While Manchester United’s results continue to improve, most of the talk around the club continues to be about Cristiano Ronaldo. The man from Portugal came back into the squad and started against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday and got himself a goal but it is still entirely unknown whether he will start in this match. Marcus Rashford who has often started up front also grabbed himself a goal on Thursday and Ten Hag will have a choice to make. Also causing controversy in midweek was Antony, his showboating while Manchester United were still drawing caused a stir with plenty of people criticising him, it will be interesting to see how he reacts in this match.
West Ham are quietly moving up the table after a poor start to the season. West Ham have now only lost 2 of their last 11 games, both on Merseyside against Everton and Liverpool. This will be another tough away game for them here, they have only won once in their last 26 visits to Old Trafford, but David Moyes will want to remind Manchester United of who they sacked all those years ago now. One problem for Moyes still seems to be whether Scamacca is his best striker or whether Antonio still fits the system better, finding the answer to this question could be vital for West Ham going forwards.
Manchester United v West Ham United Bet Builder Tips
Under 2.5 Goals
West Ham are a very solid team defensively and that is what has seen them move up to 10th in the league. Only 4 teams have conceded less goals than them this season, this is despite an injury to Craig Dawson who was so influential for them last season. West Ham did have a poor start though and a lack of goals has been a constant issue for them this year.
Only Wolves, Forest and Bournemouth have scored less goals than West Ham so far this season. They have 3 players on 2 goals this season as their top scorers after 12 matches, this is nowhere near the levels they would have been hoping for. As a result of being so tight at the back but struggling for goals, 10 of their 12 matches in the league have had under 2.5 goals.
Erik Ten Hag seems to have tightened up Manchester United’s defence which has given them the platform for their good recent results. In their last 5 matches just 1 match has had over 2.5 goals, their win at home against Sheriff Tiraspol in midweek. In West Ham’s last match against a big team, they lost 1-0 to Liverpool in one of their low scoring matches where Liverpool struggled to break West Ham down.
I see West Ham setting up in a similar way in this match, making themselves hard to beat rather than pushing forwards and therefore I am backing under 2.5 goals in this match.
Marcus Rashford to have 1+ Shots on Target
Marcus Rashford has been in great from for Manchester United recently. He has 6 goals and 3 assists in all competitions so far this season and has cemented his place as a starter for Manchester United. Rashford has played either as a striker or on the left wing this season, mainly dependent on whether Ronaldo is on the pitch or not.
Rashford is averaging 3.5 shots per match in all competitions this season and is averaging 1.42 shots on target per 90. He has had a shot on target in 5 of his last 7 matches, often having more than one in a match. West Ham have allowed 10.08 shots per match from their opposition but have not conceded many shots on target.
Against West Ham, 92% of Liverpool’s xG came through the left or centre of the pitch and for Rashford this is perfect as these are the 2 areas of the pitch he occupies. Rashford is on good form and will exploit areas where West Ham aren’t as strong so he should be able to have a shot on target in this match.
Under 11.5 Corners
Manchester United have had just 43 corners in their first 11 matches, the 3rd least of any team in the league and only 5 teams give away less corners. Manchester United matches average just 8.64 corners per match and have only had over 11.5 corners once this season, when they beat Liverpool in their 3rd match of the season.
West Ham also have very low corner numbers, their matches average 9.75 corners per match and have only had over 11.5 corners in one of their last 5 matches. Usually when West Ham do have high corner numbers it is in matches that they dominate, and these can see them get over 12 corners just themselves. However, this match will be a lot tighter, with Manchester United expected to be on top out of the two teams. Therefore, I am expecting a lower corner count in this match, so I am backing under 11.5 corners.
Manchester United to Receive the Most Cards
Manchester United are the most carded team in the Premier League this season and face up against West Ham, the 2nd least carded team in the league this season. Manchester United have had 32 yellow cards this season whereas West Ham in one extra match have had just 12 yellow cards. As well as this, only Tottenham have drawn more yellow cards than West Ham who have drawn 27 whereas Manchester United have drawn just 10 yellow cards, the least of any team in the league.
The referee for this match is Chris Kavanagh, he averaged 3.78 yellow cards per match in the Premier League last season so won’t be afraid to pull out cards when Manchester United do commit yellow card offences.
In West Ham’s last 9 matches, not a single team has won less cards than them in a match and in Manchester United’s Premier League matches this season, only once has a team been carded more than them in a match. Manchester United receive lots of yellow cards and draw few whereas West Ham receive few yellow cards but draw lots so therefore I am backing Manchester United to receive the most cards in this match.
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📅 When is Man United v West Ham? / Sunday, 30 October 2022, 16:15
🏟 Where is Man United v West Ham? / Old Trafford (Salford)
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