West Ham United is gearing up for an exciting clash with Manchester United at the iconic London Stadium in Round 18 of the Premier League.
After their exhilarating 3-0 victory against Wolves in the Premier League, West Ham United is on a roll and is eager to continue their winning streak. Currently standing at the 8th position, they have clinched 8 wins out of 13 matches, scoring a modest eight goals in their last five games.
On the other hand, Manchester United, holding the 7th position in the points table, is just one point ahead of West Ham United due to a narrow point difference. Their latest Premier League encounter ended in a draw against Liverpool. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic Premier League odds with them.
Manchester United consistently displays an impressive average of 4.62 shots on target per match, significantly boosting their likelihood of scoring the opening goal.
The betting tip is...
Manchester United to score first
West Ham United has emerged victorious in three out of their last five home league matches, and they are ready to capitalize on their home advantage once more
Regrettably, Michail Antonio will be sidelined due to injuries, but on a positive note, the recent inclusion in the squad, J Bowen, has been outstanding. He's proven to be a formidable presence, amassing an impressive tally of 14 offensive contributions, combining both goals and assists.
Pablo Fornals is expected to start for West Ham United.
Predicted Lineup: Fabianski, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson, Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Edson Alvarez/Pablo Fornals, Jamie Ward-Prowse, Souek, Lucas Paquet, Kudus, Bowen.
Lisandro Martinez, Malacia, Anthony Martial, and Casemiro are currently sidelined due to injuries, creating a gap in the team's lineup.
Furthermore, there's uncertainty surrounding the participation of crucial players like Victor Nilsson Lindelöf and Mason Mount. On a positive note, Christian Eriksen has returned to training.
With the absence of key defensive players, the team's dependence on the attacking skills of Fernandes and McTominay becomes more prominent.
McTominay has made a significant impact offensively, contributing to a total of 7 goals and assists, while Fernandes has showcased his expertise with 10 goals and assists. Importantly, both players exhibit exceptional shooting accuracy.
Christian Eriksen is back in training and might start the game against West Ham.
Predicted Lineup: Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Evans, Varane, Scott McTominay, Bruno, Antony, Eriksen, Garnacho, Hojlund.
Manchester United's recent dominance in the last five matchups against West Ham, securing three wins, highlights their formidable strength.
United proves to be a powerful force when performing at their peak. Displaying an impressive average possession rate of 52.43%, they demonstrate their ability to control the game's tempo, presenting a significant challenge for West Ham. Goalkeeper Onana has been exceptional, making an impressive 80 saves, reinforcing United's defensive capabilities.
While West Ham United, led by the formidable J. Bowen, can be a strong force on their best days, boasting a potent attacking lineup capable of overpowering any opponent with an average possession of 46.9%, the undeniable truth remains that Manchester United fields a superior squad.
Their team is filled with remarkable talent and tactical prowess, making them clear favorites to secure victory in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.