Manchester United v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 11, 2018
Old Trafford - Premier League
Manchester United look to build on their derby win over Manchester City as they host the Premier League's bottom club, West Brom, on Saturday. The Baggies are without a win since January, although managed a draw in their last game, against Swansea.
First half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard secured the three points for United when the sides last met. Despite dominating possession, United struggled to take the win from West Brom, who had more shots than the away side and ensured a nervy finish thanks to a 77th minute strike from Gareth Barry.
Sergi Romero is Jose Mourinho's only injury concern this weekend, although the manager may opt to rotate his side and rest the likes of Paul Pogba, who were run ragged in the derby last week.
Nacer Chadli would well make just his fourth start this season for West Brom, and would be a major boost for the side in the remaining games. Given Gareth Barry's season ending injury last week, the return of Sam Field may also prove more important for Darren Moore's side than previously believed.
Manchester United v West Brom Preview and Prediction
The mood surrounding Old Trafford was decidedly negative last week, having been knocked out of the Champions League, and facing handing their rivals the Premier League title in the derby. However, their rousing come-back from 2-0 at the Etihad has very much changed perceptions.
With a decent lead over Liverpool, and a game in hand, second place is near guaranteed for Mourinho's side, whilst his players will be full of confidence having beaten the best side in the county. Pogba, in particular, stood out in the second half, and was in desperate need of a morale boost, having been singled out by both the media and manager in recent weeks.
This is exactly what Baggies caretaker boss Darren Moore won't have wanted, as he hopes to save his former side from relegation. West Brom won their first point in 10 games last week, and would have harboured a sliver of hope of doing the same against a downtrodden Manchester United. However, in their current form, it would take a near-miracle for the side to leave Manchester with a point, let alone three.
Paul Pogba to score anytime at 11/4
The frenchman scored twice last weekend and is very much a confidence player.
United to win and over 3.5 goals scored at 15/8
Momentum and morale should see Mourinho's players at their very best.