West Ham United v Manchester United
A rare Sunday night kick off in the Premier League sees Manchester United travel to the Capital to face West Ham at the London Stadium. These two historic clubs have met 151 times before, with the Manchester side getting the upper hand, winning 73 and victorious in seven of the last eight head-to-heads.
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Could one more win be enough to keep the Hammers up?
West Ham last played in midweek where they had plenty of first-team regulars missing. Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd all missed out with illness and Kurt Zouma and Gianluca Scamacca were ruled out with ankle and knee injuries respectively. They did well to go into the half-time break at 0-0 but ended up losing 3-0 as they lost three consecutive league games for the first time in 2023. Moyes has a tough challenge ahead here, having won just five of his 36 games against United, and picking up just one point in their last three home league games, albeit against Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool.
All of that means that West Ham are still on 34 points, four points above Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Leicester below them. Whilst 34 may be enough, Moyes will be desperate for just one more win that would ensure their safety for another year. That would allow the Hammers to focus on the UEFA Conference League, where they are now the bookmakers’ favourites, and have a semi-final tie with AZ Alkmaar to come in the next couple of weeks.
West Ham United Team News
The trio that were ill for the game in midweek were all training again on Friday and should start here, but Vladimir Coufal, who went off injured in that game, will miss out with a hamstring injury. Gianluca Scamacca and Kurt Zouma remain unavailable. There could be five or six changes from the side that lost in midweek and David Moyes will see this as a much more winnable game than the trip to the Etihad with his depleted squad.
United struggling on the road
Manchester United had been on a good run of form in the league, but failed to back up a good win against Aston Villa on Thursday night at Brighton. A 99th minute Alexis MacAllister penalty condemned United to a 1-0 loss and interestingly, that MacAllister goal was the latest they have ever conceded in the Premier League. They are now winless (in 90 minutes) in their last four away matches in all competitions and just 24 of their 63 Premier League points have come away from Old Trafford this season.
The visitors are still in an excellent position to secure Champions League football once again next season but will need to carry on winning. They are in fourth on 63 points, having played a game fewer than Liverpool on 59 points in 5th but a game more than Brighton in 6th with 55 points. They are also still in the FA Cup with the blue side of Manchester awaiting them in the final and if they could secure both domestic cups (having already won the Carabao Cup), as well as Champions League qualification, then it would be a very successful first season at the club for Erik Ten Hag.
Manchester United Team News
Alejandro Garnacho is back in training and should be in the squad but is unlikely to force his way into the starting 11. However, they still have five injuries with both first-choice centre backs – Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane – unavailable here and Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Tom Heaton all out. There will likely be changes from the side that lost in midweek, particularly going forward.
Jadon Sancho and Christian Eriksen could take Anthony Martial and Fred’s positions in that side, and if Ten Hag wants Marcel Sabitzer to play, then Bruno Fernandes may play on the right. Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof will continue as the duo at the heart of the Manchester United defence.
West Ham United v Manchester United Cheat Sheet
With first-choice right-back Vladimir Coufal out injured, Marcus Rashford may find some joy on the left flank. He averages around 1.5 shots on target per game, and over 3 shots per game overall. Also on penalties and free-kicks, Rashford seems likely to get a fair bit of joy here.
Luke Shaw to commit fouls or receive a card looks good too, with the left-back turned centre-back up against Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio, both of whom draw more fouls than any other West Ham player, Antonio at 2.25 per 90, and Bowen just under 2 per 90.
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Antony has not hit the heights that Manchester United fans had hoped when he signed for a big price from Ajax in the summer and has managed four Premier League goals. He is averaging 3.42 shots per 90 minutes and 1.36 of these are on target. He has started 21 games in the league in 2023, having at least one shot in all of them and at least two in 18. The Brazilian has had 25 shots on target in those 21 starts, with this selection landing in 16 of them.
Antony’s has played 559 minutes in his last eight appearances, having 23 shots and nine on target. This selection has landed in seven of the eight. These two sides met in the FA Cup in March and he had three shots with one on target in his 57 minutes.
Antony has committed 14 fouls in the Premier League this season, getting five yellow cards. In his last seven appearances, he has committed at least one foul on six occasions and at least two in three of those matches. He has also received three yellow cards in that time.
The Brazilian has made two or more fouls seven times this season. All of those occasions were away from Old Trafford, with five being away from home and two being at neutral venues (Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals and in the World Cup quarter-finals). Five of his eight yellow cards also came away from home. When these two sides met at the beginning of March, Antony made one foul in 57 minutes.
Lucas Paqueta has made the joint-most fouls of any West Ham player this season with 47, along with Tomas Soucek. However, he has played 676 minutes less than the Czech midfielder and averages 2.23 fouls per 90 in the league, also picking up four yellow cards. In his last four games, he has made 11 fouls with this selection landing in all of them.
The Brazilian has started 12 games at the London Stadium this season. He has made at least one foul in 10 of them and at least two in seven of the 12. He has made at least one foul in each of his last 12 starts. The midfielder was booked for his only foul in the FA Cup tie at the beginning of March.
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