Big Match Breakdown: West Ham v Man United
Cian Carroll | 10 May 2018
Preview and tips ahead of the clash…
West Ham United welcome Manchester United to London Stadium tonight in both club’s penultimate Premier League game of the season.
Neither side have much to play for. The Hammers are safe from relegation and will be simply looking for a higher position and extra prize money.
Jose Mourinho’s side can seal second spot with a win or draw ahead of the final round of fixtures.
The Coral News Team previews the match in-depth with a Big Match Breakdown.
West Ham haven’t had the best of times against their more illustrious opponents in recent times. The Manchester giants have won the last three meetings in all competitions.
In fact, the East London outfit have won this fixture just once in the last 17 attempts. Overall, the record stands at 65 wins for Man United, with 43 wins for the Irons, and 30 draws.
Mourinho has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku misses out on the final two games of the season with an ankle injury. Marouane Fellaini is also absent with a muscular strain.
Alexis Sanchez missed the defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion. But the Chilean star is likely to come back into the side here. Anthony Martial is reportedly heading for the exit door at Old Trafford. The French youngster isn’t likely to feature.
It should be a front-three of Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, and Jesse Lingard. For West Ham, David Moyes is due to start the side who won at Leicester City last time out provided Marko Arnautovic is fit.
If the Hammers can stop Man United’s midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, and Nemanja Matic, they’ll have a shot at getting a decent result.
When on-song, Pogba is nearly unstoppable at running a game. So the likes of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate will have to get in and around the France International.
Manuel Lanzini and Joao Mario have been in good form for West Ham in recent weeks. But their main man this season has been Arnautovic. The Austrian ace has 10 goals and five assists. Chris Smalling and co. will need to keep a watchful eye on him.
Moyes’ side are 7/2 to take all three points, with Mourinho’s men at 4/5. The Draw is available at 14/5.
Going for West Ham is their recent home record. The East-enders have lost just twice in E20 in their previous eight games. And one of those was to Manchester City.
However, at least in terms of quality, the Red Devils definitely have the edge. But regarding an entertaining game with plenty of goals, you’d have to question both sides’ motivations.
Man United are 23/10 to Win to Nil.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing