West Brom v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 14, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
West Brom host Manchester United on Saturday, having shut out a prolific Liverpool side in their midweek Premier League fixture. United’s narrow win over Bournemouth helped them recover from their derby loss last weekend, and they will be hungry for another win.
West Brom have been something of a bogey team for United over the past four seasons, sharing honours evenly with three wins apiece and two draws. Last season a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace gave United a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, with the return fixture ending in a goalless draw.
West Brom’s record signing Nacer Chadli has been out since November with a thigh injury. Although he's due back by the end of the month, Sunday’s game will come too early for the attacker. Likewise, right-back Craig Dawson and midfielder James Morrison are on the road to recovery, but have a couple of weeks left until they're fit to rejoin the squad.
Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick remains unavailable for United, and is yet to feature this campaign. Eric Bailly misses out with an ankle problem that could require surgery, although Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo could return to action on Sunday. Paul Pogba misses out as the influential midfielder serves the last of his three-match ban.
West Brom v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
West Brom’s draw at Anfield on Wednesday will have given Alan Pardew’s side a real boost, especially considering they kept a clean sheet against Liverpool's much-vaunted attack. The Baggies boss will aim to go one better against Manchester United and get his first win for the club, and he'll be looking to Ahmed Hegazi for another dominant performance.
United haven't been as free-scoring as Liverpool in recent weeks, but offer a very different threat to the Baggies last opponents. Instead of the speed of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Pardew’s backline will face the physical and aerial threat of Romelu Lukaku and potentially Ibrahimovic off the bench. The manager’s tactic on Wednesday of defending deep to negate his opponents pace may well place to United’s strengths, and allow the Reds to get their crosses in the box.
Jose Mourinho will have been delighted that Lukaku scored against Bournemouth, as the striker has struggled in recent games. The Belgian is very much a confidence player, and suffers when he's not scoring. The manager's more than likely to field Lukaku again at the weekend, and United's No.9 is 6/5 to score anytime. If Ibrahimovic gets on the pitch, he's priced at 13/10 to get his first goal of the season after recovering from knee surgery.
Sunday’s game is likely to be a case of attack versus defence, and the score could depend on how well West Brom’s centre-backs cope with the threat of Lukaku and Ibrahimovic. United start as favourites in the betting at 3/5, while West Brom are 6/1 and the draw's available at 13/4.
Manchester United to win 2-0 at 13/2
United will be desperate to keep on the tail of Manchester City with another three points, while West Brom’s attacking threat is minimal at the moment.
Ibrahimovic to score the last goal at 4/1
Mourinho isn't likely to start the striker, but he could be a threat off the bench so this is a decent price for him to bag the last goal of the game.