West Ham v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 25, 2018
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West Ham welcome Manchester United to the London Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, after both sides drew at the weekend. The point the Hammers got was much more satisfying for their manager than the one Jose Mourinho picked up though.
West Ham haven’t beaten United since their last game at Upton Park, a hugely entertaining 3-2 victory. The Red Devils have won three of the five meetings since, including a 4-0 success at Old Trafford last season. The Hammers got a point in the return fixture though, courtesy of a goalless draw.
Marko Arnautovic is a doubt for West Ham after missing their game against Chelsea at the weekend. Javier Hernandez is also in a race to be fit to face his former club, while fellow striker Andy Carroll is out. He joins Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid on the treatment table.
Marcus Rashford misses this game for the visitors as he serves the final game of a suspension he picked up for his a with Phil Bardsley. Nemanja Matic returns from a ban of his own though, while Ander Herrera could return from injury too. Marcos Rojo is expected to miss out.
West Ham v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Neither of these two teams have started the new season how they would’ve liked, making Manchester United’s trip to West Ham another big game for both sides. That could make it unpredictable, but it could also mean we’re in for a lively encounter.
After finally securing their first win of the campaign with an impressive performance at Everton, West Ham followed it up with a point that ended Chelsea’s 100% record. There’s no let up for the Hammers though, with another member of the big six on their way to the London Stadium this weekend.
West Ham are 39/10 for the win, which would do wonders for their confidence. United, meanwhile, are available at 4/5, and they look anything but confident at the moment. They were ponderous in attack once more against Wolves last weekend, dropping two more points to the newly-promoted side.
The Red Devils are already eight points behind early pacesetters Liverpool, and this season looks like it’s going to be a scrap to finish in the top four. With that in mind, a point wouldn’t be a great result for the visitors, but it’s priced at 14/5 in the betting for this game.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 7/2
The Belgian international is in good nick this season, with seven goals in nine appearances for club and country. He looks as likely a source as any for the first goal.
Manchester United to win to nil at 9/4
Before the draw at Old Trafford at the weekend, United produced three encouraging away wins in a row to ease the pressure on Mourinho, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion. This bet will look more attractive if Arnautovic isn’t fit to play.