Man Utd v West Ham Betting Offers and Tips – 13th August 2017

Published: 09.08.2017
Jose Mourinho was keen to tell everybody who would listen that he won three trophies in his first season in charge of Man Utd.

Those wins were impressive – especially the Europa League triumph – but Man Utd are a club who should be competing for the very biggest prizes.

In that regard, it was clear from the 2-1 Super Cup defeat against Real Madrid that United have plenty of work to do.

Thankfully for their fans, Man Utd won’t have to face Real Madrid in the Premier League. With more big money reinforcements over the summer, Mourinho now has a team moulded in his own image and he is targeting the title.

That title challenge begins on Sunday when West Ham, who have made their own impressive signings, travel to Old Trafford for their first match of a hugely important season for their manager, Slaven Bilic.

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Betting Analysis

West Ham fans have some good memories of visiting Old Trafford. The Irons managed a draw in the league there last season, there was that wonderful Dimitri Payet free-kick the year before and their infamous FA Cup win when Paolo Di Canio scored past a complaining Fabian Barthez.

Old Trafford is one of the most recognised soccer grounds in the world and fans love to visit but it’s unlikely that those who travel up from East London on Sunday will enjoy their trip too much.

West Ham were roundly beaten by Man City in their final pre-season game and look near certainties to suffer the same fate against the other Manchester club.

Man Utd will have to work for their win but we recommend backing them at odds of $1.32 with Unibet.

One of the main reasons that Man Utd didn’t finish higher than seventh last season was their inability to kill off the Premier League’s lesser lights.

We think they’ll have enough to beat West Ham but they will have to remain patient. So, try a bet on the draw/Man Utd selection in William Hill’s half time/full time market at $4.

The potential for stubborn resistance from West Ham could also make it worth betting on under 2.5 goals which is $2.19 with Palmerbet.

Mourinho and all Man Utd fans hope that the goals of Romelu Lukaku will make a big difference this season.

The big Belgian will be keen to score his first league goal for his new club on Sunday and given his wonderful record of scoring against West Ham with West Brom and Everton, he looks a solid first goalscorer bet at $3.75 with Bet365.

Top Betting Tips

Man Utd to win at $1.32

Draw/Man Utd in half time/full time at $4 with William Hill

Under 2.5 goals at £2.19 with Palmerbet

Romelu Lukaku to score first a $3.75 with Bet365

Key Battles

Mourinho showed his cards against Real Madrid. He set his team out with a four-man defence but placed new signing, Nemanja Matic, right in front of the back four for protection.

That tactic was unable to stop perhaps the best team in the world at the moment but you can expect it to be employed throughout the coming Premier League season.

A similar approach against West Ham may prove to be a little bit of overkill as the Irons are likely to play with Javier Hernandez on his own up front and the Mexican could well suffer from a lack of support from midfield.

That should ensure that Man Utd are able to dominate possession and dictate the pace of the game. West Ham will look to limit their opponent’s space but the likes of Juan Mata and Paul Pogba have the quality to unpick a defence with one pass while the pace and power of Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will cause West Ham all sorts of problems.

Match Stats

  • West Ham drew 1-1 in the league at Old Trafford last season but they lost 4-1 there in the League Cup and were beaten 2-0 by Man Utd at home
  • Man Utd have gone unbeaten in a remarkable 27 of their last 29 Premier League games
  • There have been two or fewer goals scored in each of the last nine Man Utd home games
  • West Ham have won just one of their last six encounters with Man Utd

Predicted Line-Up

Man Utd – De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Valencia, Darmian; Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Rashford, Lukaku

West Ham – Hart; Reid, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang, Lanzini; Ayew, Arnautovic, Hernandez

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