West Ham v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 07, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
Thanks to their win at Leicester, West Ham face Manchester United in the knowledge that whatever the score they are safe from relegation. United didn't fair so well in their last game, and fell to a 1-0 defeat to Brighton, however, have second place secured regardless.
Manchester United absolutely hammers the Hammers in the reverse fixture, with a Romelu Lukaku double and goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba making short work of West Ham's visit to Old Trafford.
With a number of injuries to senior players, David Moyes is likely to stick with the same side that beat Leicester at the weekend. Winston Reid has been joined in the treatment room by centre-back partner James Collins, whilst Pedro obiang, Sam Bryan and Michail Antonio all all longer term absences.
Manchester United struggled in the absence of Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the defeat to Brighton so will hope that the latter can return for Thursday's game. Phil Jones however is likely to miss out, with Eric Bailly hoping to return to the action.
West Ham v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Last weekend's fixtures have ensured that Thursday's game will be somewhat of a dead rubber, with neither side having much to fight for in the remaining two games. However, in theory, a win for West Ham could see them jump up to the top half of the table (although goal-difference makes this beyond unlikely), a remarkable turn-around given they were in danger of relegation two weeks ago.
Manchester United may have little to fight for in the league, but face Chelsea in the FA Cup final in two weeks, and have the majority of the squad leaving for the World Cup in June. As a result, Jose Mourinho sensationally claimed that he would be selecting players that were fighting to get into their respective country's squads. After the defeat to Brighton, the manager may well have changed his mind.
Much of this match will depend on the squad that the two manager's pick. Marko Arnautovic has been inconsistency sensational this season, and is currently enjoying a good spell, and yet, may be dropped to give a newly fit Andy Carrol a run out. Likewise, Joao Mario has finally found form, having joined the Hammers in January, but will be going back to Inter Milan after the World Cup, so will be far from Moyes' future plans.
As we saw against Brighton, Mourinho's tactics rely on players of a certain skillset, and in the absence of a target-man, they looked lost. Whether he sticks with Martial and Marcus Rashford is yet to be seen, but both strikers have the ability and the motivation to make the difference on Thursday.
Marko Arnautovic to score first at 6/1
The forward has scored six in his last eight games and he always appears more motivated against the bigger sides.
Marouane Fellaini to score anytime at 4/1
The Belgian midfielder provides a similar threat to Lukaku and may be used in the striker's absence.