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Man Utd vs West Ham: Predictions
Despite beating Manchester City last weekend, Man Utd aren’t expected to give their rivals much of a contest in the race for the Premier League title this season, with the gap between the two sides currently standing at 14 points (though the Red Devils have a game in hand). However, the victory did also put Man Utd in a more comfortable position in their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men are currently six points clear of fifth place with 10 games left in the Premier League and go into this game in decent form. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their past 12 games across all competitions, including eight in the Premier League and a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the Europa League in midweek.
But sitting in fifth place, with a game in hand over the Red Devils, are this weekend’s opponents West Ham. Not many will have expected West Ham to still be in with a chance for Champions League football at this stage of the season, but David Moyes is working wonders at the east London club.
The Hammers are just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, also with a game in hand, and as a result it could be said they are the team in control of the race. Like Man Utd, West Ham are in good form, only losing three of their past 14 games across all competitions, with those defeats coming against the Red Devils, Liverpool and Man City – teams you’d expect to get the better of the Hammers.
Man Utd vs West Ham: Match Stats
Although Man Utd are unbeaten in their past 12 games across all competitions, seven of those games have ended in a draw, including four of the past five (with the exception of that 2-0 win over Man City last weekend). You could then increase that to eight draws if focusing purely on 90 minutes, as their 1-0 win over West Ham in the FA Cup finished goalless at the end of the normal time, requiring an extra 30 minutes to find a winner.
Neither of these sides are overly dirty, but Harry Maguire has started to collect the cards. The English centre-back has been booked eight times in the Premier League so far this season, the joint-most in the division alongside Isaac Hayden, Conor Gallagher and Hector Bellerin.
5 December 2020 – West Ham 1-3 Man Utd – Premier League
22 July 2020 – Man Utd 1-1 West Ham – Premier League
22 September 2019 – West Ham 2-0 Man Utd – Premier League
13 April 2019 – Man Utd 2-1 West Ham – Premier League
Results between Man Utd and West Ham have been fairly even in recent years, with the Red Devils only just getting the edge, winning three of the past seven games across all competitions to the Hammers’ two, with two draws. However, Man Utd do continue to dominate this fixture with 68 wins overall, including 12 of the past 16 at Old Trafford across all competitions and the FA Cup fifth round tie just last month.