West Ham v Manchester United Preview And Predictions - Premier League Week Five
Manchester United will be looking keep their unbeaten league start going when they take on West Ham on Sunday. In fact the same applies to the Hammers who have yet to taste defeat in the league this season and come into the game boosted by a 2-0 win over Zagreb in their opening Europa League group stage clash, while top of the table United want to set the record straight after their surprise 2-1 loss to Young Boys midweek. Check out our preview and predictions for the game and if playing online slots and live table games is your choice of entertainment, then head over to Genting Casino where we have over 3000 online games available to play anywhere and on any device.
West Ham have picked up where they left off an made a strong start to their campaign going unbeaten through their first four matches.
Draws against Crystal Palace and Leicester aren’t exactly disastrous results, while they should feel confident ahead of Sunday having ran out 2-0 winners on their Europa League debut on Thursday.
Man United didn’t have as stellar a week on the European stage as after going 1-0 up against Young Boys, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s Red Card proved costly as they were turned over with a last minute winner from their Swiss opponents. They’ll be well aware that this is no easy fixture, though they’ll be thankful they don’t have to face one man in particular.
Michail Antonio became West Ham’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer before the international break, though he was sent off late on for a second bookable offense against Southampton, and with no real recognisable number nine in his ranks, David Moyes may have to get creative here.
The difference for Man United this season is that Old Trafford seems have become the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ once again, with their two results there so far being 5-1 and 4-1 victories over Leeds and Newcastle respectively, though they’ve looked far from convincing on the road so far.
Under 2.5 Goals
They’re currently on a 29-match unbeaten run on the road since a 2-0 defeat at Anfield in January 2020, though the vast majority of those games were behind closed doors.
10 of those outings were stalemates, with another nine coming by narrow one goal margins and we wouldn’t be surprised to see West Ham push them all the way here.
While United went unbeaten away all season last year, they rode their luck at times with games going right down to the wire, and they’d often have to come from behind to secure results.
Indeed, 25 of their 37 away goals since the beginning of last season have come after the break, including both so far this season, so we’d expect them to be stronger in the second half yet again here.
Only the two Manchester clubs have netted more goals than the Hammers this season, though a lot of that output has come via Antonio, so without his presence up top we can’t see a host of goals flying in past David de Gea.
That lack of a target man means we’re likely to see the visitors have a lot of the ball, with West Ham likely to use the pace of Benrahma and Bowen to cause some issues on the counter, with Rice and Soucek being the disciplined duo and cutting off passing lanes for this United midfield, and therefore we’d expect a low scoring tight encounter.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS