Premier League: West Ham vs Manchester United
Venue: Boleyn Ground – Saturday, February 8 – 4:15PM
Match Odds: West Ham United 14/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 19/20
West Ham United entertain Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United side in the late afternoon kick off this Sunday.
The Hammers have enjoyed some fantastic form at home so far this season, including that memorable 2-1 victory against Manchester City and will hope to beat the team from the red side of Manchester on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce’s men will be looking to get their European desires back on track after slipping down to 8th in the Premier League in what has been a very good season for his side.
We have to look back as far as 2007 for the last time they beat Manchester United at home but they have shown their ability to perform against the big sides this season.
West Ham United’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 3
United are in for a tricky clash and judging by their away form this season we could well see them struggle to pick up all three points. Van Gaal has been keen to have his side put in steady performances away from home but has to start winning more on the road if they are to seal that all-important top four finish.
West Ham ‘keeper Adrian will be looking to shine as he has done on many occasions this season just like his Spanish counterpart, David de Gea and with two goalkeepers in excellent shot-stopping form we could see a low scoring tie.
Manchester United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 6 – Lost 2
The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Manchester United edge it 2-1 in an exciting, attacking tie and we can only hope for much of the same this weekend.
West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/W/L
Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/L/W/W
Key Stat: At the 23 game mark last season West Ham were sitting in the relegation zone with 19 points, compared to this season’s tally of 36 points in 8th position.
Key Player: Alex Song – The midfield powerhouse has been a revelation for the Hammers so far this season and must impact the game to ensure his side do not lose.
Score Prediction: West Ham United 2 – 2 Manchester United – Both sides have been susceptible to a draw this season and neither manager will want to lose any ground in the push for European football.