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West Ham v Man Utd: Young Devil to have last word in east London

| 08.02.2015

Sunday’s late kick-off sees West Ham entertain Manchester United and although the weight of history picks the visitors out as probable winners, the Irons are a slightly different proposition at the Boleyn Ground this season.

West Ham begin the game as the 3/1 outsiders, the draw is a 5/2 shot and a win for the visitors is a 19/20 chance.

Louis van Gaal’s men ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture despite Wayne Rooney seeing red before the hour mark, adding attraction to the Red Devils’ price for the league double.

Traditionally this is a fixture which pays dividends for the 13-time champions in the Premier League too, as Man Utd have drawn one and won 11 of the last 12 meetings.

But before getting to carried away with history it’s also worth noting that only Arsenal have been to the Boleyn Ground and left victorious since Southampton nicked the points in August and United were held away at non-league Cambridge recently.

It’s also now seven straight matches in which Sam Allardyce’s side have found the opposition net at least once, at an average of 1.85.

With their guests only denied once in six matches home or away also, the 3/4 available about both teams scoring rates a pretty solid bet.

If searching out for some value in the scorer markets then young Englishman James Wilson could well be your man in the last goalscorer column at 7/1.

The highly-promising youth academy product has marked two of his last four cameos from the bench with the final goal of the game, which includes United’s last top-flight away fixture at Loftus Road.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.