West Ham v Man Utd – Upton Park at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1
An emotional night is expected at Upton Park tomorrow as West Ham host Manchester United in their last ever match at the Boleyn Ground. It promises to be an entertaining encounter, full of intensity on the pitch and in the stands, with both teams still fighting for places in Europe.
The Hammers come into the match on the back of an awful performance and result at the weekend, losing 4-1 to Swansea. The loss has left them 4 points adrift of tonight’s opponents, whereas a win, which was expected, would have kept them just a point behind Utd and tailing City by 3 with a game in hand. That defeat has all but ended their chances of a top four finish, but they can still lock down a place in the Europa League next season and a win would put them above Southampton into 6th with just one to play.
They looked tired against Swansea but I expect the Irons will pick it up this evening as they will look to leave the Boleyn on a high. They come into the match as underdogs at 3.26, having won just 2 of their last 7 league games.
Prior to their loss to the Swans, West Ham had won back to back league matches against WBA and Watford but hadn’t won in 5 in all competitions before hand. The Hammers have just gone off the boil at the wrong time, just as Man Utd have hit a purple patch, however, a 7th or 8th place finish would be about right in my opinion.
The Red Devils have won 5 of their last 7 league games, as they have kept the pressure on rivals City, who have dropped points in 3 of their last 4 league matches. United’s form, along with the Citizen’s slip ups, has left a top 4 finish in the hands of Louis Van Gaals team. Two wins from their last 2 matches will seal a place at European footballs top table again next year and how sweet it would be for their fans to do it at the expense of Man City.
They did what was expected at the weekend, defeating Norwich 1-0, landing our two bets of Utd -0.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market and Under 2.5 goals, for a tidy profit.
Defensively they are very strong, with 18 clean sheets this season, but they are still lacking in attack, registering just 2 shots on target against the Canaries. A win is a win though, however, even a place in the Champions League next season and a domestic trophy could still not save LVG’s job, or the critics continuing with their negativity.
United’s away form hasn’t been good enough this season, winning just 7 of their 18 matches on the road so far, although it is improving. It’s a must win game, but I expect LVG to adopt his usual style and look for a 1-0. I think there will be more goals though.
All of West Ham’s last 8 matches have seen 3 goals or more and they have scored at least twice in 7 of those. In fact, the last time prior to the Swansea match the Hammers failed to score twice was against United in the FA Cup. Over 2.5 goals is priced at a generous 2.06 and is worth a bet.
This is a difficult match to call with so much at take and the emotions of the last match at the Boleyn. I’m expecting the Hammers to come out of the blocks quickly and they are good value to take a lead into half time in a match there should be some goals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: West Ham +/- 0 First Half at 2.26 & Over 2.5 goals at 2.06
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