West Ham vs Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off sees Manchester United travel down to West Ham United’s London Stadium. United boss Jose Mourinho will be looking to lift the morale of the players who were involved in Tuesday’s League Cup elimination at the hands of Derby County, while West Ham United will be boosted by their 8-0 romp against Macclesfield Town the following night.
Game: West Ham United vs Manchester United
Venue: London Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday, 29th September, 12.30pm
West Ham United’s disappointing start reached rock bottom when the last of their four straight defeats saw them concede the decisive goal in the final minute of their 1-0 home loss to Wolves. The international break gave manager Manuel Pellegrini and his player the chance to regroup, and it was certainly a different Hammers side that came away from Everton with a 3-1 win two weeks ago. Less lucrative in terms of points, but just as impressive, was their goalless draw at home to Chelsea last weekend, a result that ended their London rivals’ 100% start to the season.
Manchester United uneasy start to the campaign has not been helped by rumblings of unrest behind the scenes. Having lost two of their opening three Premier League games for the first time since 1992, they seemed to have turned a corner when they followed up league wins at Burnley and Watford with an impressive 3-0 win at Young Boys in their opening Champions League game.
Mourinho was openly critical of some of his players who allowed Wolverhampton Wanderers to grab a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last Saturday, and he had little better to say on Tuesday when United failed to build on an early one-goal advantage and finally went out on penalties after an exciting 2-2 draw with Derby.
West Ham are distinct underdogs for this one, but anyone who fancies them to add to United’s woes can get 7/2 with Unibet to pull off a win and 13/5 with BetFred for the draw. Despite their inconsistent start, United are still odds-on favourites, with Pinnacle offering 9/10 on them securing their fourth straight away win.
West Ham have not breached the Manchester United defence in any of their three previous encounters, although they did hold them to a goalless draw in their most recent meeting in last season’s corresponding fixture at London Stadium in May. That was the last time the West Ham defence kept a clean sheet before their 0-0 with Chelsea last weekend, a gap of seven competitive games that saw them leak fourteen goals.
United’s opening six games last season produced five wins, all without conceding a goal, plus a 2-2 draw at Stoke City, and they did not taste their second Premier League defeat until November, while it took them fifteen games to concede the nine goals they have already shipped this campaign. Even with that start, United still finished nineteen points behind Manchester City, while this season’s early setbacks sees United already six points behind City, and eight behind early pace-setters Liverpool after six games.
Free Betting Tip: West Ham Double Chance at 1/1
Pressure on Mourinho increased after he stripped Paul Pogba of the vice-captaincy prior to United’s midweek loss to Derby. Winning games changes everything, of course, so Mourinho will welcome the return of Marcus Rashord after his 3-game ban, hoping his young star can reproduce the form he showed in scoring in both England games in the international break. If he can start firing alongside Romelu Lukaku, who began September with six goals in four games for club and country, then Mourinho’s problems will soon evaporate.
Goals against Everton and a clean sheet against Chelsea, and suddenly West Ham look a different side. Just like last season, much of their best attacking play depends on the influence of Mark Arnautovic,who has scored three of his side’s five league goals. Andriy Yarmolenko’s brace at Goodison will done his confidence the power of good, as well as boosting Pellegrini’s attacking options, while Robert Snodgrass did his prospects no harm at all when contributing two goals and two assists against Macclesfield on Wednesday.
Free Betting Tip: Over 2.5 goals at 9/10