West Brom

V

The Hawthorns

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Manchester United

V

The Hawthorns

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Two teams at opposite ends of the table clash in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Last time: A 2-0 win for United on the same weekend last season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both of the goals, and the visitors had the match wrapped up inside an hour.

This time: West Brom are 6/1 to win with Manchester United at 3/5 and the draw 10/3.

You might remember: Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of United was a frantic 5-5 draw at The Hawthorns on the final day of the 2012-13 season.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Both teams need the points, but for very different reasons. West Brom have yet to really get going under new boss Alan Pardew and are still in danger of relegation. If United harbour any realistic hopes of winning the title then this is a match they simply have to take three points from.

West Brom are 6/1 to win, and their wretched home form explains why. Since winning their first game at the Hawthorns this season, the Baggies have drawn five and lost two of the subsequent seven. In their last three at home they have drawn with bottom side Crystal Palace, thrown a two goal lead away against Newcastle, and were battered by Chelsea.

Manchester United are 3/5 and their away form has generally been impressive this season. They may have surprisingly lost at Huddersfield, but they have won four times on the road and only City and Chelsea have done so more times in 2017-18. They will also be full of confidence after their 3-1 win at Arsenal in their last away match.

The draw is 10/3, and it could well be on the cards. Most of West Brom’s recent games have either been draws or 1-0 defeats, so a close game is probably in order. Mourinho won’t park the bus like he does in the toughest away matches, but he will be content to keep it tight and assume United’s quality will prevail.

Lukaku is 7/2 to open the scoring against his former team. He’s not in the best of form, but he tends to do well against the smaller clubs, and he has scored four times in his seven outings against the Baggies. With only one goal in his last nine league matches, the Belgian striker is well overdue a goal.

Salomon Rondon is 17/5 to score anytime, even though he isn’t in the best of form. The ex-Zenit St. Petersburg striker only has two goals this season, but he has scored against Spurs and will be a threat on set pieces. He can be backed at 9/1 to score first, and 25/1 to score two which would double his tally for the season.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Under 2.5 goals. This is available at 6/7 and looks like it could be a certainty. Since the start of 2016/17, only Burnley have featured in fewer matches with at least three goals than West Brom and the Red Devils have. With the Baggies averaging one goal per game at home and United’s main striker in poor form, this looks a great bet.

2

We fancy:

Manchester United to win and Lingard to score at 3/1. The England international is in great form at the moment, and six of his eight career goals in the Premier League have come away from Old Trafford.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Correct score of 0-4 at 25/1. United have scored at least four goals six times in the Premier League, which is more than anybody else. If they score early and West Brom have to open up in a bid to rescue the game, then Mourinho’s boys might run riot.

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Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.