Sunday brought an end to Man Utd’s 19 game unbeaten run as Chelsea eased past them 3-1 thanks to some horrendous goalkeeping from David de Gea.
They won’t let that deflate them too much though as following Leicester’s defeat at Spurs they’re now in the driving seat for Champions League football next term.
West Ham, on the other hand, were given a huge boost after beating Watford on Friday night to secure their top-flight status for yet another season.
Who else but the man of the moment Michail Antonio broke the deadlock in the sixth minute to take his tally to seven goals in his last five outings, while goals from Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice pulled them clear. However, with safety now effectively a certainty we’d be worried if they switch off.
Half-Time/Full-Time: Man Utd/Man Utd
The Red Devils have won eight of their last 11 unbeaten outings in the league, including a notable victory over their local rivals Man City at Old Trafford just before the enforced mid-season break.
In fact, they’ve won by at least two clear strikes in four of their last five here, as they were ahead at the break in each of those five and we’d be surprised if that didn’t repeat that feat in this one.
Furthermore, at all venues against the bottom-six they’ve done the W/W in the HT/FT market in each of the last five and this should be a mere formality for the men in red.
By contrast, the Hammers have lost 12 of their last 13 against the current top half in the league, including L/L in half their last six against the top six outfits and they really don’t look capable of holding off the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.
Anthony Martial To Score Anytime
Not to mention their form on the road makes terrible reading. They’ve lost seven of their last nine trips dating back to mid-December, with their sole victory in that run coming against rock-bottom Norwich.
If any man is going to get on the scoreboard you’d have to think Martial is the one. He’s netted six goals in as many appearances now, while you have to go back to early January for the last time he failed to strike at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, coming against Wolves in a 0-0 stalemate six home games ago.
Moreover, since that fixture he has netted as many as seven goals in the five games here and at the prices he is without a doubt the value option.