West Ham to honour Upton Park with Man Utd FA Cup replay win
Holly Thackeray | April 12, 2016
West Ham United v Manchester United
- FA Cup quarter-final replay
- Wednesday, April 13th
- Kick-off: 19:00 BST
- Upton Park, east London
- Live on BBC One
Upton Park set for superb FA Cup send-off
West Ham United will have Upton Park at full roar, as the London club prepare to play their last-ever FA Cup fixture at the long-standing ground before their summer switch to the Olympic Stadium.
Manchester United, then, will make for fitting opponents, as the Hammers are 13/8 in normal time to make the most of home advantage and triumph in this FA Cup quarter-final replay. Everton await in the final four and the Irons are an enticing even-money to qualify for the next round.
Having bossed proceedings at Old Trafford for much of the match in their original attempt to reach the Wembley semi-finals, Slaven Bilic’s boys certainly have momentum on their side.
Fresh from holding Arsenal to a thrilling 3-3 draw and, having forced Man Utd into the splitting of spoils twice across all competitions this campaign already as well as at Upton Park last term, this match-up is 23/10 to end evenly in 90 minutes again.
Hammers hitmen eyeing United
With four draws on the trot, West Ham have shown they can cling on and, despite missing dangerman Diafra Sakho, arguably boast the greater forward threats.
It was battering ram Andy Carroll who hit the Hammers headlines last time out, by dispatching a heroic hat-trick, and the Englishman is 2/1 in the anytime market, or 11/1 to bag a brace or better again.
“It is hard to mark him and hard to cope with him. For us he has done really good every time he is fit. He doesn’t have to score, his presence on the pitch gives us another quality and dimension,” said Bilic of Carroll before the battle.
While, Louis van Gaal was also wary of the frontman facing his Red Devils rearguard, as the Dutchman stated: “I’ve seen the Andy Carroll show and I think our problem against Tottenham was also the miscommunication of our central defenders. I hope that we improve our communication because it is very important this game for us.
“So we have to cope with Andy Carroll and not only Andy Carroll, the other players. They have a certain player called Dimitri Payet, for example; he can also play, and (Manuel) Lanzini can also score goals.”
Speaking of, goal hero Payet, whose curling free-kick put West Ham ahead at Old Trafford, is 7/1 to open the scoring at home, while lethal Argentine Lanzini is 9/1 to net last.
Can Rooney return inspire Red Devils?
It is reported Wayne Rooney could play some part in the match after an outing for the Under-21s, though Van Gaal may opt not to rush back his skipper, who has odds of 11/2 for the final say should he feature.
Man Utd (9/5 for a victory in 90 mins) require a strong reaction following their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, with this their last shot at silverware.
Anthony Martial almost unlocked Spurs with a divine solo effort last time out and made sure Man Utd forced a replay with his previous goal against the Irons, so customers can back the Frenchman at 15/8 in the anytime market, with Memphis Depay (10/3) undoubtedly hoping to get a run-out. While, if you fancy a flutter on a frantic finish you can back either side at 10/1 to win in extra-time.
Coral’s top tip: West Ham to win in 90 mins looks tasty at 13/8!