Why three-point craving Man United won’t be satisfied at West Brom

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It’s been well over a week since a poor Manchester United performance dominated the headlines, but by the time their Premier League clash with West Brom finishes it’ll just seem like times.

David Moyes takes his United side on a trip to the Hawthorns priced up as the 8/11 favourites for victory, with West Brom at 7/2 and the draw at 11/4.

Considering the Red Devils have ended up victorious in only one of their six away games in all competitions since the start of the year, though, that price seems a little too short.

They certainly won’t be able to overcome the Baggies after a period of 11 days in which their already stiff collective joints have been given a chance to rust further.

Having looked lifeless in Greece against Olympiacos in the Champions League, Wayne Rooney and co must now face the league’s draw specialists, who have held more in-form foes than the Old Trafford rabble to a share of the spoils recently.

No top-flight side has drawn more matches than West Brom this season, with their 13 beating their next best rival by four.

In fact, their last four home games have all ended with the same 1-1 scoreline. Three of those games were against Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool, meaning holding a United side some way short on the form meter when compared to that trio should be no bother.

It’s 15/2 that this match ends as a 1-1 draw and considering new Baggies boss Pepe Mel has seen four of his first six games in charge end in stalemates, taking that bet looks a very smart move.

As a side bet, consider the 16/1 available in the half time/full time market on United leading at the break and a draw being the final result. West Brom have trailed at half time before securing a point in five of their last six in front of their own fans.

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

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Matt Wiggins

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