Onside View’s resident football tipster, James Robinson, turns to the (blandly-named) London Stadium for Saturday evening’s kick-off between a resurgent West Ham and a deceptively in-form Manchester United.
You have to go all the way back to January 2nd, 2017 to find the last time Manchester United beat West Ham at home. It ended 2-0, but the Hammers played 75 minutes with 10-men, due to a controversial sending off by Mike Dean. There should be no such worries for the London Stadium faithful fans this time around, though, as referee, Andre Marriner, typically spares the red card for West Ham’s opponents (3).
West Ham are now unbeaten at home since their opening day defeat to Newcastle, and have scored 8 in their last 4 at the London Stadium. United, though, boast a 100% away record, scoring a massive 13 in 4. This game is certain to contain goals, but maybe not as many as the stats suggest. To boost your ACCA, BTTS @4/6 with William Hill is surely a no-brainer?
Gone are the days when Julian Dicks would smash in a penalty in front of a raucous Upton Park to spoil my not very super Sunday. However, 2000 Hammers fans will be allowed back in for this one, and what a joy it will be to hear their faint echoey renditions of “I’m forever blowing bubbles”, whilst United try to paper over the Ole-shaped cracks. If that wasn’t enough spice, Moyes has got his own axe to grind against United. And with that in mind, backing HOME WIN & BTTS @5/1 with Bet Victor is the best outside punt of the weekend.
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford may miss the game due to injury. This, though, could actually make United stronger. Ridiculously overrated, he surely wouldn’t have made bench for any of their title-winning sides? Not even to displace an ageing Brian McClair!
With the exception of Antonio, Moyes has no fresh injury concerns and has the luxury of choice for this. Whoever he chooses, they’ll be well drilled in what’s expected of them. Moyes deserves massive credit for the way he’s constructed his squad of battlers. West Ham are a proper team once again. So, with the stats suggesting goals, coupled with the obvious adrenaline boost the return of fans will no doubt bring, BTTS (1st half) @ 3/1 with 32Red has me salivating all the way to the bank.
Thank me later.