Two teams with hopes of claiming a Champions League slot at the end of the season meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday in this regulation 3pm kick off. Fourth place West Ham have a two-point advantage over their opponents but, while Manchester United are currently three places behind, Ralf Rangnick’s men have a game in hand.
Neither side won last weekend but the Hammers’ 2-3 loss at home to Leeds was an unexpected outcome against a relegation-threatened side. It looks an evenly matched contest but what do the bookies make of it all? This EPL match preview, with closing betting tips, should help unravel the outcome.
Man Utd are an odds-on option across the board with most sportsbooks going in at 10/11 on the home win. The draw is up next at 27/10 with a win for West Ham United completing the result market at best industry odds of 3/1.
The Hammers were inactive in midweek while Manchester United made the long trip to face Brentford on Wednesday night. After the disappointment of surrendering a 2-0 lead to Aston Villa last Saturday, Ralf Rangnick’s side responded with a comfortable 3-1 win at Brentford.
It is also worth looking at head-to-heads this season as the teams have already played each other twice. On the 19th of September, West Ham lost 2-1 to the Red Devils at home in the Premier League. Just three days later, the Hammers got revenge with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup.
Manchester United fielded a weakened team in that cup tie but West Ham weren’t at full strength either. In general, the form guide and those head-to-heads suggest this may be closer than the match odds indicate.
We claimed a profit on Bruno Fernandes in the anytime goal market last weekend and he’s worth watching once again. The Portuguese international is quoted at 9/2 in the first goalscorer market and you can also claim that 9/2 figure on Edinson Cavani.
The favourite to open the scoring is Cristiano Ronaldo at 10/3 while West Ham’s first representative is Michail Antonio at 7/1.
In terms of value options from behind the front men, the Hammers’ Tomas Soucek is always worth considering. The Czech defender has scored some important goals during his time in East London and is available at 18/1 for the first strike. For Manchester United, Marcus Rashford was on target in midweek and should attract some interest for Saturday’s game at 7/1.
Away from those individual player bets, Both Teams to Score is quoted for Saturday’s game at industry best odds of 4/6. If you prefer to take the ‘No’ option on BTTS, this extends to a top price of 11/8.
As those numbers suggest, the stats are good in terms of Both Teams to Score and 4/6 is a relatively generous price. In their two combined games last weekend, nine goals were scored and BTTS would have dropped in on both occasions.
Man Utd followed that up with their 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday so the numbers are encouraging.
Over in the Total Goals betting, a stake Above the 2.5 line is on offer at best odds of 8/11. A push to Over 3.5 will take that to a top price of 15/8. Alternatively, if you feel this could be a low scorer, a stake Under the 2.5 goal line attracts a best of 6/5.
Some Correct Score suggestions finish things off and a repeat of West Ham’s 3-2 defeat from last weekend is one option. Manchester United 3 West Ham United 2 is available at best odds of 25/1 while a 2-1 victory in favour of the Hammers is quoted at 12/1. Finally, a high scoring draw at 2-2 is also on offer at 12/1.
Our Preview’s MUFC vs WHU Betting Tips Verdict
The options that this preview has mentioned in the side markets section hint at a high scoring game and we feel that’s the way to go. Trends are meant to be broken but we’ve seen those recent scoring statistics from two attack-minded teams and we suspect things will continue in the same attacking mode.
Ralf Rangnick may not have transformed Manchester United in his short tenure but he’s got the team on the front foot and the fact that Bruno Fernandes is finding the target again is another encouraging factor.
West Ham are not exactly goal shy themselves so, while the result may be a close call, we can take advantage of the side bets for Saturday’s game. Both Teams to Score may be odds on but 4/6 isn’t the worst price in a market that can go much shorter.
Meanwhile, Over 3.5 goals looks generous by comparison at a figure of 15/8. If forced to pick a winner, this preview would edge towards MUFC but these two side bets are our betting tips preference for what should be an entertaining 90 minutes: