Man Utd to put two or three past West Brom even with Rooney absent

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Man Utd ended the last calendar year with an astonishing home defeat to Blackburn, but punters should not fear a similarly shock result at home to West Brom.

The Baggies do have previous at Old Trafford, most notably in the 2010/11 campaign when their 2-2 draw meant that they were the only team all season to leave with a positive result.

However, the Red Devils are unbeaten in 11 meetings with West Brom, a run which includes nine victories, and it is 1/4 that they triumph to ensure they end the calendar year with at least a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.

West Brom have enjoyed their festive period thus far with successive 2-1 victories over Norwich and QPR and a win at Man Utd would be the icing on the cake.

It is 9/1 that they land the spoils, with 25/1 the price that they make it a hat-trick of 2-1 victories over recent games.

One hat-trick that is certain not to happen comes in terms of Wayne Rooney’s goals, as he is definitely out with a knee injury, while there are also doubts over fellow attackers Danny Welbeck, Nani, Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa.

Rooney was the only Manchester United player to score against the Baggies last season and has found the target four times in his last three meetings with them.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has watched his side net exactly twice in each of his last four showdowns with the Baggies and 21/10 is perhaps the best price on offer in the match that Man Utd score 2-3 goals again.

They have scored either two or three in five of their nine home games so far this season and in 11 of their 19 altogether in the Premier League.

Additionally, West Brom have conceded twice or three times in five of their nine on their travels, including three of their last four.

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

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Craig Kemp

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