With some pressure relieved thanks to a much needed midweek cup win over the old enemy, Manchester United can get back to business with three points in the Premier League, but not without conceding.
Has there ever been a Premier League manager’s face which beamed with more delight after a Capital One Cup third-round victory than that of David Moyes? Probably not.
Still, it’s easy to excuse the Scotsman’s obvious glee in the circumstances, given the humiliating derby defeat previously and the identity of the opponent in the League Cup.
Now the Red Devils can build on that win with what looks to be a routine three points at home to the Baggies on paper, priced at 2/7 with Ladbrokes.
This is not normally a happy hunting ground for the west midlands outfit either, who have left Old Trafford point-less, and without scoring, on four of their last five visits, though a 2-2 draw in the middle of that sequence breeds hope of a point at 9/2.
Another source of encouragement for the visitors is the fact the champions have now conceded 11 goals in their last six Premier League matches – lending weight to both teams scoring at 1/1.
Furthermore, Steve Clarke’s side seem to do their scoring late this season – scoring three of their four goals in the last 15 minutes – so a strike for the visitors between 75 mins and full-time at 19/4 holds considerable appeal.
Whether or not Moyes is able to recall Robin van Persie is unclear, but gaining the points will be a lot easier thanks to the form of Wayne Rooney, who may wish to consider sporting the headband full time.
Rooney has flourished in his bonce protector, notching four in as many games in all competitions, and the number 10 to score in a home win scenario at 1/1 also requires attention.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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