December 16, 2016

West Brom v Man Utd Asian Handicap Preview – Saturday 17th December by @SC457

West Brom v Man Utd – The Hawrhorns at 17:30 live on BT Sport 1

Manchester United landed me a winner on Wednesday, covering the Asian Handicap line in the Half Time market and went on to defeat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park. They face a tougher test this Saturday as they make the trip to the Hawthorns to face an in form West Brom side.

West Brom

The Baggies have taken 13 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 games. They dropped a couple of points in their away draw to Hull and were narrowly beaten by league leaders Chelsea last weekend.

They bounced back from that defeat with a midweek 3-1 win over Swansea and remain 7th in the league, just one place behind Utd.

A lot of credit has to go to Tony Pulis. He has turned West Brom from a dour, low scoring relegation battling side, into an exciting, progressive, high scoring team.

WBA have scored 13 goals in their last 6 matches, conceding 5 times. They have won their last 3 league matches on home soil, scoring 10 times in the process.

West Brom also hold a decent record over their visitors in recent years, winning 3 times, losing just twice over the last three seasons.

They represent great value this Saturday to avoid defeat and on current form, they have been underestimated in my opinion, priced up a big looking 5.75 to win.

Man Utd

After a disappointing run of draws, 4 in 5 league games, all of which they should have won, United have now picked up 6 points from their last 2 games.

A solid performance in their 1-0 home win over Spurs was followed up on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Palace, but it took a last minute strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to seal the win.

It was an important win for the Red Devils in order to not slip back further behind their rivals, with 4 of the top 5 all winning in the week.

They are 3 points behind Tottenham in 5th and 6 adrift of rivals City who occupy 4th. Another win this weekend is needed, but I think they could struggle.

Goals are still a little hard to come by but chances are being created. United’s two goals against the Eagles was the first time they have scored more than once in their last 5 matches.

Defensively they are a little frail, conceding in 5 of their last 6 Premier League games. Mourinho is also suffering with injuries at the back, with Bailly having to be replaced on his return against Palace as well as Smalling and Shaw who are also out. Not what you want when facing an in form attack.

United are priced up at a short looking 1.74 which I would advise to stay well clear of.

Asian Handicap

On current form and results over the last 3 season’s I can’t understand why United are as short as they are coming into this match. Yes they have won 2 on the spin, but they were just 2 minutes from drawing their 5 league game in 7 on Wednesday against a poorer side than they face tomorrow/

West Brom are in form and were very narrowly beaten by the best team in the league away from home last weekend.

The Baggies are great value here to avoid defeat and can be backed on the Asian Handicap market +0.5 at 2.28. I;m playing it a little more cautious however and recommending the hosts with a +0.75 advantage, still at odds against.

Asian Handicap Recommendation: West Brom +0.75 at 2.01

Prices correct at time of writing.

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