Man Utd v West Ham Betting Tips
It was a tough first season for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd but the Portuguese manager showed his class to come through the challenges and take the club back into the Champions League thanks to their Europa League triumph.
Having spent more big money over the summer, Mourinho knows that his team must make a push for the title. That push begins on Sunday afternoon when West Ham are the visitors to Old Trafford for their first game of the season.
West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic, is arguably under even more pressure than Mourinho. The Croatian doesn’t quite have the same level of scrutiny but after a poor last season and some good signings over the summer, Bilic desperately needs a better campaign this time around to keep his job.
Top Betting Tips
Neither Man Utd or West Ham come into Sunday’s game on the back of strong results. Mourinho’s side were flattered by the 2-1 score line against Real Madrid in the Super Cup while the Irons were well beaten in their final pre-season match against Man City.
That has left both Mourinho and Bilic with plenty of thinking to do ahead of their meeting at Old Trafford.
West Ham have drawn three of their last four games at Old Trafford in all competitions but with Man Utd looking to kick on and push for the title and the Irons’ defence looking slightly brittle, anything other than a home win would be a surprise.
You won’t get rich backing Man Utd to win but they should get the three points at the best price of 6/19 with Unibet.
Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola has had a lot of criticism for not altering his approach to the Premier League. That’s not a criticism that can be levelled at Mourinho.
He has gone out of his way to fill his team with tall, strong players who won’t be bullied and we saw against Real Madrid that he is going to prioritise defensive solidity above everything else.
Whether that works in the long term remains to be seen but Man Utd should be able to keep West Ham at bay so a bet on under 2.5 goals should pay out at 129/100 with Marathonbet.
Mourinho has a solid base to build from in terms of his defence but he can only hope that the signing of Romelu Lukaku will add the goals that were desperately missing last season.
The big Belgian was very happy to score against Real Madrid after missing a sitter and he should get off to a quick start for United in the league.
Lukaku has a phenomenal scoring record against West Ham and could be the man to open the scoring on Sunday at 10/3 with BetVictor.
One of the main problems that Man Utd had last season was their inability to kill off winnable games at Old Trafford. We think they will get the win on Sunday but they’ll have to work for it which means a bet on the draw/Man Utd selection in Ladbrokes’ half time/full-time market could pay dividends at 11/4.
Slaven Bilic experimented with different defensive shapes last season. At times, West Ham looked stronger with three at the back but he’s stuck with a flat back four in pre-season and that is likely the way he will approach the game at Old Trafford.
That allows West Ham to get an extra body into midfield and they should be competitive in the middle of the park. However, it could reduce their efficiency up front with Javier Hernandez likely to be running the line on his own.
If Man Utd feel comfortable at the back, they will start dominating possession. West Ham will look to maintain their shape in defence but the Red Devils should have enough creativity and class in attacking positions to wear the Irons’ resistance down.
- West Ham left Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw last season but were beaten at home by Man Utd 2-0
- The Irons said goodbye to Upton Park the season before last with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Man Utd but were knocked out of the FA Cup in the same campaign by Sunday’s opponents
- Man Utd have lost just two of their last 29 Premier League games
- The last nine Man Utd home games have resulted in under 2.5 goals being scored
Man Utd – De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Valencia, Darmian; Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Rashford, Lukaku
West Ham – Hart; Reid, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang, Lanzini; Ayew, Arnautovic, Hernandez