WEST HAM UNITED - MANCHESTER CITY
It was painful to watch United's performance at Middlesbrough in midweek, they were very poor and the supporters that travelled 5-600 miles on a working day, to watch that rubbish, have my sympathy !
Boss Gianfranco Zola has admitted that his players feel a little shame faced and are pleased that they have an early opportunity to get back on track. I think that they will get a little more time on the ball today, City do not have the personnel (or inclination) to play the pressing game that gave them so much trouble in the cup tie. Boro were not giving the Hammers a moment on the ball, even on the edge of their own area and the Middlesbrough work rate was incredible.
Mark Noble and James Collins are unavailable for the hosts, many West Ham fans have been calling for Noble to be dropped, so they will get their chance to see if the absence of him through suspension, sees an improvement in performance.
These two clubs are "battling" for 7th spot in the table, which is obviously not much of a prize at all, so surely we will see these two attack minded clubs at their offensive best, along with a few goals.
One player in for a torrid reception will be former Hammer Craig Bellamy, not that it will overly concern him, the highly competitive striker thrives on confrontation and is hardly a "shrinking violet". He has an incredible goal scoring record against his former clubs and has already scored against Blackburn this season and Newcasle for both City and the Hammers, he also notched a "goal" at Anfield last weekend, but this was later changed to a Arbeloa own goal, but it was Bellamy's. So he blooms in this type of atmosphere and with another two goals in the midweek UEFA Cup tie with FCK, he could hardly be in better form. His odds in the anytime goalscorer market look huge.
5 points "over" 2.75 goals 2.49 asian line
5 points Bellamy to score at anytime 3.10 Paddy Power.... 3.0 general.