By George Overhill

12th May, 2022 | 7:40pm

Jeff Stelling predicts result of West Ham United v Manchester City, Sky pundit disagrees

Jeff Stelling predicts West Ham to be unable to get in the way of Manchester City’s march towards the Premier League title on Sunday (15 May).

After thrashing Norwich 4-0 last weekend the Hammers are still capable of finishing in a Europa League spot ahead of Manchester United, and the Sky Sports host thinks there is an outside chance of that, but they are in “pole position” for the Europa Conference League next season.

City hammered Wolves 5-1 on Wednesday night (11 May) and are in line to retain their league title so Stelling expects them to win 2-1 at the London Stadium.

On the Sky Sports Super 6 website he says: “Manchester City will all but guarantee their fourth Premier League title in five years with a narrow win in the London Stadium against West Ham.

“David Moyes’ men are still in pole position to land a spot in seventh and that would mean the Conference League, and even if results go their way on the final day it could mean they end in a Europa League spot.

“All the focus should be on Manchester City here though, as their relentless machine pick up another victory, which would be their sixth in succession.”

Neil Mellor however expects the Irons to pick up a point in a 1-1 draw, and potentially open the door for Liverpool in the race for the top.

Big test

The Hammers have produced a massive effort to reach the Europa League semi-finals and be in contention for Europe as the season draws to a close.

There can’t be much left in terms of energy reserves, but whatever they have left has to be thrown at the league-leaders if there is hope of a recreation of the continental run next year.

The likes of Liverpool and Chelsea have come to east London this season and left empty handed but it would still be a surprise to win this one.

A visit to Brighton on the last day of the season will also be tough, so two wins would more than prove this side worthy of a place in the second-tier European competition.

But after operating all season with a thin squad and having to deal with injuries along the way, it is still an achievement to be in this position.

A point from either of the last two should cement seventh spot, and with Manchester United in sixth only having a single game to play and in dismal form the door is open if Moyes can avoid defeat in both of these matches.

In other West Ham news, the club are ready to cash in on a first-team player to sign a “key target” for Moyes.

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