The Opta stats suggest that West Ham won't give Man City the kind of final-day fright that QPR did two seasons ago...
"West Ham have won just one point in seven Premier League games against the top four this season."Best Bet: Back Man City to score three or more goals @ 1.75/7
Man City v West Ham, Sunday 15:00, Sky Sports 1, Match Odds: Man City 1.192/11, West Ham 18.017/1, The Draw 9.417/2
West Ham have won just one point in seven Premier League games against the top four this season
The Opta database is teeming with reasons to believe that Man City will secure their second Premier League title in three years without giving Liverpool or and Sky Sports subscribers the merest glimpse of the drama that they crave. Opta reveal that the champions elect have lost just once in 13 league meetings with West Ham, winning nine. The Irons' feeble record when travelling to the blue part of Manchester has carried over from Maine Road to the Etihad Stadium, with only two victories arriving in their last 25 visits.
Opta list two further factors to doom the Londoners: Man City are the division's most successful hosts, with 16 wins from 18, and West Ham's loss count for 2013/14 (19) is the joint-second worst it has ever been in a Premier League campaign. Back to the bolded point about their poor figures against the top four, they conceded three or more goals in five of the seven clashes with the elite, as well as their three collisions with Man City in all competitions this term. Additionally, the hosts have blasted three or more past six of the eight teams directly below West Ham at the Etihad.
Best Bet: Back Man City to score three or more goals @ 1.75/7
Yaya Toure (20) is only the second central midfielder to score 20-plus goals in a single Premier League season after Frank Lampard
Man City's Ivorian destroyer has been magnificent since August, but the clearest indication of his class is that he is as effective now as he was when at his freshest, netting seven times in his last eight appearances, including that glorious late effort against Aston Villa in midweek. Toure has also struck in each of his club's last two home matches against West Ham and will be confident of boosting his tally against opponents that have leaked 12 goals in three 2013/14 showdowns with the leaders.
Recommended Bet: Back Toure to score @ 2.1211/10
Andy Carroll has fired five Premier League goals past Man City; more than against any other side
The irony of Brendan Rodgers being reliant on the forward that he couldn't wait to ditch when he was appointed by Liverpool in 2012 won't be lost on big AC, though the Geordie giant will be eager to notch for selfish reasons anyway as he fights for a place in Monday's England World Cup squad. Carroll's two goals since returning from injury both came on the road, and West Ham have scored on their last three league trips to the Etihad.
Recommended Bet: Back Carroll to score @ 6.611/2