Manchester United know that they are at least going to be playing in Europe next season. They just don’t know whether or not they will be playing in the Europa League or the Champions League. Right now, the Red Devils are last in the pack of four teams fighting for the two remaining Champions League spots. They are five points back of Chelsea, three back of Tottenham, and two back of Arsenal. That makes picking up three points in every match huge, and they need a win against a West Ham squad that has tailed off considerably.
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EPL Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu
Manchester United -237
West Ham +601
Over/Under 3 and 3.5
West Ham are sitting in 11th place, and the Hammers are unlikely to climb into the top half of the table by the end of the season. They have not been in good form over the past couple months, largely due to injury, and they have lost four of their last six matches. West Ham needed to rally from a 3-1 deficit to defeat last place Huddersfield Town at home for their last victory, and they have been blanked 2-0 by Cardiff City, Everton, and Chelsea in the last month.
Manchester United have finally started to slow down a bit after a breakneck start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They have lost three of their last four matches, falling to Wolves twice and Arsenal once, but they did get the better of Watford a couple weeks ago. The Red Devils will be hosting Barcelona in Champions League action on Wednesday, so fatigue could be an issue given the club’s injury situation.
The first meeting between these clubs saw West Ham outclass Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. Felipe Anderson broke open the scoring early for the Hammers, and an own goal helped before Marko Arnautovic sealed the deal. Marcus Rashford notched the goal for United.
These clubs both have a number of injuries that are threatening to end their season on a down note. West Ham will not have Andriy Yarmolenko or Winston Reid for the remainder of the season, and Carlos Sanchez, Andy Carroll, and Jack Wilshere will miss this match as well. Samir Nasri is doubtful with a calf injury, while Michail Antonio is questionable with an ankle injury.
Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are both going to miss this match due to suspension. Manchester United have already ruled Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian out for this match as well. Ander Herrera is doubtful, Nemanja Matic is questionable, and Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez are probable.
Player to Watch
The injuries have created opportunities for young players to show their worth, and Scott McTominay has shown some flashes during his time on the pitch. McTominay was once heralded as a top academy prospect, but he failed to really break through until recently. He scored Manchester United’s lone goal against Wolves, and he earned a start against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Prop Bet – Will Both Teams Score? Yes -140
This is a bit of a gamble considering West Ham’s inability to score in recent weeks, but I think the combination of injuries and fatigue will open up Manchester United’s back line more than it would otherwise.
Free Soccer Betting Pick
I think the Red Devils will pick up the win due to Solskjaer’s flexibility with his tactics, but I’m more confident in both teams to score than anything else.
English Premier League Odds: Manchester United 2, West Ham 1
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