Manchester United – West Brom Betting Preview: Hosts to dispatch the Baggies with ease

Manchester United survived a Boxing Day scare against Newcastle United to triumph 4-3, despite going behind three times against Alan Pardew’s side at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are hard to argue with for victory again on home soil against West Brom, although the price of 3/10 (1.30) for victory with William Hill isn’t the most enticing.

That price could be somewhat justified when considering United are unbeaten in seven league games, from which they have won six.

Visitors West Brom ended a run of four matches without a win by recording back-to-back victories during the festive period, but hold long odds of 9/1 (10.0) to win here.

This fixture ended in a draw in the 2010-11 season, and odds for another stalemate here are available at 4/1 (5.0).

While it is hard to imagine this match not ending in a home win, it is conceivable that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side may have to come from behind like they have done on so many occasions this season.

The Baggies have a potent strike force in Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie and could take the lead before falling to defeat, which can be backed at 6/1 (7.0).

Newcastle were leading at half-time before losing at the final whistle against United, and a repeat performance for West Brom is worth a punt at 22/1 (23.0).

While that game was remarkable in more ways than one, Fergie will be keen to revert to a comfortable home win and it is at 13/10 (2.3) that the hosts win to nil, that holds considerable appeal despite the Baggies improved recent record.

Both teams have scored in three of the last four fixtures between these two teams, and that statistic becoming four out of five can be backed at 8/11 (1.73).

Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez were paired up front together last time out for United – to good effect with a goal each – and the former is 5/2 (3.5) to break the deadlock with the Mexican longer priced at 4/1 (5.0) against West Brom.

Hernandez looked lively throughout, playing as the pinnacle of United’s forward line, with Van Persie often dropping deeper to help carve out a number of chances for his poacher strike partner.

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