West Ham vs Manchester United betting preview: odds and predictions | The Sun
WITH Liverpool breathing down their neck in the top-four race, Manchester United can ill afford another slip-up when they head to West Ham on Sunday night.
West Ham vs Manchester United odds
Here are the latest match odds for West Ham vs Manchester United:
West Ham vs Manchester United betting preview
A recent stutter from Manchester United has opened the door slightly in the race for Champions League football next season.
Liverpool are certainly doing all they can at the moment having won five games in a row and another victory over Brentford on Saturday evening would move them within one point of United, albeit having played two games more.
Still, pressure, of sorts, is being applied and the Red Devils have disappointed in their last two away games, blowing a two-goal lead to draw with Spurs and then losing to an injury-time penalty at Brighton on Thursday.
Those are the sort of outcomes which begin to sow seeds of doubt both in the minds of fans and players alike.
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The good news is West Ham have themselves slipped up recently.
David Moyes’ side had looked to be pulling clear of relegation danger but a run of three straight defeats has them looking over their shoulder once again. Ahead of the weekend, they were four points clear of the drop zone.
Things remain very much in their hands with games against drop rivals Leicester and Leeds still to come but there’s also the looming Europa Conference League semi-final to deal with. In short, this looks an awkward spell for the Hammers and their manager.
Team selections are taking on real significance – for both sides – given the packed schedule.
The added problem for Moyes this week was a stomach bug within the squad, one which forced key men Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd to miss Wednesday’s defeat at Manchester City. It remains to be seen who will be available for this one.
The visitors are still having to deal with a patched-up defence given the continued absence of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.
They have been pretty ruthless against the lesser lights this season though and, given West Ham’s current problems, should have too much for their hosts.
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West Ham vs Manchester United key stats
- West Ham have lost their last three games, conceding nine goals in the process.
- Manchester United have won just one of their last five in all competitions.
- Referee Peter Bankes is one of the strictest Premier League officials in card terms, averaging 4.39 per game.
- The visitors have received 2+ cards in their last seven games.
- Man Utd have won the last five Premier League meetings of these sides with Marcus Rashford scoring in three of those matches.
West Ham vs Manchester United best bets
Manchester United to win to nil
United may have stuttered of late but minds will be focused here and this looks a good time to be facing West Ham, who have lost three in a row and have a host of things on their minds.
Untied have already played away to the other members of the bottom seven and beaten them all. Five of the six wins came about without them conceding.
Meanwhile, West Ham have gone 0-1-4 at home to the top six so far this season, losing ‘to nil’ against Man City and Brighton.
It’s a risky one but the price looks worth a punt.
Back Man Utd to win to nil at 3/1 at Spreadex
Luke Shaw to be carded & Man Utd 2+ cards
We’ve got a good referee for cards in Peter Bankes – of the Premier League officials to have taken charge of at least three games this season, he has the second-best cards-per-game ratio.
The visitors are also in the top four for cards received, picking up at least two in their last seven games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Shaw has long been something of a card magnet. He has three in his last six games and the fact he’s had to switch between left and centre-back in that spell probably hasn’t helped him keep his nose clean.
A 4/1 Bet Builder therefore looks good.
Back Shaw to be carded and United 2+ cards at 4/1 at bet365
Jarrod Bowen & Lucas Paqueta 1+ shot on target each
A similar tip on these pages – a shot for each player – landed at Manchester City on Wednesday and now this one looks worth attacking.
Its backers have been rewarded in four of West Ham’s last five games with Paqueta having been given more licence to push forward and gets shots off of late.
Man Utd have conceded a lot of shots away from home of late – more than 20 at Brighton, Sevilla and Newcastle – and so West Ham may well get the opportunity to test David de Gea.
Back Bowen & Paqueta 1+ shot on target each at 11/5 at William Hill
How to watch West Ham vs Manchester United
- Location: London Stadium, London, England
- Time: Sunday, May 7, 19:00 BST
- Where to watch: BT Sport 1
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