West Ham v Manchester United
Premier League - Thursday, May 10th, 7.45 pm BST
Victory at Leicester City last weekend preserved West Ham United’s Premier League status and they look to celebrate that with a win over Manchester United. It’s a tall order; the Hammers haven’t won back-to-back Premier League fixtures all season.
Manchester United meanwhile are stumbling, and perhaps more vulnerable to a surprise defeat than before. Then again, this is a side which lost to West Brom at home so do defeats come any more surprising than that?
West Ham, relaxed now the pressure of survival is lifted, may play with the verve traditionally associated with the East End club. Manchester United, still needing points, are not so relaxed. Will the Hammers prevail?
Our match preview includes the best value betting tip and all the latest team news for what is normally a feisty encounter.
West Ham United
The Hammers ended a run of four without a win (D2, L2) with the defeats coming against Arsenal and Manchester City. Prior to that, it was one win in four again; this time with three defeats all by a three-goal margin.
At home, David Moyes team are in better shape than appears at first glance. Two defeats in four – Burnley and Manchester City – is actually two defeats in eight (W3, D3) with five games seeing them concede under 1.5 goals.
Where their form this season brings concern is the matches against the top seven so far which has seen West Ham win one and draw one but lose four and concede three in each of those defeats. It might be a bad night if United keep to that form.
Antonio, Byram, Obiang and Reid are all out for the Hammers with James Collins likely to be on the bench. Marko Arnautovic has a minor knock but is expected to start.
Defeat against Brighton brought a scathing attack on his forwards from Jose Mourinho. The United boss will want Romelu Lukaku back in the line-up to solve his goal-shy attack. With Marouane Fellaini out, there is more pressure on the Belgian striker to recover than before.
United come into the match on something of a stumble. Three defeats in their last six – coupled with three wins – must make Mourinho wonder which United will turn up. All three of those defeats were to nil while the three wins saw them scored two or more goals on each occasion. It’s feast or famine.
To finish second, they need a point, and this is a team which hasn’t drawn a Premier League away match in nine outings (W5, D3) and only has three away draws all season. Goals are also in short supply in United matches; six of the last eight featured under 2.5 goals although the other saw over 4.5 goals. Everything, it seems, with United is feast or famine!
With one win in the last 17 meetings between the two, West Ham have every right to be wary of claiming a victory before kick-off. United have won 10 of those matches, with six drawn. Recent form suggests a draw, but with Jose Mourinho’s team needing the points, an away win seems likeliest.
Correct Score Betting Tip, West Ham 0 – 2 Manchester United @ odds of 9.50
Over / Under Goals Betting Tip, Under 2.5 @ odds of 1.95
1x2 1st Half Betting Tip, Draw @ odds of 2.15
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