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West Ham vs Man Utd – Hammers can take something

| 02.04.2011

West Ham may have lost their last five Premier League games against Manchester United without even managing to score a goal, but there are reasons to believe that they can take something from the game.

Match Odds

The result of the clash at Upton Park could have major implications at both ends of the table, as Manchester United require points to maintain their title charge, while West Ham are fully engrossed in the relegation fight.

Manchester United’s betting odds are 4/5 to beat West Ham and a victory would see them at least momentarily move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

They have the further incentive of attempting to make amends for their biggest defeat of the season, when West Ham beat them 4-0 at Upton Park in the Carling Cup quarter finals in November.

Other things that will give West Ham confidence are that they have significant momentum of late, particularly thanks to scoring 15 goals in their last six fixtures in all competitions.

Furthermore, Manchester United have only won four of their last 15 Premier League away matches and one of their last five in London, although they do welcome back Nemanja Vidic from a calf injury.

West Ham are 7/2 in the Premier League odds to beat Manchester United, with the draw reasonably priced at 5/2.

However, the best betting option may be the 9/4 on the West Ham victory in the draw no bet market.

First Goalscorer

Wayne Rooney may not be in the finest form in front of goal this season, but West Ham are one of his favourite opponents to play against.

Rooney netted in the 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier this season and in total has five in eight games for Manchester United against West Ham.

It is 4/1 that Rooney strikes the opening goal, while West Ham may be relying on Demba Ba to find the target.

Ba has four goals in four starts since arriving at West Ham in January and is 8/1 to break the deadlock.

A £20 stake on West Ham and Manchester United drawing 2-2 would return £280. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.

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Author

Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.