Betting Preview: United vs West HamJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Manchester United clash with West Ham on Saturday but Louis van Gaal is remaining calm despite their 5-3 defeat at Leicester City last weekend. With only one remaining centre-back United look weak approaching the game so I’ll be betting on West Ham for the win.
Having won only a single game in the Premier League under Van Gaal, United have had a shaky start to the season. The Red Devils now need a win more than ever but it looks unlikely with the team’s defence riddled with injuries.
With Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett (suspended) all side-lined, Van Gaal may need to debut left-back Luke Shaw at Old Trafford and shift Marcos Rojo over to centre-back.
Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellani and Michael Carrick have also been ruled out of the line-up due to injuries.
Despite such an extensive list of injured players the United boss has played down fears over the team’s disastrous start to the season.
“At the start we won all of our pre-season games but now we are in difficult circumstances. We should have won last weekend – we had to win when we were 3-1 up,” he said. “If we had, we would have been two points off second place.
“But because of the loss you are now questioning me. If we won then it would have been different. We will overcome things – the season lasts a long time.”
West Ham approach tomorrow’s game in much higher spirits after beating Liverpool 3-1 a week ago. Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho found the net early on which set the tone for the rest of the match. The victory sees Allardyce’s men now occupying 8th place in the table.
If West Ham can continue their winning streak tomorrow it will be their first victory over United in seven years.
“It takes time to get players gelling together. It’s not an excuse, it’s an actual fact,” the West Ham boss said of United’s season so far. “It takes time for everyone to get to know each other. United have already changed the system once to find a solution.
“They’ve got a few injuries, particularly defensive ones, so it’s another opportunity for us to exploit. We are going into the game with confidence and as underdogs. Hopefully we can go out and continue our good performances and get a result.”
Although Saturday’s fixture will come too soon for injured Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis, the Hammers look to be the stronger team ahead of the game.
Carl Calls It: If you’re betting on the game then take a punt on West Ham to win. 888 Sport have them priced at 11/2 which will return £65 on a £10 bet.