Manchester United vs West Ham Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Manchester United vs West Ham Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Manchester United vs West Ham predictions for Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Top four spot open to United
Manchester United have little time to lament their calamitous FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea this week, with an even bigger Premier League game on the horizon against West Ham on Wednesday evening.

A couple of goal-keeping errors from David de Gea and a Harry Maguire own goal combined to send United tumbling out of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday, however, clangers aside, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s slightly altered team were second best every step of the way against Chelsea.

In the league, United’s chances of finishing their campaign on a high are much more promising, however. Ahead of their game in hand meeting with the Irons at Old Trafford this week, 5th place United are level on points with Leicester just above them in 4th, and a victory on Wednesday would fire the Red Devils into the division’s top four for the first time since September last year.

With the final shake-up for Champions League places incredibly close and nail-bitingly tense, a wide margin win for United this week would all but confirm their place in Europe’s elite club football competition next term ahead of their trip to pay direct rivals Leicester at the King Power Stadium on the season’s final day.

West Ham retain top-flight status
West Ham will arrive in Manchester in celebratory mood having secured their top-flight status with a fine 3-1 win over Watford at the London Stadium on Friday evening.

The Hammers’ triumph over the Hornets, which followed hot on the heels of a thumping 4-0 win over another relegation rival Norwich City, shot West Ham up to 15th in the Premier League table and clear of the dreaded drop zone.

The Irons’ performances and appetite for the fight in the last few weeks saw them win three, draw one and lose just one of their last five Premier League assignments, and David Moyes would have been equal parts thrilled and relieved that his players stepped up to the mark at the most crucial juncture of the campaign.

With the pressure off, Moyes will lead his team out against his old employers on Wednesday in the knowledge that the outcome of the game is immaterial – and without the burden of a relegation battle weighing them down, West Ham will be able to play with the brakes off at Old Trafford this week.

Goals anticipated at both ends
Having opted to start Sunday’s semi-final with Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial on the substitute’s bench, it’s clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prioritised a top four finish over FA Cup progression this week, though only a win on Wednesday will vindicate his decision to shuffle his pack.

The hosts are huge favourites to gather the points they need at the Hammers’ expense at Old Trafford, though there has been enough rustiness and nervousness in the Red Devils’ play in recent weeks to suggest West Ham can give them a scare or two this week.

With David de Gea’s regression showing no signs of reversing, and errors creeping into centre-back pairing Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire’s performances, United conceded two or more goals in three of their last five fixtures.

West Ham, who have found real goal-scoring form in July, have the attacking tools to cause problems at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday and having found the net in each of their last three encounters with United, we think the Irons can make an impact on the scoresheet again.

Their chances of keeping Man Utd out at the other end look next to impossible, however. With Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and the aforementioned pair Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all firmly in the groove, United have averaged 2.7 goals per 90 minutes of Premier League action since the restart, and they have proved that they possess the firepower in the final third to cancel out their worrying defensive lapses.

With those factors in mind, both teams to score market looks the smartest avenue of approach for Wednesday’s contest, however, our 2-1 Man Utd correct score prediction backs the hosts to eventually carve out a crucial win.

United have won five of their last six Premier League games at Old Trafford, and are undefeated in 15 of their last 16 league fixtures there overall since late August. With a victory imperative, and Champions League qualification incentives pushing them on, United, who scored twice in each of their last two league outings, should be expected to triumph against a West Ham team with just one away victory in nine attempts.

Key Battle: Anthony Martial vs Issa Diop
Compatriots Anthony Martial and Issa Diop will go head-to-head for supremacy at Old Trafford in a fascinating looking individual duel on Wednesday.

With five Premier League goals in the bag since the restart, Martial is in red-hot form at present and the 24-year-old’s influence on how United play has been steadily increasing.

Issa Diop has had a campaign littered with inconsistency, though the 23-year-old can be a key Hammers performer on his good days, and has a defensive skill set that could make him a tricky opponent for Martial to beat.

Martial notched three goals against West Ham for United in the teams’ last three encounters at Old Trafford however, and the flying French forward will back himself to register against this week.

Manchester United vs West Ham team news
Long term absentees Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are still in the treatment room for United, though Eric Bailly, who was concussed against Chelsea, joins them this week.

Luke Shaw is still rated as doubtful with an ankle complaint, though semi-final subs Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood are expected to return to the starting XI.

Manchester United predicted line-up: De Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams – Matic, Pogba, Fernandes – Greenwood, Rashford, Martial

Robert Snodgrass is still absent for West Ham, while Ryan Fredericks is still rated as doubtful. 20-year-old Ben Johnson could fill in again at right-back if Fredericks doesn’t recover in time.

David Moyes is expected to keep faith with the same players that performed so well against Watford, and that means Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko will remain on the bench.

West Ham predicted line-up: Fabianski – Johnson, Diop Ogbonna, Cresswell – Rice, Soucek- Bowen, Noble, Fornals – Antonio
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