Premier League: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United will be trying to extend their Premier League unbeaten streak but they will face a tough task against high-flying West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday evening. Last season the two teams shared the spoils in the direct meetings, Man United won 2-0 at Old Trafford while West Brom clinched a 1-0 home win. West Brom have had the upper hand in the last six direct meetings, they won three of them while Manchester United only managed to grab two victories.

West Brom can be pleased with how their season is going so far, they are in seventh place, just one below Manchester United, and they might have a chance of pushing for a European spot. They have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches, winning four of them. That only loss was against leaders Chelsea, it ended 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, but the Baggies recovered with a 3-1 victory over Swansea this week. Jonny Evans missed the Swansea match and is a doubt for Saturday, while Boaz Myhill and Saido Berahino will definitely miss out.

A scrappy 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace this week extended Manchester United's Premier League unbeaten streak to seven games, a run that started after a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea in October. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal in the 88th minute at Selhurst Park and he is definitely carrying much of the team's weight on his shoulders. Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly will miss out through injury, while Luke Shaw is still a fitness doubt ahead of this match.

Probable line-ups:

West Brom: Foster - Nyom, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt - Fletcher, Yacob - Chadli, Morrison, Phillips - Rondon

Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Rojo, Jones, Darmian - Herrera, Carrick - Mata, Pogba, Martial - Ibrahimovic

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

West Brom win - 5.50
Draw - 3.60
Man United win - 1.65

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    16/12/16

    Improvement in Manchester United's game is obvious lately and they won their last two, but nothing comes easy to them.
    This would be another tough one and WBA who are quite good lately, United might be in a 7 games unbeaten streak but they should win most of those they drew lately.
    Mkhitaryan is the big miss for United because I think he was best United player before the injury.

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