Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford in their Premier League opener following a mixed 2016-17 season. United could only finish sixth in the Premier League standings. However, they were able to qualify for the Champions League through their successful Europa League triumph. West Ham United had a below par campaign, and they finished 12th in the table with 45 points – their worst tally since the 2013-14 season.
Betting Tips for the game
Mourinho’s side had an excellent pre-season tour as they managed six wins in seven. United were particularly goal shy last season but the club looked more assured in pre-season with 15 goals in just 7 games. United also held a good defensive shape during their practice games with three clean sheets.
Meanwhile, West Ham United had an indifferent pre-season with just one win in six outings. The Hammers managed to keep just one clean sheet and conceded two or more goals in four of those games.
The previous meeting between the two ended in a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils. The recent meeting at Old Trafford witnessed United securing a 4-1 win with a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial. Our betting tips and predictions expect United to take all three points.
West Ham are at 12/1 for a win, but we do not expect such a return from this game. The hammers have a poor record against the Red Devils after only managing a solitary win in the last 10 games. Their recent performances against the top teams have been very poor. Manchester United are significantly stronger than last season after spending a huge amount of money on players like Romelu Lukaku. The team has also managed three wins in the last five meetings with West Ham. Our preview is confident of a win for Manchester United, and it can be backed at 2/7 with Bet365.
Correct Score odds
Manchester United have strengthened significantly with the additions of Lukaku and have been scoring well in pre-season. The team has netted 11 goals in the last five games against West Ham. The hammers have only scored six goals in the last five matches against Manchester United. Last season, United only conceded 12 goals in 19 home games. Our correct score prediction is to go with Manchester United 2-0 win at 11/2 with William Hill.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Even though there have been some high-scoring games between the two clubs in recent times, they have largely been in cup competitions. Four of the last five league matches between United and West Ham has witnessed under 2.5 goals. Our total goals prediction is to go with under 2.5 goals at 6/5 with Coral.
First Goalscorer odds
Romelu Lukaku has scored more goals (9) against West Ham than any other Premier league outfit. He has failed to score only once in the last nine appearances against West Ham. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Lukaku at 10/3 with BetVictor.