Manchester United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford in the Premier League, with the match kicking off at 5:30pm local time on Saturday. The hosts are in a top four race, and will need to win to keep the pressure on direct rivals such as Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Home Team: Manchester United

Manchester United come into this match after losing four of their last five matches, but their most recent defeat to Barcelona should give them some needed confidence in what appears to be a blip. The tie is far from over against Barcelona, with Manchester United needing a win at the Nou Camp to progress to the next stage. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will focus on just one game at a time, and knows that they cannot afford to drop points against West Ham on Saturday. Their recent league defeats to Arsenal and Wolves has put Manchester United in 6th, and are now find themselves slight outsiders of reaching a top four place.

Points will be dropped from Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in the last 5 fixtures, so Manchester United have to win their games to put themselves in within a chance of making ground. United are missing some key players due to injury, but their attacking options have been bolstered with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku returning and accumulating minutes in recent matches.

Away Team: West Ham United

West Ham have been incredibly inconsistent for the majority of the season, and are often just one or two games away from a bad result. At times, their form is awful and uninspiring, at times, they can catch the supporter’s eyes and really deliver an outstanding display. At the moment, West Ham have been rather tepid in recent performances, they saw them being outplayed by Chelsea and Everton in their last two matches. West Ham were on the wrong end of a 2-0 score line twice in a row, and three times in their last four matches.

They have only beaten Premier League strugglers Newcastle and Huddersfield in the last 6 weeks, which is not good enough, as they aim to be one of the sides challenging for a top 7 position. That boat seems to have sailed now, but they will hope they can regain some confidence by getting a notable result at Old Trafford.

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Head to Head

In the reverse fixture, goals from Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic helped West Ham beat Manchester United 3-1, when Jose Mourinho was under severe pressure following his fallout with Paul Pogba. The previous meeting before that saw a draw, meaning the last time Manchester United beat West Ham was in this respective fixture from last season on the opening day – which finished 4-0.

West Ham have managed to get some decent results at home in this fixture, but have struggled at Old Trafford, with their last point coming in 2016, and their last win way back in 2007, as Carlos Tevez scored the only goal in the game in his last appearance for the club, before moving on to Manchester United. Between 2007 and 2016, Manchester United won comfortably numerous times in this fixture.

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Predictions and Betting Tips

Manchester United are favourites to win at 2/5, with the visitors priced at 6/1. For the sides to draw, it’s at 3/1. West Ham have been lacklustre of late, so they may not pose a threat to Manchester United’s weak home form. I will back a home win, and I’d go for a 3-1 score line at 10/1. For goal scorers, I’d back both Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial to score, as they did in this fixture last season, priced at 3/1.

bet now betting on football For the visitors, it may be part of the script for former Manchester United player Chicharito to get a goal, and he is at 11/5 to score at any time, or 13/2 to score first. Neither side has a fantastic defensive record, and we saw 4+ goals in the previous fixture. Therefore, my final tip would be to back there to be more than 3.5 goals in the match, with both teams scoring, priced at 7/4.

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