Manchester United v West Ham Betting Preview – 30/11/16

Manchester United v West Ham Betting Preview – 30/11/16

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Manchester United v West Ham United Betting Preview – 30/11/16

In our Manchester United v West Ham betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Manchester United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford for the second time in four days with a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals up for grabs. These two played out a pulsating 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League with Diafra Sakho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting on the scoresheet. The hosts went into that one as favourites and they do again here. Jose Mourinho’s men are eight points above their opponents in the Premier League and they’ve lost just once at home this season. The Hammers have struggled to deliver any consistency this year but a win over Chelsea in the previous round shows that they’re capable of getting a big result when needed.

Big things were expected of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United this season after some big money was spent in the summer transfer window. The arrivals of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic raised expectations at Old Trafford but they’ve found it tough to deliver to date. The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League after thirteen games and they’re already being written off by some regarding a title bid. So the EFL Cup could now become a key competition for United and we’re expecting Jose Mourinho to take this very serious. Their run to the quarter-finals has seen them overcome Northampton (3-1) & Manchester City (1-0) and they’ll feel they have a great opportunity to progress further.

If The Red Devils are to go through they’ll have to do it without the worlds most expensive after he picked up his fifth booking of the season on Sunday. This will be the first game Pogba hasn’t featured in since his return to Manchester back in August so it will be interesting to see how they perform without him. Mourinho is expected to field a strong side and could hand starts to Wayne Rooney and Mkhitaryan who both came off the bench on Sunday and impressed. Marcus Rashford is also in line to continue in attack and we can see his pace causing West Ham’s backline all kinds of problems. The nineteen year-old has five goals for the season and we can see him adding to that total, he’s available at 23/20 score anytime which looks like decent value.

West Ham have been one of the Premier League’s biggest underachievers this season under Slaven Bilic. A lot was expected of The Hammers after a standout 15/16 but they’ve struggled to repeat the consistency that took them so far and they’re down in sixteenth position. Sunday’s draw was certainly a step in the right direction however and they have plenty of capable match winners in their squad. Key men such as Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew are getting back to full fitness and form and they’ll be a huge threat here. Payet’s ability from set pieces is something well known about at Old Trafford, the Frenchmen scored a spectacular free-kick in the FA Cup last season and assisted Diafra Sakho on Sunday.

The Hammers secured their place in the quarter-finals by overcoming Accrington (1-0) and Chelsea (2-1). The tie against Chelsea was one of the games of the fourth round with The Hammers producing a fantastic display to come out on top at the London Stadium. Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Manuel Fernandes sealed a big victory which proved that their more than capable of getting a result against any side on their day. A performance of the same ilk is needed here if they’re to qualify for the semis and Sunday’s display will give them plenty of confidence. Slaven Bilic’s men had opportunities to seal the three points and we can see them causing plenty of problems here.

The EFL Cup has come at the perfect time for both of these clubs and they will relish taking some time away from their stuttering league campaigns. Manchester United come into this clash as favourites with home advantage behind them and we can see them having just about enough to edge out West Ham. The Red Devils have an excellent record over The Hammers and we’re backing them to come out on top with BTTS (priced at 21/10). A goal in both halves looks like a banker if Sunday’s game is anything to go by and that’s available at 8/13.

Recommended Bets:

Marcus Rashford to score anytime: (Best Priced at 23/20 at William Hill) BET HERE

Manchester United to win & BTTS: (Best Priced at 21/10 at Betfair) BET HERE

Goal in both halves: (Best Priced at 8/13 at Coral) BET HERE

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