West Ham vs Man United betting tips and predictions for the Premier League clash on Monday 2nd January including the best odds, team news and head to head stats.
The festive football continues on Monday as West Ham United host Manchester United at the Olympic Stadium. Here are some tips and predictions for the game live on Sky Sports.
West Ham failed to score for the first time in ten league games on Saturday when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Champions Leicester City but this was the first defeat for Slaven Bilic’s men over the Christmas period and they can be happy with their points total in December. They picked up three consecutive wins against Burnley, Hull and Swansea and this has lifted them into mid-table and into a more secure position than they were earlier in this season. They haven’t quite hit the heights of last season and Dimitri Payet has blew hot and cold all season and with rumours about his future set to continue with the transfer window opening, it remains to be seen if he can recover the form from early 2016. The Frenchmen does like playing against Manchester United though as he provided two assists in this fixture last season and scored at Old Trafford back in March in the FA Cup.
Manchester United are unbeaten in twelve matches in all competitions and have won their last five league matches and it looks as if Jose Mourinho has finally settled on a winning formula at Old Trafford. The midfield trio of Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba have allowed the latter to produce the best form of his season in recent weeks and the world’s most expensive player is starting to look like the real deal. They scored two late goals on Saturday to defeat a stubborn Middlesbrough side and this has left them three points behind neighbours City who are in the top four and they will be confident of finishing there if they can continue with the form that they are in.
My first West Ham vs Man United prediction is going to be for Manchester United to win and both teams to score. I think that the red devils are on a roll at the moment and with all their attacking flair I expect them to score enough to get the three points. I do think West Ham will score though, they have scored in 10 out of the last 11 games and Mourinho’s men have conceded in their last two matches against Sunderland and Middlesbrough. The best odds for this are 5/2 at Paddy Power.
My second West Ham vs Man United betting tip is going to be for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score at any time. He has scored in his last four league matches away from home and there’s no doubt he’ll get a few chances on Monday night. He is 11/10 to score at any time with William Hill and I think this is a banker bet considering the form he is in.
My third and final West Ham vs Man United betting tip is going to be for a goal to be scored after the 76th minute. Games between these two often have late drama and this has happened in four of the last five matches between the two. This has also happened in Manchester United’s last two games and I expect the same to happen here. Odds for this are 10/11 at William Hill and this completes my football tips for this game.
The Hammers have numerous injuries to contend with as James Collins, Diafra Sakho and Gokhan Tore are all out with long term injuries. Captain Mark Noble was substituted in their defeat to Leicester and he is a doubt for the game on Monday. Jose Mourinho said that Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney could return to the squad after missing game on Saturday. Eric Bailly will be missing for a few games as he goes to the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
These sides faced each other five times in 2016 with a mixture of league and cup games. It’s worth noting that in every single game both teams scored so Monday’s game could be a cracker. Manchester United won the last meeting between these sides in the EFL cup when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scored a brace and they won 4-1.
The team from Manchester are favourites for this game and are best priced 8/11 at Paddy Power. The draw is 31/10 with Bet Victor and a Hammers win is 5/1 at Bet365. My anytime goal scorer selection Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the first goal scorer market and is 7/2 to open the scoring with most firms but Andy Carroll could be worth a shout and he is 10/1 to score first at Bet365.
Manchester United to win and both teams to score – 5/2 at Paddy Power.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime – 11/10 at William Hill.
A goal to be scored after the 76th minute – 10/11 at William Hill.