West Ham v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 18, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
Two teams currently on eight points with the same record so far this season meet on Sunday, as West Ham host Manchester United at the London Stadium. The Hammers and the Red Devils have both won twice, drawn twice and lost once, while the visitors are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats away to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
West Ham beat United 3-1 in this fixture last season, courtesy of Felipe Anderson’s early flick, a Victor Lindelof own goal and Marco Arnautovic’s strike just after Marcus Rashford pulled one back. The Reds won the return at Old Trafford 2-1, their fourth victory in the last six meetings between the sides.
Full-back Arthur Masuaku is suspended for the home team after his red card against Aston Villa on Monday, while Michail Antonio misses out with a hamstring injury. Centre-back Winston Reid is getting very close to a return following his long-term knee injury.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to shuffle his pack after Thursday’s Europa League tie with Astana. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba could be back from injury, but defenders Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly are all sidelined.
West Ham v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
This fixture has often produced some lively encounters down the years, and this one could certainly follow suit. Manchester United’s continued rebuilding project means they remain a work in progress susceptible to upsets, while West Ham have made a decent start to the new season.
The Hammers are unbeaten since they were thrashed 3-0 at home by champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season. Pellegrini’s side are capable of playing some good stuff going forward, which they certainly showed in their comfortable victory over United in last season’s corresponding fixture.
The same match saw a goalless draw the season before, but we can expect the net to bulge this time round, with neither side looking particularly solid at the back. United have conceded in both of their away games so far this term, against Wolves and Southampton, with both matches finishing 1-1.
With a distinct lack of experience in the away team’s starting line-up, West Ham will try to get amongst the United players from the off, just like they did last term. If they’re successful in that once again, the hosts could prove excellent value at 12/5 for the win. United meanwhile are priced at 21/20, with the draw at 13/5.
Score draw at 10/3
These teams have identical records at the start of the new season, while both sides are looking far from watertight at the back.
1-1 draw at 13/2
United have drawn both of their away games so far this season 1-1, so this could be a scoreline worth your attention this weekend.