Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion Match Predictions and Betting Tips
March 28, 2017
Saturday 1 April – Old Trafford – Premier League
It’s back to Premier League action for Manchester United as the Old Trafford club continue their assault on the top four. Despite a couple of recent hiccups, West Brom will arrive at Old Trafford on the back of a fantastic season so far. This means the odds could be on a tight encounter in this three o’clock kick off.
Manchester United unsurprisingly have had the better of Premier League meetings between the two teams, winning 14 of the 21 games played. The Reds beat West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns earlier this season, however the Baggies have won three and draw one of the last seven against their more illustrious opponents.
After both goals against West Brom earlier in the campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses out this time round. The striker serves the final match of his three-game suspension, while Ander Herrera is also banned. Jose Mourinho’s midfield options have been further hampered by an injury to Marouane Fellaini on international duty, while Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney remain doubts.
For West Brom, Tony Pulis will no longer be able to call on stalwart Jonas Olsson. The defender has been allowed to return home to Sweden and join Djurgarden with immediate effect. The boss will be looking for his nine internationals to return injury-free, including Jake Livermore who will be buoyed by his start for England against Germany.
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion Preview and Predictions
Jose Mourinho won’t be too happy about his ever-thinning squad after Fellaini, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones picked up knocks on international duty. Manchester United will be odds-on favourites though to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The Reds haven’t tasted defeat in the league since October, and are 1/3 to maintain this record on Saturday. However, the run has seen some disappointing draws, especially at home against the likes of Burnley, West Ham, Stoke, Hull and Bournemouth. It’s not at all out of the question for West Brom to add their name to this list, and the Baggies are a tempting 4/1 to do just that.
This price seems even more generous considering West Brom’s last outing in the Premier League, when they blew away Arsenal in a convincing 3-1 victory. This was Pulis’ first win against a top six side this season, and you can get a price of 11/1 for the Midlanders to add United’s scalp to this. With Mourinho’s men struggling for goals and deprived of the mercurial Ibrahimovic, most predictions see this one being tight.
Goalless draw at 14/1
With so many players on international duty and the hosts suffering something of a selection crisis, this is a great price for a scoreless stalemate.
Draw/Man United half time/full time at 7/2
It’s not hard to envisage a slow start from the Reds as they return to Premier League duty. However, they could take the three points in the second half to continue their charge for the top four.