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Manchester United vs West Ham Prediction And Betting Tips

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              Manchester United vs West Ham: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

              West Ham travel up north to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in a crucial clash in the race for European places.

              These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

              • Date: 04/02/24
              • Kick-off time: 14:00
              • Venue: Old Trafford

              David Moyes takes his West Ham side to face his former employers Man United as they look to close the gap to those in the top five of the Premier League table.

              The Hammers sit in sixth, just five points behind their London rivals Tottenham and three clear of Brighton who sit a place below them. A win for West Ham could cut the gap to two points, depending on the outcome of the midweek fixtures and other games taking place at the weekend.

              Man United are not too far behind in eighth, and three points would put them level with this weekend’s opponents. However, they will also be cautiously looking at the teams behind them, with three sides looking to take advantage and overtake them should they slip up.

              After beating Man United and Arsenal back to back before the new year, Moyes’ team has stuttered of late, winless in four with three draws and a defeat. The defeat came against Championship side Bristol City in an FA Cup third-round replay as they suffered an early exit. Their most recent game came against Sheffield United, where they surrendered the lead twice, including to a 103rd-minute Oli McBurnie penalty to draw 2-2.

              Scoring goals has been a struggle for Man United this season, with their tally of 24 better than only three teams. They have found the back of the net six times in their last three league fixtures, but before that they failed to score in three consecutive games. Their top scorer is remarkably midfielder Scott McTominay, who has netted five goals, and he is closely followed by Marcus Rashford who has scored four. This perhaps highlights why they are struggling so much in front of goal. West Ham have scored 35 goals this season, led by Jarrod Bowen’s 11 strikes. The winger has enjoyed a very impressive season as he looks to make the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

              Just before Christmas, the two sides met at the London Stadium, with the hosts coming out on top 2-0 winners. Erik Ten Hag’s side enjoyed more possession, but could not find the back of the net. They ultimately paid for their wastefulness, as Bowen and Mohammed Kudus scored two goals in six minutes to put the game out of reach with just over ten minutes to go.

              Since West Ham returned to the Premier League in 2012, the teams have faced off a total of 31 times in all competitions. The Hammers have won the last two meetings but the Red Devils were victorious in seven of the previous eight before that. Their last win at Old Trafford came in a League Cup tie in September 2021. Manuel Lanzini scored the early winner against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

              Team News

              Manchester United Team News

              Marcus Rashford missed the FA Cup game for disciplinary issues but should not miss any more games. Sofyan Amrabat is away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia and Victor Lindelof are all due back sometime in February. Anthony Martial has been ruled out until at least the end of March due to a groin surgery.

              West Ham Team News

              David Moyes will be without Mohammed Kudus and Nayef Aguerd who are both away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Said Benrahma will miss the game through suspension. Lucas Paqueta has been ruled out until March.

              Form Guide (Last Five Games)

              Man United Form Guide:

              In their last five games, Manchester United have won three times, drawn once and lost once. United began this stretch of games with a dramatic comeback win at home to Aston Villa on Boxing Day, which saw them trail 2-0 at half-time. They managed to turn it around with a brace from Alejandro Garnacho and a winner from Rasmus Hojlund, his first Premier League goal for the club.

              Ten Hag’s side could not carry any momentum into the next game as they fell 2-1 at Nottingham Forest. Marcus Rashford cancelled out their host’s opener but were only on level terms for four minutes as Morgan Gibbs-White earned his side all three points in the 82nd minute.

              Their most recent outing was a trip to League Two side Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup, which was the Red Devils’ first game after their winter break. They beat their lower-league opponents 4-2 but it was a lot tougher than anticipated. Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo put the visitors two up, but they were shocked as the underdogs pegged them back to 2-2 shortly after half-time. Tired legs showed as United pulled away at the end through Anthony and Hojlund. They made it to this stage of the competition with a 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic. Goals from Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes ensured they progressed.

              Prior to the winter break, they faced Tottenham at Old Trafford, in what was a back-and-forth game. Ultimately, it was a disappointing result for Ten Hag and his men as they took the lead twice only to draw the game 2-2. They will now travel to Wolves in midweek before hosting West Ham at the weekend.

              West Ham Form Guide:

              In their last five games, West Ham have won once, lost once and drawn three. After a promising start to this stretch of games, the Hammers have struggled. They travelled to the Emirates just before the new year and won 2-0 to upset Arsenal. Goals in each half from Thomas Soucek and ex-Gunner Konstantinos Mavropanos helped them survive 75% of Arsenal's possession and 30 shots.

              However, this was as good as it got for David Moyes as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton in their following game before Bristol City came to the London Stadium and secured a 1-1 draw to earn an FA Cup third round replay. The return fixture at Ashton Gate saw a third-minute goal from Tommy Conway knock West Ham out.

              Their early FA Cup exit means that they have had a long rest since their last game, which was a thrilling 2-2 draw at Sheffield United in the league. Maxwel Cornet opened the scoring in the first half before Ben Brereton-Diaz equalised just before the break. James Ward-Prowse converted from the spot with 11 minutes to go and West Ham were on their way to victory. However, both teams got a man sent off, and the hosts were awarded a late penalty after a foul by Alphonse Areola. After a lengthy delay, the spot kick was eventually converted in the 13th minute of stoppage time. The drama did not end there though, as Jarrod Bowen was denied a penalty of his own shortly after.

              West Ham host Bournemouth on Thursday before travelling to Old Trafford at the weekend.

              Footy Accumulators Prediction

              West Ham have struggled of late, but can be confident of bouncing back against an inconsistent Man United side. The hosts have scored at least two goals in three of their last four games at Old Trafford and will be hoping this continues. We expect a close game with our prediction: Manchester United 2-2 West Ham

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