It’s bad versus worse in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday evening in the Premier League as Manchester United, with one win on their last five in all competitions, welcome a West Ham side to Old Trafford who haven’t won an away game since December. Can Ole get back to winning ways?
Manchester United vs West Ham United – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 13 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 17:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Graham Scott
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch this game live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the 90 minutes.
Manchester United vs West Ham United – The Form Guide
United have hit a bit of a sticky patch. Ever since Ole’s permanently been at the wheel, the Red Devils have struggled. There are rumours of a rift involving the manager and Paul Pogba now too. Who knows if that’s true or not.
Since a cracking 3-1 away win in Paris, United have gone to Arsenal and lost, gone to Wolves twice and lost both times, and failed to get anything out of their match with Barcelona. They did manage to beat Watford at home in amongst all of those.
If West Ham turn up as if they’re already on holiday, they’ll get embarrassed. The likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial could tear the Hammers apart if they’re not at the top of their game. They were on the bench against Barcelona so could start here.
Pellegrini won’t want them to slack off, but they need to do better. West Ham have failed to win an away game this year and are coming into this one on the back of two poor displays in 2-0 defeats to Everton and Chelsea.
One bad omen for West Ham fans hoping to come away from Old Trafford with a positive result is that the Hammers have not won there since Carlos Tevez kept them in the Premier League back in 2007.
What is the Team News?
Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are both suspended for the home side, whereas Ander Herrera remains sidelined with a muscle complaint. It doesn’t end there. Nemanja Matic is ill and could miss out, and Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez, and Antonio Valencia are all injured.
West Ham have problems of their own. Samir Nasri still isn’t fit after getting injured in the warmup before the Chelsea match. Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, and Winston Reid remains out due to injury. There is some good news. Michail Antonio is back fit again and should play some part.
Man Utd Predicted XI: De Gea, Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Rojo, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku.
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Anderson, Arnautovic.
Manchester United are clear favourites with the bookies at odds of 2/5. West Ham don’t stand much chance at 7/1, with the draw being priced up at 4/1.
2-1. I don’t think it will be the hammering everyone is expecting, but I do expect United to prevail. West Ham have goals in them, it’s just whether they click on the day. They seem to do better against the bigger teams, which is why I think they can nick a goal. However, I think the home side will make their possession count and get the win they need to get their season back on track.
The bookies expect both teams to score as the odds on the ‘yes’ selection is 8/11. Over 2.5 goals is also short at 1/2. I’m not convinced we’ll see a goal fest, so my bet here will be on under 3.5 goals at reasonable odds of 4/6. West Ham owe their fans a performance, so I don’t expect them to just roll over this weekend.
Match Stats & Facts
- Manchester United have only beaten West Ham twice in their last eight Premier League meetings.
- If West Ham win here, it’ll be their first double over United since 2007.
- Manchester United have not lost at home to West Ham since 2007.
- West Ham have lost six of their last seven away league games. They’ve not won a single away game in 2019 yet.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last five home appearances against West Ham.