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Manchester City Premier League party bus to crush West Ham

| 10.05.2014

The Special One may have a knack for securing trophies with negative tactics and football as drab as a Saturday night out in Stevenage, but this Sunday could provide a showcase for why Manchester City are worthy champions not only of the Premier League but football as we know it.

Priced at 1/7 to win, the Citizens must be brimming with confidence going into a home encounter with 14/1 shots West Ham – a club starting to resemble a Premier League managers’ version of death row, with Sam Allardyce approaching that last big meal.

Even a draw, on at 7/1 with the bookmakers, would be enough to see the Sky Blues named champions and given the current form of both sides, it’s difficult to argue against a home win.

Since their shock 2-2 draw with Sunderland at home, Pellegrini’s team have won four on the bounce in the Premier League, averaging exactly three goals a game during that period.

Ladbrokes is offering 11/10 on City scoring between two and three goals in this game – something they have managed in each of their last six Premier League encounters, while you can get 3/10 on over 2.5 goals being scored.

But for my money, the best value comes in the goalscorer markets, with the Sky Blues boasting an array of in-form players keen to get the title party started with a few goals of their own.

Edin Dzeko has come to the fore in recent weeks and with five goals in City’s last three league fixtures – including braces against Aston Villa and Everton – and is 5/2 to score the opener here, with the Bosnian also backed at 5/2 to score two or more.

Another man keen to get involved – as demonstrated by his late effort against Villa – is Yaya Toure, with the Ivorian 4/1 to get two goals or more and a tasty evens to score anytime.

This could also be West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s last chance to stake a claim for England with the Geordie target man 14/1 to get the first goal of the game and 5/1 to score at anytime.

But however mighty the ponytailed wonder may be, he’s unlikely to get in the way of the City title parade bus anytime soon.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.