Prediction and odds for the game: Manchester United (1/2) vs West Ham (6/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, Kick-off 19:45
Where: Old Trafford
On Wednesday night, Manchester United host West Ham at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round.
The Red Devils have made a highly promising start to their campaign, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are currently joint-top of the Premier League table with only Liverpool and Chelsea above them, due to superior goal difference.
United suffered their only defeat of the season in their first Champions League group game against Young Boys, after the dismissal of full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, they bounced back to win 2-1 last time out at Wednesday night’s opponents. Former Hammers loanee Jesse Lingard scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute to seal the points for the home team.
Manchester United have a decent recent record in the League Cup, as they made it to the semi-finals last season, only to suffer a 2-0 defeat against arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. The loss ended a run of four straight wins in the competition for the Red Devils. They had also kept four straight clean sheets in the League Cup.
The Hammers will look to bounce straight back from that weekend defeat against United with a positive result in Manchester. Former Manchester United head coach David Moyes will be desperate to pick up a result at Old Trafford, despite the competition not being his team’s priority this season.
The defeat against United ended a five-game unbeaten run for the Irons in all competitions, consisting of three wins and two draws. The absence of the suspended Michail Antonio was a big one. The experienced forward is eligible to play in this clash, as he has now served his ban.
However, David Moyes may choose to rotate his squad and keep the forward fresh for the Hammers trip to Leeds at the weekend.
West Ham have a mixed recent record in the Carabao Cup, although they have won five of their last eight games in the competition. Last season they exited the competition with a 4-1 fourth-round defeat at Everton.
The Irons have a highly inconsistent recent away record in the Carabao Cup, as they have won four and lost four of their last eight games in the competition.
Most matches in the League Cup are hard to judge, as often top-flight bosses use the competition to field youngsters or their fringe players. However, we are backing United to record a second straight win over the Irons. The other bet we are backing is for both teams to score, as West Ham have looked dangerous in attack this season, while the home side has fantastic attacking options.
Our Tips: We are backing the home win at odds of 1/2 and/or both teams to score at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Can the Red Devils get the better of the Hammers once more?