Manchester United pitch up for tonight’s live game against West Brom (8pm) mainly thanks to David Moyes’ reign leaving them with no Champions League involvement this week.
Louis van Gaal was to be United’s saviour but the Red Devils haven’t won on the road this term – or since they hammered Newcastle (4-0) at St James’ Park last April.
The visitors have yet to taste defeat in eight top-flight appearances (W7, D1) at the Hawthorns but need to get three points away from Old Trafford sharpish if they want Champions League fixtures again next season.
The last six games between these sides have produced 23 goals. Even if you exclude the 5-5 end-of-season smash up in Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge in 2013 – it’s still been a happy hunting ground for United.
Man U are 3/4 in the win-draw-win market with West Brom at 15/4 but given the Red Devils ability to score goals – and their inability to defend – there may be value in backing this game to produce goals.
Four of the last six head-to-heads between the sides – and all of the last three league fixtures at the Hawthorns – have produced over 2.5 goals.
Alan Irvine’s side eventually broke their duck for the season with a 1-0 away win at Spurs and followed up by beating Hull and Burnley (3-2, 4-0) at home before Liverpool edged it 2-1 at Anfield.
England U-21 international Saido Berahino is a real threat up top with five league goals this season and is 9/1 to score the first goal of the game or 11/4 to hit the net at anytime over the 90 minutes.
United are without the suspended Wayne Rooney and could do with Mr Angry’s goals as he’s scored five in four league games against West Brom. The heavy lifting up front should fall to Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao but Argentina’s Angel di Maria has scored three goals in his last four games and could be value at 7/1 to score first tonight or 21/10 to score at anytime in the game.
United’s defensive frailties were exposed when they blew a 3-1 lead against Leicester City and ended up getting tanked 5-3 to the delight of the rest of the Premier League.
But they’ve steadied the ship since then and ran out 2-1 winners in their last two games at Old Trafford (West Ham, Everton) and United to win by the same scoreline tonight is a 7/1 poke.
While the Red Devils have only kept two clean sheets in seven league games this year (0-0 Burnley, 4-0 QPR), their last three victories over West Brom have all been to nil (0-3, 2-0, 2-0). United are 21/10 to win to nil while David de Gea is 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.
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