West Ham United-Manchester United Betting Preview: Goals hard to come by in a tight encounter

David Moyes’ men have kept three consecutive clean sheets on the road in the Premier League and Al Hain-Cole is backing against a low-scoring affair

After their morale-boosting 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos on Wednesday, Manchester United will be hoping to pour new life into their flagging domestic campaign when they travel to Upton Park to take on West Ham on Saturday.

Having lost 3-0 against bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend, David Moyes’ men are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with Paddy Power to get straight back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Hammers have lost away to Everton and Stoke in their last two games but are available at 10/3 (4.33) to come out on top in front of their own fans.

Each of the last two meetings between the teams on this ground have resulted in 2-2 draws and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them cancelling each other out for the third time in a row here.

While it would be premature to describe Wednesday’s win over a poor Olympiakos team as a turning point, Moyes will have been delighted both with his team’s efficiency in front of goal and resolute defending at the back.

The Red Devils will certainly have to be ruthless when they visit a team that has kept 13 clean sheets so far this campaign, more than anyone but Arsenal and Chelsea.

However, having kept three consecutive Premier League sheets on the road, the champions should be equally confident of shutting out a team that have failed to score 11 times in 29 league games, meaning the game is likely to hinge on the odd goal.

Considering Manchester United have not seen goals scored at both ends in any of their last six fixtures, odds of 11/10 (2.10) on no more than team finding the net look extremely appealing.

That bet would have paid out in nine of West Ham’s last 12 games, so should be safe when they set out to frustrate their guests on Saturday.


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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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