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West Ham v Man United: Expect goal glut at Upton Park

| 21.03.2014

Manchester United will attempt to build on their Champions League success in midweek with a trip to Upton Park this weekend and those watching on Sky Sports can expect a glut of goals.

With 3-0 wins over West Brom and Olympiakos and a 3-0 reverse to Liverpool in United’s recent games, David Moyes’ side have shown they are as adept at finding the back of the net as they are allowing others to score against them.

And, with three or more goals scored in seven of the last nine meetings between the Red Devils and the Hammers, another goal fest is in store here.

The Irons will be more confident of a win over United than at any point in recent years, given the champions’ well-documented problems this season.

However the Champions League win has provided the Old Trafford club with an enormous lift and United’s record against West Ham will further boost their confidence.

A League Cup victory aside, The Irons have not beaten Manchester United since December 29th 2007, with the Red Devils winning 10 and drawing two of the 12 meetings since then.

As such, the 17/10 about United winning a game that sees over 2.5 goals – using Ladbrokes’ exclusive Total Result market – looks the best bet of the afternoon.

Those unsure of the goals total can get on United to win at 4/5, while the upset is priced at 7/2 and a third draw in five meetings between the two is available at 13/5.

Should the promise of goals deliver, then Robin van Persie remains United’s leading threat despite picking up a knock against the Greeks.

The Dutchman has netted 23 times for club and country this term, with eight of those goals opening the scoring in United games, and the 4/1 on him netting first here looks too good to ignore.

West Ham have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks and with Kevin Nolan leading the Boleyn Ground scoring charts it is easy to see why.

The former Bolton and Newcastle man has seven strikes to his name thus far, and with three of those closing proceedings in West ham’s games the 9/1 on him netting last should also tempt.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.