Manchester United v West Ham - Wednesday 20:00, Sky Sports 1
West Ham escaped with a point in a fairly one-sided Premier League contest on Sunday and now they must do without the man who gave them a surprise lead at Old Trafford. So don’t be too shocked if the outcome here is a little more routine, minus the intervention of Diafra Sakho - take the 7/1 available on the Man United 2-0 correct score.
The Senegalese international became the first Hammers frontman to find the net this season but suffered a hamstring problem midway through the second half, which leaves Slaven Bilic short of a lively option in the opposition penalty box. Andy Carroll is close to a return but is expected to be held back until Saturday’s clash with Arsenal.
So the visitors are likely to set up defensively with a view to capitalising on any nerves that might materialise later on, whereas for Jose Mourinho the priority might also be a clean sheet in the wake of recent setbacks on home soil when the Red Devils have had their pockets picked for failing to turn their dominance into goals.
One goal was enough to edge United past a weakened Manchester City side in the last round and this could follow a similar pattern of early uncertainty avoidance giving way to a decisive flourish early in the second period. However, the 7/2 chalked up on the Draw/Man Utd half time/full isn’t quite big enough to get the pulse racing, so let’s stick with the routine scoreline.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus