Old Trafford - Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top-four chasing Manchester United host West Ham at Old Trafford this weekend, in Saturday’s late kick-off. The Red Devils only have a couple of days to recover and prepare for this game after a big Champions League match on Wednesday night.
West Ham won their first game in six against United earlier this season, beating the Reds 3-1 at the London Stadium. United won three in four before that, and cruised to a 4-0 victory when the teams clashed at Old Trafford last term.
The hosts have problems at the back coming into this game, which isn’t good news with continued question marks over their defence. Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are suspended, while Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are injured and Eric Bailly is a doubt. At the other end of the pitch, Alexis Sanchez could be in line to make his comeback from injury.
West Ham have had lots of injury problems all season, but Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri could be back for this game. Carlos Sanchez is nearing a return to action following a long-term injury, but Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko and Winston Reid are set to miss the rest of the campaign.
Manchester United v West Ham United Preview and Predictions
United need to arrest the decline in their form ASAP, or they’re going to miss out on the top four. West Ham meanwhile also have European aspirations on their minds, although those could quickly evaporate if they lose this game.
The Hammers head into this weekend’s Premier League action five points behind seventh-placed Leicester City, although the Foxes are at home to Newcastle on Friday night. West Ham are likely to need a win here to stay in touch, but that appears unlikely.
United haven’t tasted defeat in their last 13 games at Old Trafford in the league, with their only defeat coming against Tottenham back in August. West Ham meanwhile have lost six of their last seven away games, failing to score in each of those defeats.
The Reds are also unbeaten in their last 13 home games against West Ham, winning 10 of those. They may have a long, hard night against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Solskjaer’s side are the heavy favourites to pick up the win in this one.
United are 2/5 to take the points, while West Ham are the 15/2 underdogs coming into this Saturday evening fixture. If you think the Hammers can claim a respectable draw to back up their victory over United earlier in the campaign, that’s priced at 4/1.
United to win and BTTS at 9/5
United have only kept one clean sheet in seven home games under Solskjaer, but they should have enough to get the win.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 17/5
The Belgian striker broke the deadlock in last season’s corresponding fixture and went on to score a brace against the Hammers.