Man Utd drew half of their matches at home to bottom-half teams last season
Man Utd v West Ham - Sunday 16.00, Sky Sports Premier League
Both these sides have strengthened over the summer and will be aiming for greater things after lower finishes domestically than either would have intended last term. The Hammers have shorn up their defence with the addition of former Man City duo Hart and Zabaleta, whilst Arnautovic and Hernandez beef up the attack. Slaven Bilic’s side got in a couple of early wins against Arsenal and City last term, but after that they failed to win another game against a top-six side, losing six out of 10, though they only failed to find the net in three of these. With bolstered attacking options, both teams to score looks the best bet in this game, especially as this has occurred in seven of the last nine head to head meetings between these two across all competitions.
Man Utd dropped far too many points at home last season, drawing half their matches hosting bottom-half teams. Indeed, Man Utd drew this fixture 1-1, whilst they achieved the same result at Old Trafford the in the 2014/15 FA Cup. Given seven of their home games last term finished 1-1, the correct score looks like phenomenal value at 11-1 for an eminently plausible match outcome.
West Ham were one of five teams to score first against Man Utd at Old Trafford last term, and we think with their improved front line stand a decent chance of repeating the feat. Javier Hernandez has Premier League experience of course, whilst Lindelof has looked shaky in pre-season at the back for United. The Hammers, who also managed the first goal on their travels at Spurs last term, look to be decent value to repeat the trick.