West Brom v Man Utd Betting Tips
Alan Pardew isn’t exactly a shrinking violet. Whether it’s dancing during the FA Cup final, falling out with other managers or head-butting opposition players, Pardew knows how to grab the spotlight. He will, then, be a little frustrated that his move to West Brom has had relatively little coverage.
While Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Claude Puel have claimed big wins since taking over at their clubs, Pardew is yet to secure the win that gets his West Brom career going.
He’s certainly got the chance to change that on Sunday afternoon when Man Utd visit the Hawthorns.
Can West Brom Make Inroads Against Man Utd?
Jose Mourinho will be in no mood for games on Sunday. The Portuguese is a serious figure at the best of times but the fallout from last week’s loss in the derby continues to rumble on.
Mourinho’s chances of lifting the Premier League trophy will likely have to wait until next year but don’t for a second think that means he’ll be any less demanding on his players.
We expect the visitors to take to the pitch with a no nonsense approach on Sunday. They’ll fight for every ball, remain organised and the back and break forward with lightning pace whenever possible.
As for the hosts, they surely must take the game to Man Utd. The whole point of replacing Tony Pulis with Pardew was to inject a bit of excitement back into the Baggies’ play. If Pardew sends his new charges out with instructions just to sit deep and hope to hang on for the point he’ll quickly lose the backing of both the fans and the players.
Pardew tends to start well whenever taking over at a new club and Mourinho will be wary about West Brom but we think this will turn into a fairly comfno-nonsenseernoon for the away side. In fact, we recommend backing Man Utd to win to nil which is available at 6/4 with Boylesports.
Baggies to Get Frustrated with United’s Away Day Tactics
Surprisingly for a big match, Jose Mourinho got his tactics wrong for the Manchester derby. Man City’s weakness was in defence and yet Man Utd never really capitalised by getting the ball into dangerous positions.
For some, that backs up the argument that Mourinho’s approach is overly defensive. The Portuguese doesn’t care though and will always do what he believes is most likely to get the result. Against West Brom that could be killing their early optimism by killing the game.
Jose Mourinho refusing to answer questions about Man City fracas at his press conference, but did eventually say; “The only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity; diversity in behaviours, diversity in education - just that, and nothing more.” pic.twitter.com/l44ZWodMpQ
Jose Mourinho refusing to answer questions about Man City fracas at his press conference, but did eventually say; “The only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity; diversity in behaviours, diversity in education - just that, and nothing more.” pic.twitter.com/l44ZWodMpQ— Dan Roan (@danroan) December 12, 2017
Even without Paul Pogba’s presence in midfield, Man Utd will be able to dictate the tempo of the game and they may look to get off to a fast start so bet on the first goal being scored in the opening half an hour at 4/5 with Winner.
If United do take the sting out of the contest, don’t expect West Brom to take it lying down. The Baggies will put in their fair share of tough tackles so a bet on the home side being shown most cards should pay off at 8/13 with Bet365.
Lukaku to Haunt His Former Employers
Romelu Lukaku made the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the derby. The Belgian had a stinker missing a huge chance and inadvertently setting up both Man City goals.
That performance raised yet more questions about Lukaku’s ability to be the main striker for a club of Man Utd’s calibre. If he wants to win back the fans, Lukaku needs to start scoring and we think he will against West Brom.
Rather than simply backing Lukaku to score, back him to outscore West Brom at 11/4 with Coral.
Top Betting Offers
Man Utd to win to nil at 6/4 with Boylesports
First goal to be scored in the first 30 minutes at 4/5 with Winner
West Brom to be shown most cards at 8/13 with Bet365
Romelu Lukaku to score more goals than West Brom at 11/4 with Coral