Manchester United v West Ham United Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 9th May 2020

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If West Ham are going to break the dominance of the top six Premier League sides this season, then a win over one of the regular members will no doubt aid their cause. The Irons are one of three sides tipped to pose a threat to the standing order and they come into this game enjoying a four game unbeaten run in the league.

Level on points with the Londoners are Manchester United who face their second game of the week on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t won an away fixture of any kind since the sensational Champions League comeback against PSG so this is something he will be desperate to put right.

Top Tips

Both teams to score @ 4/7

Man Utd to win @ 21/20

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Masuaku out suspended

Manuel Pellegrini has the vast majority of his side available for selection this Sunday, the exceptions being Arthur Masuaku and the injured duo of Winston Reid and Michail Antonio. Left back Masuaku is only missing for the one fixture after picking up two yellow cards during the goalless draw with Aston Villa. Many felt the second booking was harsh but VAR was unable to intervene as the rules state they can only do so when there is a strong case for upgrading the yellow to a red.

Manchester United News: Several back in contention

Seating at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be treated to a major boost on the injury front this weekend with several players getting ever closer to a return. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are both close to making full recoveries from relatively minor problems sustained before the international break. Diogo Dalot, missing since pre-season, is another well on the road to recovery although he may need a little more time off. Finally, there’s Jesse Lingard who has recovered from the bout of illness that forced him to skip the 1-0 win over Leicester last weekend.

Analysis: United’s returning men to have big impact

The concerns surrounding United’s lack of depth in attacking already seem quite justified but it is not something that looks set to be an issue this weekend. There is a good chance all of Solskjaer’s key forward-thinking players will be fit for selection here and we know how good United can be when they are all on the pitch. Anthony Martial netted in two of his three opening appearances while Paul Pogba is usually the best source of supply for the lively Marcus Rashford. As long as Pogba’s head and heart is in the game, of course, which is not always a foregone conclusion.

Away clean sheets an issue for Solskjaer

The United defence has looked considerably more solid since the arrivals of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but an away clean sheet continues to evade them. Across all competitions, the Red Devils have gone 10 straight games without one outside of Old Trafford. With a defensive record like this, it seems sensible to back West Ham to find the net this weekend.

They are not the only side looking set to score though as United’s full strength attack should create plenty of opportunities against a Hammers backline missing Masuaku and Reid. With both sides likely to offer more in attack than in defence, opt for both teams to score decent enough betting odds of 4/7.

Pellegrini to lose unbeaten run

A run of five matches without a single defeat across all competitions is the longest unbeaten streak Manuel Pellegrini has enjoyed since taking the reins at West Ham. They are a side with the potential to improve too after a promising transfer window but they have not really done anything overly impressive yet.

Their run of three victories came against two sides low down the table and included a League Cup triumph over fourth tier side, Newport County. In slightly tougher tests, for instance away to Brighton and Aston Villa, the Hammers looked rather average to say the least. Able to operate at a higher level right now are Man United, which is why the visitors are the ones you should back for the win at odds of 21/20. United have their inconsistencies, but when they are on song they are capable of swatting sides aside with relative ease, and West Ham could be on the wrong end of a defeat in this one.

Recent Matches

West Ham have beaten Man United during two of their last four visits to east London but these represent their only league successes against the Red Devils since 2007. It certainly bucks the long term trend whenever West Ham are victorious against Manchester United.

13th April 2019: Manchester United 2 – 1 West Ham United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side “got away with it” during this laboured victory over West Ham. Felipe Anderson thought he had given the visitors the lead after nine minutes but for an incorrectly raised offside flag. More bad luck came the Irons’ way as Juan Mata earned his side a very soft penalty, which Paul Pogba duly dispatched. West Ham deservedly got back on level terms through Anderson but their failure to add another came back to haunt them as Pogba slotted home another from the penalty spot late on in the game.

29th Sept 2018: West Ham United 3 – 1 Manchester United

Manchester United suffered their worst start to a league campaign since 1989-90 due to this defeat at the London Stadium. The Hammers drew first blood in fine fashion as Felipe Anderson cleverly flicked in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. Their next was rather more fortuitous as Andriy Yarmolenko’s effort took a huge deflection on its way past the wrong-footed David de Gea. Marcus Rashford’s strike gave a poor United side a glimmer of hope but only momentarily as three minutes later Marko Arnautovic slid in his side’s third.

10th May 2018: West Ham United 0 – 0 Manchester United

Last season’s match between the pair at the London Stadium was one to forget. The visitors were the better team, but the game finished in an uneventful 0-0 draw in the capital. That was the first goalless draw between the two since December 2015.

13th August 2017: Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

The Red Devils were on fire on the opening weekend of last season, thumping West Ham at Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku – who was making his Premier League debut for Man United – netted twice to put the hosts 2-0 up. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba completed the scoring in the emphatic 4-0 triumph.

2nd January 2017: West Ham United 0 – 2 Manchester United

These two sides met three times in the league and cup during the 2016/17 season, with Man United winning two and the other ending in a draw. The pair drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in a league game in November 2016 before the Manchester side beat the Londoners 4-1 in the EFL Cup at the Theatre of Dreams just a few days later. In the fixture at the London Stadium, meanwhile, West Ham cruised to a 2-0 win, with Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the scoresheet against 10-man West Ham.

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