West Ham United v Manchester United Betting Preview
If you had asked Manuel Pellegrini and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a couple of weeks ago for an area where they wanted their respective teams to improve, they’d have both put the defence towards the top of the list.
In that regard, both managers will be happy with recent performances.
West Ham went into the international break on the back of a commanding 2-0 win over Norwich and followed that up with another clean sheet on Monday night away to Aston Villa.
Manchester United also made it two clean sheets in a row when they edged past Astana in the Europa League. United’s performances against Leicester and Astana weren’t exactly breathtaking from an attacking perspective, but they dug in to get the job done and will need to show more of that grit at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Are West Ham the Value Bet?
Man Utd go into the first Super Sunday match as the favourites with the bookmakers. The away side are available at a best price of 5/4 with Betfred which is going to prove tempting for many punters but is it really good value when West Ham can be backed at 23/10 with Unibet?
The Irons’ start to the season has been overblown in some quarters. They’ve played some good football at times but could just have easily lost at Villa Park as won the match and have much scope for improvement.
You can say the same about Man Utd though. Solskjaer is in charge of a team who are very much a work in progress, and he has to cope without some important players on Sunday due to injury.
The loss of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw will hurt the away side. As for the home side, they have their tails up and will be well-supported on Sunday as the West Ham fans always create a good atmosphere for the visit of Man Utd (that was certainly the case when the Irons won this fixture 3-1 last season).
This is a match which could go either way so a bet on both teams to score looks wise at 6/10 with William Hill. When it comes to the match winner though, it’s West Ham’s price that is much more tempting.
Haller Looking the Part
West Ham’s search for a striker capable of scoring 20 league goals a season feels like it’s been going on for the past couple of decades. A ridiculous number of frontmen have tried and failed to be the main man in East London for various reasons but the early signs are they may just have hit the jackpot with Sebastian Haller.
The Frenchman has hit the ground running in English football which is very difficult to do. That speaks both to his abilities as a footballer and his intelligence as he adapts to a new culture and new way of playing.
Haller is exactly the sort of striker that Pellegrini wanted at West Ham. He’s big and powerful enough to play the target man role when required but technically sound enough to play a part in West Ham’s link-up play.
Most importantly, Haller also has a keen eye for goal. He can use that once again on Sunday to open the scoring at 7/1 with Sportingbet.
West Ham to win at 23/10 with Unibet
Both teams to score at 6/10 with William Hill
Sebastian Haller to score first at 7/1 with Sportingbet
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