If there’s one thing we can guarantee will happen in 2017, it’s that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue to score goals for fun for Manchester United.
And that’s bad news for their next opponents, West Ham. Especially given that Jose Mourinho’s men will be out for revenge after dropping points against the Hammers back in November.
Man United had a staggering 17 shots to West Ham’s six that day – eight of which were on target.
However, Darren Randolph was in unbelievable form back then, and that match came at a time when the Red Devils just weren’t getting the results they deserved.
But how they’ve responded since then.
In fact, tomorrows visitors to the London Stadium have dropped just two points in all competitions since that match, scoring a solid 13 goals in the process – six of which have been netted by Zlatan.
And United have lost just one of their last 15 meetings with the Hammers – no surprise then that they’re the 8/13 favourites to claim their sixth consecutive league win.
The hosts, meanwhile are priced up at 17/4, after a largely disappointing trip to the King Power Stadium, losing 1-0 to Leicester City.
An optimistic punter will tell you there’s value in Bilic’s side, given that prior to that defeat to the Foxes, West Ham had picked up 10 points from a possible 12, dropping two away at Liverpool.
But in United they’re up against a side who’ve been simply stunning over the last few weeks, be it by dominating games from the offset or grinding out results as they used to under Sir Alex Ferguson.
They also know that a win would see them level on points with Tottenham in fourth place, with only goal difference keeping them out of a Champions League place, so we reckon the value here definitely lies with the visitors.
As for individual players, there’s nowhere else we’d be looking other than the big Swede up-front for United.
He’s opened the scoring on five previous occasions in the league this year. And that tally would have been six had his goal against Middlesbrough not been ruled out yesterday for a controversial foul.
It’s 10/3 for him to score first, although the Evens on him netting his 13th of the season at any time also looks tempting, especially when you consider he’s already scored three against them this season.
And those of you anticipating a convincing victory for the Red Devils may be interested in the 13/8 on offer for them to win with a -1 handicap.
Punters backing United in that market will have already cashed their bets in on 11 occasions, while the Hammers have lost by more than one goal seven times already this season.
With so much to play for, we can’t see anything other than a Man United win here.
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