Absence Of Lukaku Ensures Goals Will Be Hard To Come By During West Ham v Man Utd

West Ham United can look forward to another season in the Premier League after their mathemetical survival was confirmed by Swansea's 1-0 loss to Southampton earlire this week and the Hammers can look forward to their live game on Sky Sports on Thursday evening as they take on Manchester United...
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The Hammers' 2-0 win over a Leicester side that is already on the beach last weekend was only their second victory in nine outings and they make little appeal at 18/5 in the match betting this week, particularly when you consider their record in this West Ham v Man Utd fixture.

The London outfit have won just one of 17 clashes with the Red Devils in all competitions since November 2010 (drawn six, lost 10), although they will have few better chances to improve that return as they gear up for what is effectively a meanginless end of season encounter.

United appeared to be looking forward to their summer holidays a touch early when they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at lowly Brighton last Friday and that was their fifth defeat on the road this season following losses at Huddersfield, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle,

The visitors are 5/6 for victory on Thursday (Bet 365) but that price is way too short as Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his team with next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea looming.
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Mourinho has already revealed that Romelu Lukaku will miss Thursday's game but he might still be fit for the cup final at Wembley. It is a great pity that Lukaku misses the initial trip to London as he would have been a wonderful bet to score as he has notched 11 in his last 11 appearances against West Ham, including a brace in United's 4-0 win at Old Trafford in August.

Anthony Martial has scored six in six against the Hammers and is 5/1 to score first (Paddy Power), although he has been deemed surplus to requirements by the club if recent media reports are to be believed.

Alexis Sanchez is likely to return to the team on Thursday and he's 11/2 to score first (Paddy Power) after scoring four in his last four against West Ham, although it is under 2.5 goals which is perhaps the stand out bet for this end of season game - it's 21/20 with Betfair.

West Ham have only managed 21 goals in 17 home games this season and eight of those goals have been scored by Marko Arnautovic (five) and Javier Hernandez (three) - both are expected to miss this fixture through injury - so it is difficult to see the hosts breaching a United team that is built on a 'defence first' mentality.

Posted: Wednesday, 9th May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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