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Man Utd v West Ham betting tips: Red Devils look shaky in top-four battle

| 20.01.2022

Man Utd v West Ham betting tips and odds

Old Trafford hosts one of the biggest matches of the weekend as Manchester United take on top-four rivals West Ham.

The Red Devils are seventh in the table, just two points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand, and are priced at 10/11 to win on Saturday and leapfrog the Hammers.

David Moyes’ side have drifted to 7/1 in the Premier League top-four odds following last weekend’s defeat by Leeds but let’s examine the form, some of the key battles and the odds to help with our Man Utd v West Ham betting tips.

Man Utd v West Ham form

United bounced back from recent disappointments against Wolves and Aston Villa by defeating Brentford 3-1 on Wednesday, but it was another disjointed display from Ralf Rangnick’s side.

The visitors were given the runaround by the Bees in a goalless first half but goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and substitute Marcus Rashford after the break sealed the points, with Ivan Toney’s late reply proving a mere consolation.

Perhaps the biggest talking point of the night was the substitution of Cristiano Ronaldo with 20 minutes remaining, a move which did not go down well with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Rangnick stood by his decision to replace Ronaldo with Harry Maguire, saying: “He was asking ‘why me?’ But I told him I take the decisions in the interest of the team.

“We were 2-0 up at Aston Villa last week with 15 minutes to play and we didn’t want to make the same mistake, so I decided to switch to a back five. Cristiano was not happy, he is a goalscorer. But for us it was more important to be compact and defend their set-pieces.”

Only Chelsea and Wolves have drawn the first half more than United this season and a level opening 45 minutes looks a possibility at 6/5, while Draw HT/Man Utd FT is much bigger at 19/5.

Despite United not being at their free-flowing best, they have won five and drawn two of their last eight Premier League games so results have been solid even if the performances have been patchy.

West Ham surprisingly lost 3-2 at home to a depleted Leeds team last weekend, a week after beating the same opposition reasonably comfortably in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Hammers had won their three previous games against Watford, Crystal Palace and Norwich, but Tomas Soucek has missed the last two matches and he will be key to their hopes of winning at Old Trafford as they did in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.

West Ham will have the advantage of a week’s rest and look interesting at 14/5 to win again or 27/10 to draw, while they can be backed at 20/23 in the double chance market.

Man Utd v West Ham head to head

The last three meetings between these clubs have been settled by one-goal margins in all competitions and we go 14/5 and 19/4 respectively on United or West Ham to win that way.

These teams look evenly matched, though, and picking a winner is a tough call, so under 1.5 goals in the first half, two or fewer in the second and either team to win is a plausible option at 11/8.

Under 2.5 goals would have paid out in three of the last four contests which can be backed at 23/20 in Man Utd v West Ham betting tips, while just one goal has been scored in all but one of the previous three which is available at 19/5.

Goals have been hard to come by for United in the first half in this fixture, failing to score in the last four, and they are evens to shoot blanks in the opening 45 minutes against West Ham once again.

Key Battles

The Hammers’ success this season has been built on David Moyes sticking with a 4-2-3-1 formation in which Declan Rice and Soucek play in holding midfield roles behind the likes of in-form Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals.

Moyes would not reveal whether it was Covid or injury that had forced Soucek to miss the last couple of games, but the Czech’s inclusion will be crucial to their hopes of staying in fourth spot this weekend.

West Ham’s defence has not looked as solid without injured centre-backs Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna.

Issa Diop was given a torrid time by Leeds winger Raphinha on Sunday, so United will fancy their chances of finding the net against West Ham who have scored and conceded in the most number of games this season. Both teams to score is 4/7.

United will have to improve on their first-half display in west London where Rangnick admitted “without David (de Gea) and his brilliant saves it would have been difficult to be level at half-time. The first half was not good”.

Man Utd v West Ham team news

United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has missed the last couple of games with illness and may not be available for Saturday, although Rangnick is optimistic midfielder Scott McTominay will have recovered from a back injury which left him struggling to breathe at Brentford.

Paul Pogba is back in training but is likely to make his return against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

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Mason Greenwood bagged his first Premier League goal since October during the week and Rashford was a goalscoring substitute so confidence amongst United’s younger players will be high.

West Ham’s Benrahma remains on international duty with Algeria, so Manuel Lanzini, Fornals and Bowen are likely to play behind Michail Antonio.

Nikola Vlasic could play in an advanced position, with Lanzini dropping deeper if Soucek is not fit to start.

Goalscorer Odds

Despite Ronaldo being taken off in the closing stages in west London, the Portugal captain is the 10/3 favourite to break the deadlock or 11/10 to score.

However, Elanga is 7/1 to bag the opening goal for the second game in a row or 5/2 to score, the same odds as Rashford.

Greenwood is slightly lower at 13/2 and 23/10 in the two markets, while Bruno Fernandes is 4/1 and 6/4.

Lanzini scored the only goal in the Carabao Cup tie here in September three days after United had won 2-1 at the London Stadium and is 15/2 to notch the opener or 11/4 to score, while Antonio is 7/1 and 13/5 in the two options.

However, Bowen is the man in form with four goals in his last three appearances and could be a popular pick for Man Utd v West Ham betting tips at 10/1 to get the ball rolling or 7/2 to score.

Match Info

Where: Old Trafford

When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd January

How to watch: N/A

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner