By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 28th September 2018
West Ham will be hosting Manchester United at London stadium in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have shown resilience to bounce back from a poor start to the season and will hope to continue that run against Man United.
West Ham vs Man United: Predictions and Odds
The William Hill traders have not been kind to West Ham in recent fixtures and it appears this run of forecast defeats will continue when Manchester United roll into town. Jose Mourinho’s men are tipped as the betting favourites for this match-up with their odds of victory priced up at a 78/100 pick, whilst the Hammers meanwhile find their odds at a 17/5 tip, with a potential draw trading at 14/5 as part of our West Ham vs Man United predictions.
The Red Devils failed to break down a resilient Wolverhampton outfit last weekend with Mourinho lamenting the quality of his attacking players.
Alexis Sanchez continues to struggle at Old Trafford, scoring just three times in 23 appearances since making the switch from Arsenal in January. Worse still for United fans has been the marginalising of young talents Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – forwards who featured more regularly for United before Sanchez arrived.
The Hammers have recovered from the four consecutive defeats they suffered at the start of the season. They are projected at a 9/4 pick to finish in the top half in the Premier League this season.
New head coach Pellegrini has steadied a rocky ship to pick up 4 points in the past two games, a 3-1 victory away at Everton and an admirable 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
Better still, he seems to have found an equilibrium amongst his starting eleven, with a virtually nailed on front six consisting of Noble, Obiang, Rice, Anderson, Arnautovic and Yarmelenko. We’re betting that they’ll cause United all sorts of issues as part of our West Ham vs Man United predictions.
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West Ham vs Man United tips: Prediction, Best Bet, Scorer
Predicted score: A 2-2 draw, betting at 14/1.
Jack Wilshere’s ankle surgery might have been a blessing in disguise for Manuel Pellegrini. The summer arrival from Arsenal started all four defeats to Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolves before succumbing to an injury that’ll keep him out for six weeks.
In his stead, Pellegrini has elected to play Declan Rice in midfield – alongside Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang – and West Ham have looked better for it. The midfield has produced more industrious performances, giving their forward line, we’ve picked the platform to go and express themselves.
The Hammer’s impressive 3-1 victory at Goodison Park was followed by an unlucky goalless draw with Chelsea – a game which saw them create numerous chances but fail to convert them.
Our latest forecast in the West Ham vs Man United predictions is a draw between the two sides with a 2-2 score-line being tipped at 12/1.
Best bet: Both teams to score, betting at 7/10.
Paul Pogba urged his side to “attack, attack, attack” after his team were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton on Saturday.
United had just won three games on the bounce but were markedly tame in front of goal recording just six shots on target all game. Mourinho hinted that his players were not as ‘motivated’ as their opponents in comments what will surely be perceived as yet more friction between the coach and his side.
Our West Ham vs Man United predictions then foresee a healthy return of goals in this fixture with the Red Devils having scored eight goals in their past four games.
Marko Arnautovic – often West Ham’s saviour and major goal-threat – should be back in contention after missing the Chelsea match with a knee injury. The Austrian has scored or assisted 80% of the Hammer’s goals this season and it was no surprise to see his side draw blanks without him on Sunday.
We fancy both teams to score this weekend and those odds are tipped at a 7/10 pick.
Predicted Scorer: Andriy Yarmalenko to score first, with odds @ 8/1
Yarmalenko picked up a brace against Everton, proving his goal-scoring abilities for the Hammers, and we’ve picked him to be just as difficult to nullify this Saturday.
The Ukranian’s strength on the ball will be hard to contain and United’s defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic and co will need to cut off the supply line to the wide-man.
His projected odds of adding to his two goals this season and opening the scoring is betting at 8/1 in our West Ham vs Man United odds.
West Ham vs Man United stats: Opta
- Fred is the first Brazilian player to score a Premier League goal for Man Utd since Rafael vs QPR in February 2013.
- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists).
- West Ham have won only one of their last 19 Premier League matches against Manchester United (D5 L13), winning 3-2 at Upton Park in May 2016.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.