Man United v West Ham: Revival may come but Reds are no value

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Probably still wondering what happened last Sunday, Manchester United fans will be praying that their team can put the woes of Leicester behind them when West Ham visit Old Trafford.

But with defensive issues continuing to haunt Louis van Gaal, it looks likely to be a case of more shuffling of the pack, with youngster Tom Thorpe rumoured to be in line for a start at the back.

Now while jumping on a ‘Manchester United are rubbish this season’ bandwagon is easy enough to do, a backlash from the Red Devils is never far away.

Nevertheless, with the home side priced up at a less than enticing 4/11 to do the business against the Hammers, we have picked out three bets that look better value.

Both teams to score @ 5/6

On recent showings this looks banker material, and at quite a nice price.

The way in which Leicester were, at times, able to slice through the Manchester United backline last week spells trouble.

They looked out of ideas, and with more changes set to be made, relying on a home clean sheet is hard to do.

Nevertheless there is no doubting their world class front line. With the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria on the pitch, it would be a shock if Adrian wasn’t picking the ball out his net at some point on Saturday afternoon.

To further add fuel to the fire, both sides have scored in four of West Ham’s five Premier League ties this season, with that pattern looking likely to continue.

Diafra Sakho to score anytime @ 16/5

A peach of a signing from Big Sam, Sakho has made no meal of his jump from the French second division to the top tier of English football.

With a goal in each of his starts for the East London club, the Senegalese striker could become something of a cult figure amongst the club’s faithful.

His movement will no doubt trouble a ropey Manchester United defence, and considering his price to score anytime is bigger than that of RVP (11/4) or Falcao (3/1) to score first, he looks cracking value to get on the scoresheet again.

West Ham to come from behind and win or draw @ 7/1

When David Nugent tucked away a penalty to bring the scores back to 2-3 at the King Power Stadium last week, the reaction of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera painted a vivid picture.

Focusing on berating the referee rather than keeping their minds on the match, the writing was on the wall for a Leicester comeback.

That was the second time that van Gaal’s men had thrown away a lead in the Premier League this season, and have actually conceded nearly two-thirds of their league goals this term in the final 30 minutes.

And with Allardyce getting his West Ham side fired up to come back from two down against Hull a fortnight ago, a revival later in the match isn’t out of the question.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.