Match Betting (1x2)

The bookmakers continue to err on the side of caution with their odds about Manchester United, although to many onlookers it appears that the Red Devils are nowhere near certain to finish in the Premier League top four this term.

The season started brightly with a 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea, although it was something of a false dawn considering that the next match at Old Trafford saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team beaten by Crystal Palace.

As for their away form, United have drawn 1-1 at both Wolves and Southampton and a point was about all they deserved from each encounter. It hasn’t stopped BetVictor from going odds-on and offering 20/21 about the visitors in this clash at the London Stadium.

We prefer the alternatives that are available on the Full Time Result market. West Ham have been going well since that 5-0 mauling at home to Manchester City and they have picked up recent wins over Watford and Norwich.

The ground is likely to be bouncing for this encounter and BetVictor offer a meaty 29/10 that the Hammers are celebrating a three-point haul against a side who will have played a Europa League clash against Astana just a few days beforehand.

It’s also viable that the two evenly-matched teams will cancel each other out and Unibet have 3/1 about this clash ending all square, with Manuel Pellegrini likely to be the marginally happier manager should this prove to be the outcome.

First Goalscorer

We might expect Anthony Martial to be back in the Manchester United squad for this clash and the Frenchman previously occupied the centre forward position for the Red Devils with great effect. Therefore, some will like the 6/1 with Coral that Martial scores the opening goal of this game although there’s another French forward currently making waves in the Premier League.

Sebastian Haller was something of an unknown outside of Germany last season although he did line up for Eintracht Frankfurt against Chelsea in the Europa League semi-finals and is now firing on all cylinders for a West Ham side who suddenly look full of goals.

Haller has bagged the opening goal for his team already this season and he’s a 13/2 chance with Paddy Power to score the first of this encounter, with the United defence currently struggling to keep clean sheets.

However, one of the bright performers for the visitors has been Daniel James who has notched goals against Southampton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace thus far. He’s also scored a peach of a goal for Wales in a recent friendly match.

James is a 10/1 shot to break the deadlock at the London Stadium, while Marcus Rashford is likely to remain on penalty duties and he’s 5/1 with Unibet to score the opening goal of this encounter.

Both Teams to Score

The bookmakers certainly feel as though goals could be on the cards when West Ham and Manchester United take to the pitch on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers have managed to bag six goals in three encounters since losing 5-0 at home to Manchester City, making it an average of two per game.

Therefore, Paddy Power have 4/7 about BTTS happening, with Manchester United going into every match with an attack-minded approach which saw them put four past Chelsea before also finding the net in their next three top flight matches.

However, we’re not completely certain that this will be a goalfest and it could be that United start looking at these fixtures as an opportunity to collect a point and start to build up some strong form at Old Trafford.

The “No” option on the Both Teams to Score market is an 8/5 poke with BetVictor and there could be some mileage in backing this option considering that United’s two away games to date have ended in a 1-1 scoreline.

Over / Under Goals

Manchester United adopt a more defensive approach on the road and they’ve come away from Molineux and St Mary’s with a 1-1 draw. Therefore, the Under 2.5 Goals price of 13/10 could be an attractive proposition at BetVictor, with another 1-1 scoreline meaning that this bet would cop.

Others might assume we’ll get a more open match although it could depend on whether Anthony Martial is passed fit for the visitors. There have also been missed penalties against Wolves and Palace from the Red Devils so that’s also something to keep an eye on.

The Over 2.5 Goals price is available at 13/20 with Paddy Power and there’s a clear argument for at least three goals being scored in the game. Whether that means West Ham managing to fill their boots or United getting the better of a high-scoring encounter remains to be seen.

Correct Score

We’re really sweet on the Hammers for this game and it could be worth considering a few of the different Correct Score options that are on the table.

West Ham enjoying a 2-1 win can be backed at 13/1 with Paddy Power and there’s little doubt that the home team will have the more accomplished manager in the dugout, with Manuel Pellegrini having experience in droves and looking to take advantage of a United team who are not producing solid performances.

You can take this argument a step further and back the 3-1 victory in favour of the Hammers, with this option trading at 28/1 with Ladbrokes and it’s therefore worth having a speculative punt for small stakes and a potentially big return.


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