West Ham vs Manchester United: Hammers need more of the same
West Ham vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure again after two disappointing results at Old Trafford in the space of four days and suddenly West Ham look a different beast.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves last weekend and then were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Derby in midweek.
In contrast, West Ham's problems are easing after following up their first Premier League win of the season at Everton with a goalless draw to end Chelsea's unbeaten start.
When is it? Saturday 29th September
What time is kick-off? 12:30
Where is it being played? London Stadium
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1
Who is the referee? Paul Tierney
West Ham vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:
There was some concern over when West Ham would finally get off the mark after losing their first four Premier League matches under Manuel Pellegrini but the win at Everton got them off the mark.
A creditable goalless draw with Chelsea followed and the Hammers seem to be starting to gel, with last weekend being their best defensive performance of the season in terms of chances allowed and resulted in their first clean sheet.
United, in contrast, struggled to create chances at home to Wolves and their xG of 0.77 was their lowest of the campaign so under 2.5 goals is the first of our West Ham vs Manchester United predictions at odds of 19/20.
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Both teams have been much better in the first 45 minutes than in the second half this season. West Ham have only been behind once at the break and four of their five goals have been in the first half, with United netting seven out of nine before the interval.
That suggests 21/10 for the most goals to come in the first half is good value for the next of our West Ham vs Manchester United betting tips, and we're also taking 7/1 for the first half to finish 1-1.
First goalscorer tips
We've already had some success with Paul Pogba this season and he again looks good value at 15/2 in the first goalscorer odds.
He gave us a winner in our preview of the Champions League match against Young Boys and as United's regular penalty-taker this season, Pogba can add to his four goals so far.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Luke Shaw is back in Mourinho's good books this season and has kept his place in the team despite the return of Ashley Young.
Shaw opened his United account with a goal against Leicester in the opening match of the season and appeals at 8/1 to double his tally.
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Where the game will be won or lost
West Ham have looked a vastly improved team in the last two matches, so much so that they were left feeling they could have beaten Chelsea last week.
Pellegrini's gameplan deprived Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso of space down the left and given that is where United create most of their chances, a repeat performance should pay off for the Hammers.
Teenager Declan Rice excelled in a deep-lying midfield role and believes the win at Everton has given them a huge boost in confidence.
"We all knew our jobs and we all gave 100 per cent," he said after the Chelsea game. "We took so much confidence (from the Everton win). Once you get three points everyone is happy and we were so close to getting that again. Everyone was still buzzing.
"It feels a bit like two points dropped, but a draw is better than a loss. We've got Manchester United at home next week and that's a crucial game, so hopefully we can take the three points there."
A few weeks ago this would have looked a certain win for United but it could be another frustrating afternoon for Mourinho.
Marko Arnautovic returns for West Ham after a knee injury, but Javier Hernandez is still sidelined through illness. Carlos Sanchez suffered a knee injury against Macclesfield in midweek and joins Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid in the treatment room.
Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are the only absentees for Manchester United, where Paul Pogba will be among the starters. Marcus Rashford returns from a domestic ban.
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