Prediction and odds for the game: Manchester United (17/20) vs West Ham (3/1)
We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6
When: Saturday 22 January 2022, Kick-off 15:00
Where: Old Trafford
On Saturday afternoon, West Ham and Manchester United clash at Old Trafford in a game that could be crucial in the race for the top-four in the Premier League.
The Red Devils have enjoyed mixed fortunes under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick. However, the men from Manchester are still well in the race for a place in the Premier League’s top-four.
United are seventh-place in the table, but are just two points shy of the fourth-place visitors, while also having a game in hand on the visitors. A victory here could blow the race for the top-four wide open, with seemingly four teams competing for that final Champions League spot.
Manchester United’s home form had been decent in the Premier League until a 1-0 defeat by Wolves in their last home match in the English top-flight ended a three-game winning run on home soil in the league for the Red Devils. They have struggled for clean sheets at Old Trafford in the Premier League, as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 games.
David Moyes team are hanging on to fourth-place spot, but know that the teams below them have the advantage in the top-four race of games in hand on the Hammers. The visitors suffered a surprise 3-2 home defeat by Leeds last time out.
The loss ended a three-match winning run for the Irons in the English top-flight. It was a blow to their chances of playing in European football’s elite competition, especially with some of their rivals winning their latest games, including United.
The visitors have certainly known where the net is of late, as the Hammers have scored at least two goals in their last five league outings. However, at the other end of the pitch, they have also conceded at least two goals in four of their previous six league games.
The Hammers have won their last two away games in the Premier League. However, before the two straight away victories, they had failed to win in four away games in the English top-flight.
West Ham have also not won at Old Trafford since 2007. They need to pick up something from their trip to Manchester to attempt to maintain their position in the top-four.
We don’t see much value in the match betting, as this game could go either way in truth. Instead, we are backing bets in the goals market. The first bet we are backing is over 2.5 goals, as both teams are dangerous going forward and neither are great in defence. The same applies to our second recommendation, which is for both teams to score.
Our Tips: We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6 and/or both teams to score at odds of 8/13. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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