Manchester United v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League: Sat, 13/04  Stadium: Old Trafford

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Neither side are tearing up trees in front of goals in recent weeks, so 2.5 goals and under could be a sensible choice at 7/5, available with Bet365. The Hammers are struggling to score on the road at present and can be backed to fire another away day blank at 13/10 with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Champions League chasing Manchester United entertain mid-table West Ham United at Old Trafford, in a fixture that historically produces open and entertaining clashes, including a 3-1 win for the Hammers in the reverse fixture this season.

Manchester United jolted by recent results

After the euphoria of the dream run enjoyed by then caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils have been severely jolted by recent setbacks, ironically enough after the Norwegian was confirmed full time manager. A 1-0 defeat in midweek at the hands of Barcelona leaves their Champions League run hanging by a thread, and in the league a resurgent Chelsea have thrown their name back in the mix for the last two Champions league spots, alongside Arsenal and Spurs.

Recent damaging away defeats to Arsenal and Wolves, sandwiched in between an unconvincing 2-1 home win against Watford have sought to show the work still needed at Old Trafford to make Man Utd a force in the Premier League again. With a tricky run of fixtures against Everton away and Manchester City and Chelsea at home to come, the Red Devils can ill afford to drop any more points against lower league teams.

West Ham already eyeing next season?

The Hammers have continued to excite and frustrate in equal measures in recent weeks, summing up an inconsistent season that is petering out into mid-table league finish. Recent weeks has seen them beaten by London rivals Chelsea, Everton and Cardiff City all by 2-0 scorelines, with their only success in the last four games a thrilling 4-3 victory over bottom club Huddersfield Town.

A push for the potential last Europa League spot now looks beyond the Hammers as they head the wrong way down the table, and given their recent form it promises to be a rather tame end to the season for a team that started the campaign anticipating a top eight push.

Team News

The Red Devils will have to balance the demands of the return leg against Barcelona on Wednesday along with this game, but the situation is complicated by a string of injuries and suspensions. Central midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera missed the midweek game with Barca and remain doubtful, while defenders Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are also expected to miss out. Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are suspended, so Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo are in line for starts, with squad rotation likely to be kept to a minimum.

The visitors also have injury problems to contend with as Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio and Samir Nasri all struggling for fitness and none of them may even make the subs bench. They are definitely without long term absentees Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez.

United to scrape past Hammers

Despite injury and suspension problems to contend with, this is a game Manchester United can not afford to drop points in, and with that in mind they should have enough intensity to dispose of a West Ham side increasingly looking like they have one eye on their holidays. Despite their midweek loss to Barcelona, Solskjaer’s men have generally been strong at home since he took over, and expect the support of the home crowd to lift the side enough to help the hosts get over the line.

Neither side are tearing up trees in front of goals in recent weeks, so 2.5 goals and under could be a sensible choice at 7/5, available with Bet365. The Hammers are struggling to score on the road at present and can be backed to fire another away day blank at 13/10 with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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