Sam Allardyce’s decision to rest several players in West Ham’s FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest backfired spectacularly as the Hammers were mauled 5-0 at the City Ground and that won’t do confidence in the camp much good as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
It’s Manuel Pellegrini’s charges that enjoy home advantage in the first leg and given how rampant they have been on their own patch this term, they could quite easily put the whole tie to bed in the opening 90 minutes.
Accordingly, City are just 1/5 with Betfred to come out on top and even kicking off a goal in arrears in Stan James’s handicaps, the hosts are 1/2 at best so it’s clear that bookies are expecting them to dominate.
It’s hard to disagree and a case can be made for a City advantage at the end of each half at 4/7 (Winner.com) while more specifically, BetVictor price Pellgrini’s troops at 7/1 to net three times without reply.
Finally, in attack, Edin Dzeko has struck in each of Manchester City’s three matches in the competition so far and likely to be given another opportunity, he’s decent value at 4/1 via Ladbrokes to break the deadlock.