Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United
Venue: The Hawthorns – Sunday, March 6 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: West Bromwich Albion 16/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 19/20
A win here for West Brom would take them to 39 points. Getting up to and over that 40 mark for any side in the bottom half of the table is always a huge relief, and although they are not a side who look like relegation candidates, it will be a good feeling nonetheless.
Tony Pulis’ Albion side are 12 points above the relegation zone and they will now be gunning to finish the Premier League season in the highest position they can.
West Brom come into this one off the back of their hard earned 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Tuesday night – further proof that any side can take points from another this season, and the Baggies will hope to perform as well against United this weekend.
Manchester United closed the gap on the top four with their midweek win over Watford, and with other results going in their favour, Louis Van Gaal’s side chances of qualifying for the Premier League received a major boost.
They struck late on through Juan Mata against Watford and are now level on points with neighbours Manchester City in fourth place, although United have played an extra game.
Louis Van Gaal seems to have the United fans onside once again, despite enduring a tough season, and he will hope they can end the season in a positive way. However, his role at the club still appears to be uncertain.
United have won their last two and are ten points off top spot. Securing Champions League football will be their main aim but given how this season has gone no side can be ruled out of challenging for the title with ten games to go.
West Brom have a short injury list ahead of this game. They are expected to be without Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Callum McManaman, while former United defender Jonny Evans is a doubt.
Van Gaal’s injury woes are ongoing. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Will Keane and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out here. Chris Smalling and Cameron Borthwick Jackson are both doubts.
West Brom’s form: D/L/W/W/D
Manchester United’s form: W/D/L/W/W
Key Stat: West Brom are unbeaten in their last five home games in the Premier League.
Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker has been in solid form of late. He netted the winner against Watford in midweek with his fifth goal of the season and that was one which could prove to be vital in the race for European football next season. He will look to prove the difference again here.
West Brom 1-2 Manchester United – Given United’s recent performances you have to just fancy them to edge this one. West Brom are going to be a very resilient and are a tough side to break down so it’s not going to be easy for Van Gaal’s side. If United can put together a long winning streak there are no bounds to where they can end up after the next ten games.