 times in 17 away games represents the lowest haul in the division and last time they played at the Etihad they didn’t muster a single shot on target.
City were something of a second half side earlier in the season, but if you had bet on them winning at half time and full time in their last 14 games you would have won nine times, suggesting anything around even money is a decent price.
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