Following a disappointing defeat over the weekend in the FA Cup competition, Manchester United will look to shake it off and rebound as they continue their top-4 push.
United will be appalled with their performance vs. Chelsea on Sunday. And though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did name a weakened starting group, they could’ve put up more of a fight. Now the focus shifts solely back to the Premier League, and the desperation has never been higher for United to squeak into a top-4 spot and qualify for next year’s coveted Champions League. With many talented pieces reportedly willing to join United if they qualify for this competition, their final two matches could have huge implications.
Meanwhile, their opponents from East London will be looking to spoil the party at Old Trafford. West Ham United have escaped the relegation conversation, partly due to their goal-scoring prowess of late. Though it hasn’t been a good campaign for David Moyes’ men, the Hammers have played well since the restart, proving that they can find goals vs. anyone. Without much to play for now, aside from pride – you can bet that the former Man United manager Moyes, will be keen to stick it to his former franchise.
With many storylines and all that is still on the line this late in the Premier League campaign, this match-up between United and West Ham should be electric. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for team news, tactics, and a betting suggestion as we aim to finish this season’s EPL campaign firmly in the green.
Manchester United vs. West Ham Betting Odds:
Man United (-400)
West Ham (+1100)
Over 3.5 (+110)
Under 3.5 (-130)
Man United -1.5 (-145)
West Ham +1.5 (+125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester United vs. West Ham Pick:
After a resting a significant portion of his players over the weekend, expect a full-strength side for United on Wednesday. Luke Shaw remains doubtful at left-back, though beyond that we should see their strongest eleven.
That likely means a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba playing crucial roles at the base of the midfield. That duo are both bit and strong, and should prove to be imperative at winning balls – both on the ground and in the air, and distributing them up top to United’s talented strikers. West Ham also has a big scoring punch, so Pogba and Matic will be important at shutting those counters down.
West Ham United meanwhile don’t have much to play for, though you can bet Moyes and his side will be keen to spoil the party. Look for them to employ a strong lineup, focused on having a real go at United – as it’s the only way the Hammers play. Expect them to counter strongly with numbers, but beyond that – this isn’t a side that plays all that well without the ball.
One West Ham player to watch is their outright striker Michail Antonio. He’s been red-hot in recent games, recently netting a hattrick. The big forward could be a handful for Man U’s vulnerable central back pairing of Maguire and Lindelof.
With all that is on the line on Wednesday, it’s hard to imagine keeper David de Gea and the entire squad not bouncing back for United at home. There’s big pressure to get into the Champions League, but there is also a big gap between these two sides. Though the Hammers have netted 7 goals in their last two games, their defense isn’t up to par to contend with United’s attack. Expect an open match, and one in which United pulls away late in, ultimately winning by two goals and covering our spread.
Pick: Manchester United 3-1