Manchester United visit West Ham United on Saturday, September 29, aiming to stay in touch with the teams at the top of the Premier League.
The Red Devils have bounced back from a sketchy start to the season with victories at Burnley and Watford to raise hopes that they could emerge as title contenders.
A home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of the trip to the London Stadium gives United an ideal opportunity to put more points on the board.
Jose Mourinho’s side are likely to be favourites for the game according to wagering market and there are plenty of reasons to believe they can pick up three points. To keep an eye on the latest odds and predictions, check out online betting from BetEasy and see how Manchester United performs this season.
It has been well-documented that Mourinho was unhappy with United’s failure to sign a top class centre-half this summer, but they looked more solid defensively in their last two away games.
Marouane Fellaini’s introduction as a screen in front of the back four has strengthened United’s spine, giving the team a better platform from which to attack.
United’s recent record against the Hammers also bodes well for their chances of recording a victory. Two defeats in their last 25 meetings with the London club in all competitions is an impressive statistic and they will fancy their chances of extending that run.
While United have their eyes on the top of the standings, West Ham will head into the game looking nervously over their shoulders.
Four defeats in their opening five games was a worrying start for the club, but an impressive 3-1 success at Everton eased some of the pressure around the club.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side face a tough home fixture against Chelsea ahead of their clash with United and he will be hoping his players can build on their performance at Goodison Park over the coming weeks.
Pellegrini spent heavily during the transfer window, although his appointment hasn’t yet worked out in the way the club would have hoped.
The Chilean will take heart from the fact that West Ham held United to a goalless draw on their last trip to the London Stadium back in May, but it’s difficult to imagine the visitors not scoring this time around.
Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are beginning link up well in the forward areas and they could be a good bet to get amongst the goals against the Hammers.
With United looking solid on the road in their last two away games in the league it could pay to wager on a 2-0 scoreline in this game.