England Premier League
Saturday 21st November 2020
Kick off at 8pm GMT
Venue: Old Trafford
Manchester United will be the odds on favourites to win this game and they will be expected to ease to victory but after the clubs uneven start nobody can be quite sure what to expect when these two clubs clash on Saturday evening at Old Trafford.
The good news for United is that they won their last game, a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park and despite their problems they have only lost 1 game in their past four. But seeing the club languishing in 14th place is not a sight for sore eyes for fans and even a win may not push the club into the top 10. But victory is needed to just boost confidence and get some consistency back into a side who finished last season with so much promise and hope.
The harsh fact remains for United that they have failed to win at home so far. Having no fans present has been a negative but at the same time had fans been allowed to watch and United had put in the same displays then maybe it’s also an advantage that fans have to stay at home. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have one of the worst home records in the league and would be 19th based on home form alone. They have lost 3 and drawn 1, and scored just twice and conceded 10. True United have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013 but these home results feel like an all time new low for the club.
West Bromwich Albion are a genuine contender for relegation even as early as November. The Baggies are in 18th place with 3 points and are yet to win this season. Along with Leeds they have conceded the most goals, 17 so far which is never a good sign. Slaven Bilic’s team last game ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat against Tottenham.
Away from home West Brom have the 2nd to worst record winning just 1 point from 12 and their last away match ended in a 2-0 defeat at then bottom club Fulham. West Brom have actually played some decent football, but their naivety at the back is costing them and one has to wonder if Bilic will start maintaining a team that plays five at the back and become too scared to lose and approach games especially away from home aiming for the draw?
Manchester United: Mason Greenwood should be available after missing the Everton game after illness. Victor Lindelof will be assessed after missing the international games because of a back problem. Eric Bailly has been pencilled in to return from an unspecified injury although no update has been given. Luke Shaw is ruled out with his hamstring and is not due back for another three weeks. Harry Maguire has a foot injury but will be assessed and Marcus Rashford remains a doubt with a shoulder injury and will face a late test.
West Bromwich Albion: Sam Field is close to returning from his knee injury but has been ruled out of this match. Hal Robson-Kanu has recovered from his arm injury but will not feature in this encounter.
Man Utd vs West Brom Head to Head:
The teams haven’t played each other since 2018 and the last fixture at Old Trafford ended in a 1-0 victory for West Bromwich Albion.
In the last 5 meetings at Old Trafford v West Brom, Manchester United have won just once.
Six of the last 7 meetings have ended in under 2.5 goals.
Man Utd vs West Brom Prediction:
Manchester United will be the big favourites and are indeed priced up at 1.30 to win. This provides very little value, therefore we will back them to be winning at half time and full time as we expect them to get off to a quick start.
West Brom have been poor this season with some of their results, but they are not getting outplayed and slaughtered in results. However there is a big difference in quality here and we expect them to be outgunned and outclassed by Manchester Utd, and if they score early, we could well see over 2.5 goals.
Man Utd vs West Brom Betting Tips:
Half time/full time (Man Utd/Man Utd) at 1.90
Total goals (Over 2.5) at 1.61
Anytime goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes at 2.20