Expect a goal-fest as Man Utd face West Brom

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Manchester United will be heading to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion wary of visiting a ground that has seen so many goals between the pair. 

In the last three meetings between the two, fans in the Black Country have been treated to a combined total of 17 goals.

When the Baggies last hosted the Red Devils, Daley Blind scored a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw for the visitors.

Before that, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all scored to earn three points and wrap up a 3-0 win.

However, it is the meeting at the end of the 2012/13 campaign that is the most eye catching, with the match marking Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge with gusto.

A Jonas Olsson own goal in between strikes from Shinji Kagawa and Alex Buttner saw the Red Devils cruise to a 3-0 lead within half an hour.

James Morrison grabbed the Baggies a lifeline five minutes from the interval, but few could have expected what was to happen in the second half.

Romelu Lukaku struck soon after the restart, but Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez soon responded to give Ferguson’s side a three goal lead.

However, Lukaku wasn’t quite done and manage to find the net two more times with ten minutes to go to complete a thrilling 5-5 draw.

A repeat of that end-to-end match isn’t even priced up, with a 4-4 draw the nearest comparison coming in at 325/1.

Obviously, this isn’t the best bet for punters looking to earn money from the game, but taking advantage of the goal-heavy nature of this game would be a wise move.

On average, the last three meetings have produced an average 5.7 strikes, while the last two come in at 3.5.

Therefore, backing over 3.5 goals at 16/5 would be a solid investment that is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who fancies a flutter.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.