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Manchester United Will Thrash West Ham

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture between Manchester United and West Ham United from a betting perspective


Written by Premiership Tips.

Last weekend saw Manchester United drop points as early as game 2 in this season’s Premier League. A fortunate own goal from Brede Hangeland followed up by a soft penalty decision weren’t enough for Manchester United to take 3 points away from their trip to Fulham. Nani’s penalty was saved by David Stockdale and shortly after Brede Hangeland equalised for Fulham. Missed opportunities and now playing catch up with Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson will have no doubt got under the players’ skins following that performance. Don’t expect the Manchester United players to put in a successive disappointing performance in the Premier League. The return of Wayne Rooney is the biggest positive Manchester United can get this weekend, with neither Dimitar Berbatov or Javier Hernandez performing at the Cottage.

Critics are ready to attack Wayne Rooney this season following his disappointing World Cup. Having missed last weekend’s trip he remains without a goal this season, but has the perfect opportunity to do so against one of the league’s poorest performing defences so far. Robert Green inspires no confidence in the defender’s playing in front of him, with his dreadful handling of the ball in the opening two matches. And in front of him are the likes of Matthew Upson who is bereft of confidence currently. Winston Reid is still settling in and Julien Faubert is a liability. All-in-all, Manchester United should have much success on Saturday as both Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers have this season; both sides scoring past the Hammers on three occasions.

West Ham’s strongest point of the team comes in midfield. But they have a tough job at hand keeping the talent in the United midfield at bay. Paul Scholes has made a great start to his season and the ever green Ryan Giggs can cause problems down the left wing should he start on Saturday. Creating goalscoring opportunities for the strikers will be their main objective in this game, and every player in this United midfield is more than capable of doing so against this defence. West Ham’s own strike force has been lacklustre in their opening two games, with Carlton Cole returning to the form he showed before Gianfranco Zola’s spell at the club.

This is a game Manchester United need 3 points from, even if it is only the third game of the season. It is one I fully expect them to take three points from, given West Ham’s poor performances defensively and in attack from their opening two games. Manchester United should be capable of creating endless chances in this match. It’s just a case of how many they take. The money line odds on United are too short to think about, but with the asian handicap they are worth taking. Here are two bets to consider for this game:

Wayne Rooney to Score Anytime 1/2
Wayne Rooney to Score First and Manchester United Win 5/2

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