Back reliant Rooney in Robin’s absence to Hammer in the goals
In five of the last seven head-to-heads between Manchester United and West Ham United, they have collectively produced four goals or more. Odds of 12/5 say the total scored will be over 3.5 again.
United travel to Upton Park on the back of their brilliant 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League and boast a dominant record against the Hammers, having won nine of their last 10 in the league – losing once. Coral price the Red Devils odds-on at 3/4 to capitalise on their confidence by beating them again.
West Ham had a fantastic February, winning all four of their league games, but have lost their opening two in March, away to Everton and Stoke. They have, however, got victories in their last three at home, and Coral price Sam Allardyce’s side to win at 10/3 or 5/2 to grab a draw.
Following their recent run, the east Londoners are now sitting more comfortably in the table in 12th place being six points clear of the drop zone, and are unfancied to go down with odds of 12/1.
David Moyes’ front man Wayne Rooney will be relishing this fixture, as United have never lost when he has scored. Robin van Persie is out with a knock, however, injury his knee after hitting a hat-trick against Olympiakos.
“We are getting him re-scanned again today because there was nothing conclusive,” says Moyes. “He won’t be available for tomorrow’s game. We will give you an update as soon as we can.”
It’s a shame the Dutch captain misses this match because he has scored seven in his 11 (six in his last five) games against West Ham.
Striking partner Rooney has managed nine in his last 12 meetings with the Hammers, and can be backed at 5/4 to score anytime. The England star got a treble at Upton Park in 2011 to help United to a 4-2 victory and has 25/1 odds to score three again.
Nemanja Vidic serves the first of his two-match suspension, while big Sam has no new injury concerns.