West Ham host Manchester United as they seek to overcome a dreary defeat at Anfield.
David Moyes must reinvigorate his squad after their deflating 5-1 loss in Merseyside which saw them have a mere 0.06 Expected Goals compared to Liverpool’s 2.8. It was only a moment of magic by Jared Bowen that saw them net their singular goal.
Despite having just two goal attempts compared to Liverpool’s 28, the lineup that day contained certain rotational elements and it’s long odds-on they better that quiet performance on Saturday afternoon.
West Ham United v Manchester United
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MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-0 Manchester United
MAR 2023 FA CUP Manchester United 3-1 West Ham
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-0 West Ham
JAN 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-0 West Ham
SEP 2021 EFL CUP Manchester United 0-1 West Ham
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-2 Manchester United
MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-0 West Ham
FEB 2021 FA CUP Manchester United 0-0 West Ham
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 Manchester United
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 West Ham
It’s been nothing but a satisfactory season thus far for West Ham as they sit 9th in the Premier League just one point behind their enemies on Saturday and have recently sealed the top spot in their Europa League group.
London Stadium has seen just one defeat in West Ham’s last ten matches and they currently have an unbeaten run stretching back seven games to Everton at the end of October. Other than that match, they’ve scored in every home game this season and have accumulated a total of 29 goals across 17 games, interestingly 11 more than Manchester United.
Jared Bowen has contributed to over a third of those and has been the model of consistency with ten goals so far – the same number as Spurs’ star Son. It seems as if the 27-year-old isn’t getting the mainstream credit he deserves for this mouthwatering season. He’s already four ahead of last season’s tally when he played every match and only two behind the season prior when he missed just two fixtures.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see Jared break the 20 barrier as we approach the halfway stage of the season.
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The travelling Manchester United arrive at the London Stadium after an unexpected goalless draw at Anfield. This resulted in van Dijk’s controversial comments regarding the pessimistic playstyle Erik ten Hag adopted. However, I believe the travellers squandered sufficient chances in the second half particularly to oppose the bitter comments by Virgil and justify the style of football displayed.
Will Erik see this fixture as a more winnable match and deploy resources accordingly? With the Dane Rasmus Hojlund still goalless after 13 matches, his confidence level can’t be much higher than his colleagues in a goal drought living in Carrington.
The Red Devils have just one win from their last six in all competitions which came against a deflated Chelsea and have had early exits from both the EFL Cup and the Champions League. These results have led to Erik ten Hag seeming like a perpetual favourite in the ‘Next to Leave’ markets.
Recent losses to the lineup include Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot with the latter receiving the infamous red card against Liverpool. Couple these with the prolonged absence of Malacia and Martinez, the away defence certainly looks to be vulnerable on Saturday.
With West Ham’s goalscoring capabilities at home established and Manchester United’s exposure mentioned, I’m backing Over 3.5 Goals with starsports.bet
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PROFIT/LOSS (DEC 2023): LOSS -7.94 points