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Man Utd v West Brom: Reds to recover from European shock

| 10.03.2012

In the wake of another home defeat in Europe, United could do without a chipper West Brom side rocking up at Old Trafford, and though the Baggies will push the hosts all the way, the Reds will find a way to win at 1/4.

West Brom have not beaten Manchester United in 11 attempts in the Premier League, though the Baggies have twice drawn at Old Trafford.

Last season, West Brom came from two goals down to claim an unlikely point. A third successive draw is on offer at 9/2.

Roy Hodgson’s side are enjoying a fine season on their travels, boasting an away record that is only bettered by the two Manchester clubs.

The Baggies have won six and drawn three of their 13 league fixtures on the road.

What’s more, West Brom have won each of their last three league games, scoring ten in and conceding just once in the process. On that basis, 11/1 for an away win looks decidedly generous.

Man United meanwhile suffered a second successive home Europa League defeat, this time at the hands of Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao. However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have responded positively after European disappointment.

They put four past Wolves just days after losing in Basle and more recently won 2-1 at Carrow Road following Ajax’s victory at Old Trafford.

But in spite of European lapses, Old Trafford remains a fortress of sorts. Ferguson’s side have won ten and lost just two of 13 league matches at home.

As for total goals, the last eight meetings between the sides in all competitions have each seen over 2.5 goals, four of which have contained four or more.

And no Premier League ground has seen more goals than Old Trafford, where there has been an average of four goals a game. Over 3.5 goals is available at 5/4.



Richard Anderson