Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham United clash vs Manchester City
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has made his prediction for West Ham United’s clash against Manchester City for this Sunday [May 13] and thinks it will be tight.
The Hammers are looking to end the season on a high note after crashing out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage, as they look to finish in the European football positions once again.
But with league leaders Man City coming to the London Stadium knowing they need a result to keep Liverpool at bay in the title race, Lawro wrote in his BBC Sport predictions column that he thinks the attacking power of the champions will see them edge it in a 2-1 win.
“Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte both got injured against Wolves so it looks like Manchester City might be missing a couple more players at the back, which makes things interesting,” he said.
“It’s not so much of a problem in open play, because we know West Ham won’t have much of the ball, but if City have a makeshift defence they will have to be very careful when they defend set-pieces because the Hammers pose a real threat there.
“How they get on in those situations will be the key. It helps City that they can afford to draw here, because that way they would still finish above Liverpool if they beat Aston Villa on the final day of the season.
“I actually think they will go to London Stadium and win, though.
“It won’t be as spectacular as their 5-1 win at Molineux on Wednesday because I think West Ham will keep things tight and try to pinch it, but City’s attacking power means they should edge it.”
There may not be a tougher game in football at this current moment in time than having Man City standing opposite you on the pitch.
The Hammers won’t be expected to get three points, especially with the form of Pep Guardiola’s side. But David Moyes has always had a knack for getting big results against the grain and the fans will be right up for this game.
If there’s one thing Irons fans love is to be the party pooper and if they could have a say on the title race they would absolutely love it.
A win would see the team move level on points with Manchester United ahead of the final game of the season and would give them a huge chance to seal Europa League football for next season.
It will be difficult, but if they turn in a big performance they’re certainly capable of causing an upset and proving Lawro wrong.
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