With Manchester City 6-0 up from the first leg, it’s difficult to find a betting angle on the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham as it’s hard to be entirely certain about how each team will approach the fixture.
As it’s a lost cause, the Hammers are unlikely to go for it and with the contest a dead rubber both teams will undoubtedly make plenty of changes. Subsequently, as they have a stronger squad, City are worthy favourites at 2/5 courtesy of Stan James.
Sam Allardyce’s charges meanwhile, are 7/1 with bet365 to restore some pride but value looks hard to come by in the match betting given the number of variables and punters might be better served focusing on a couple of players working their way back to full fitness after injury lay-offs.
Sergio Aguero was on target for Manuel Pellegrini’s troops having come off the bench against Cardiff at the weekend and BetVictor rate the Argentine front man at 16/5 to break the deadlock at Upton Park, where he’s 8/11 (Coral) to net at any time.
However, a better bet might be West Ham’s injury-plagued striker Andy Carroll. Allardyce has already suggested that the ex-Liverpool and Newcastle man will be given some game time and in what should be an open affair he’s a generous 16/5 via Paddy Power to get on the scoresheet at some point.
Alternatively, bolder punters can tackle bwin’s 11/1 about Carroll opening the scoring.
Andy Carroll to score at any time – 16/5 (Paddy Power)