England Premier League
(10 May 2018)
West Ham United – Manchester United
Match Preview: Penultimate Premier League game for both clubs
On the face of it, this Premier League match has little riding on it, with both teams achieving their bare minimum targets with two matches left to play. Manchester United are second in the league and, though they need a point to confirm that they will finish there, their superior goal difference to Tottenham Hotspur as well as Spurs’ recent form means that they are extremely unlikely to be caught.
Crucially, the Red Devils cannot finish lower than third, which means Jose Mourinho will record the club’s best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired five years ago. Their defeat at Brighton last week, though – their third against the newly-promoted sides – means that the Portuguese has major decisions to make in the summer, and for the FA Cup Final against Chelsea before that.
Before their Brighton loss, United had won their last three away games, but they are generally more confident at Old Trafford having conceded twice when visiting Crystal Palace and Manchester City, though they did come away with victories both times. Maximum points from their game in London, followed by their fixture against Watford on Sunday, would put them on 83 points, more than Leicester City got in their title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
West Ham United, meanwhile, confirmed that they will still be a Premier League side with a win at Leicester City last weekend, but all is not well with the club. David Moyes – who would now be finishing his penultimate season at Manchester United had he not been sacked one year into a six-year contract – divides opinion with fans, many of whom find his football unadventurous.
Key to remaining in the job will probably lie in building on their current position of 15th. The Hammers are on 38 points and with their match in hand can realistically finish as high as 13th. Regardless, failure to record a top-half finish despite a major summer outlay on the playing staff is not acceptable.
West Ham has the joint-worst defensive record in the league, along with relegated Stoke City, so their odds at Tipbet are very long for a win. The home team are 4.55 to get three points on Thursday night at the London Stadium, with Manchester United at 1.80. Tipbet has 100 markets to bet on, and these can all be found here.