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.